And like Elaine from Seinfeld, sometimes I just want a really big salad, and I could eat this whole thing by myself.
Spinach Salad (I
1 lb spinach
1 head Boston Bibb
1 c. sliced celery
1/2 c. sliced green onions.
Right here I need to stop and tell you that I'm giving you my mom's recipe word for word, but I don't make it this way. I usually use Romaine, or any other salad green thats on sale. Today, I used 2 heads of Romaine, and thats all. No onions or celery. Still quite wonderful.
Mix above and add:
15 oz. mandarin oranges, or a bunch of sliced fresh strawberries - Actually, any fruit will work here. I've used apples, pears, and peaches, whatever is in season.
1/2 lb shredded mozzarella cheese
And now, I'm going to give you the secret ingredient. This technique alone will make any salad that much better. Honest. To. God.
Saute 2 T sugar and 1/2 cup slivered almonds. Stir often until brown and the sugar is all melty. Spread this out to cool on aluminum foil. This works with just about any nut - I usually use whatever I have in the pantry. Pecans are also quite delightful.
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
5 Tablespoons white vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
mix above and gradually add 1 cup of oil.
You can also add 1 and a half teaspoons of grated onion and 1 and a half teaspoons of poppy seeds if you don't mind picking them out of your teeth for the rest of the day. (can you tell what I usually leave out? )
This is, by far, my favorite salad. I make it whenever I'm asked to bring a salad somewhere - its easy to double the size of this and it usually goes pretty quickly.