Strawberry Spinach Salad. With Goat Cheese. And Toasted Almonds. This salad is essential to my well being. At the end of a long day, this salad can make everything right. Without this salad, my life would not be the same. It makes me happy.
When I first considered what food to choose for “Q”, the only thing that came to mind at first was “Quail”…. hmm….
Never in my life have I woken up and thought, “Hm, I think I’ll make quail for dinner today.”
Think about your last trip to the supermarket. Did you see quail in the butcher case? Did you even think to look? I didn’t.
That is why, Q is NOT for Quail.
Q is for QUINOA!!!
Summer is in full swing here in Phoenix. You know this when the temperature breaks 115°F… funny enough, a 101°F day is mild and yes, you can tell the difference. In the midst of these weeks of extreme heat we stay inside more often than not, meaning that I can indulge in my official state of “nesting”.
It’s been a long week and you have neither the time nor the energy to make a fabulous, healthy side to that frozen pizza you whipped out of the oven…
Oh wait, I’m sorry, that was me. Is that a sacrilege?… Frozen pizza I mean. Bad? No?
Well, in any case, we have it from time to time at our house.
I love to have a good salad with my pizza and this one is great as a quick side for you and your family ANYtime…
When I made it this time around it was for our Mother’s Day get-together with my husband’s family. It’s simple and delicious.
You can add toppings to it if you like or just leave it as is!
Here is everything you need:
Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, strawberry jam, strawberries, and greens. JUST FIVE INGREDIENTS!!
(Okay, seven ingredients with salt and pepper)
We all need a good blue cheese dressing in our lives. I haven’t tried many recipes for making this yet, but this one was wonderful so I’m adding it to my favorites. Let me know if you have a version of blue cheese dressing that you love!
When I made this I made one mistake… I didn’t mash the blue cheese at the beginning. It was much harder to mash after I had added all the other ingredients. It was messy, to say the least. I wouldn’t recommend it.
You need 4 oz blue cheese (the recipe calls for Gorgonzola), 1/3 cup sour cream, 1/3 cup buttermilk, 1/4 cup mayo, 1 TBSP white wine vinegar, 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce, and 1/4 tsp black pepper.
Mash the cheese well with a fork FIRST. Add in all the other ingredients. Whisk to combine. DONE! It makes a little over a cup of dressing so if you don’t need it all store it in an airtight container for up to a week. YUM!
Here’s the pictures:
Click here for the official recipe from Alton Brown.