Hey there internet, did you miss me? I sure did miss you! While La Petite Pancake was taking a little hiatus from blogging, the internet was pulling late night hours organizing a salad week for you all. How splendid!
Seriously though, the folks that brought you Cake Week, Pie Week, etc., have turned a new leaf (that was a play-on word) to celebrate Salad Week!
I have a bit of a secret though…
I’m a salad snob.
If a salad doesn’t have lots of ingredients (usually gourmet), I gag. Chopped carrots over a head of iceberg with ranch will make me shudder and convulse. I’m not usually a picky eater, but you couldn’t pay me to eat that cafeteria crap.
Thank goodness the Barefoot Contessa is also the Queen of Salads. She pulled out a winner with her Grilled Filet Steak and Arugula Salad. I make this salad sans-steak every other week, and I keep the dressing around to spice up sandwiches, roasted veggies, and pizzas. ”How easy is that?” (Barefoot Contessa jokes, anyone? Bueller? Bueller?)
For the salad, you will need:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
Bunch of arugula (Ina calls for baby arugula, but I like the bite of the adult middle-aged over-the-hill arugula)
1 (4-ounce) chunk good Parmesan cheese
When you don’t have a salad spinner, your counter will ultimately look like this:
Mix all of the ingredients together, except for the Parmesan. I use a Mason Jar so I can shake it up without spilling and save the leftovers easily.
The perfect way to transform any dish into something that looks fancy shmancy is to use the vegetable peeler. Et voila:
We topped our salad with grilled steak and thinly sliced red onions. If you’re feeling frisky, toss the leftover salad into a pita pocket, and have yourself some tasty next-day lunch!
Please check out the other salads from Salad Week for a departure from the blasphemous plain iceberg:
Wannabe a Country Cleaver-Chicken Mole Salad
Comfortably Domestic-Simple Caser Salad
Grier Mountain-Spiced Lamb and Lentil Salad
Inside NanaBread’s Head-Creole Potato Salad
Tenaciously Yours-Cheese and Calavo Salad
Decadent Philistines Save the World-Reworked Cabbage Ramen Salad
Bakeaholic Mama-Ranch BLT Salad in Bacon Cups (6 slices of bacon were involved…6!!!)
The Grom Mom-Tropical Chicken Salad in a Papaya Boat