Sunday, March 24, 2013

Lettuce Coming Out of Our Ears

Earlier this week, I was asked to provide 6 heads of shredded lettuce for a dinner at our church.  So I filled one of those huge Tupperware bowls as full as I could get it.  I wasn't the only one bringing lettuce, but I was the only one who brought home...6 heads of shredded lettuce.  And there are only 2 of us at our house.  What does one do with 6 heads of shredded lettuce before it turns limp, then brown, then gooey?  Well, one has salad as a main dish every day until it is gone.  I thumbed through my recipe notebook and came up with 5 salad choices that would utilize all that lettuce.  I have already shared 2 of those recipes (Speedy Southwest Salad and BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad),  but I have 3 additional salads that are lettuce friendly.  (Terry)

This first salad does not specify a quantity for each of the ingredients.  Just toss "what looks good," according to the number of people you are serving, onto the lettuce.  I prefer a sweet raspberry vinaigrette dressing, but I will give you a poppy seed dressing recipe.  If you have a favorite raspberry vinaigrette, you can use it, use the poppy seed dressing as is or add sweetened raspberries to the poppy seed dressing.
1 pkg mixed lettuce--top with diced pears, sugared nuts, feta cheese, red onion rings, raspberry vinaigrette or poppy seed dressing.
Place in blender:  1/3 C sugar, 2 TB sesame seeds, 1 TB poppy seeds, ½ C extra-virgin olive oil, ¼ C white vinegar.  Blend.  Drizzle over salad and mix.
This salad has a wonderful blend of crunchy, sweet, salty, and cheese.
4 C torn romaine
1 C (4 oz) shredded Swiss cheese
¾ C real bacon bits
½ C salted cashews

Dressing:  Shake well and pour over salad and toss to coat:
3 TB brown sugar, 2 TB water, 2 TB red wine vinegar, 2 TB olive oil, ¼ tp dried minced onion, ¼ tp poppy seeds, ¼ tp ground mustard, dash salt.

In a large bowl combine lettuce, cheese, bacon and nuts.  Pour dressing over mixture.  Serve immediately.  Serves 6.
If you still have some of those 6 heads of lettuce left, here is the final recipe to finish it off.  Now we are getting to the real technical stuff.  Take good notes.
Put lettuce in  a bowl.  Toss on drained mandarin oranges.  Serve with Catalina dressing.
(Shall I repeat the instructions to make sure you got it right?)