The Summer of the Salad…

Momma always made pretty nutritious meals. I don’t really know why but I never remember having to eat salad in my younger years. As I’ve shared before, we had to eat whatever was cooked and placed on our plate so I think I would remember turning my nose up at salad. I do remember her serving it occasionally when we had company for a meal though.

Do you remember those wooden salad bowls with knobby feet on it and cute little wooden salad bowls ? I have some now… they came from either her house of Aunt Bernice’s.

Anyway, I never ate salad until I was around 14 and I did it because I was embarrassed not to.

I was “going steady ” (Who remembers that term??) My boyfriend’s parents invited me to eat steak with them one Friday night. I was a real meat and potatoes kind of girl so I was excited. Until his mother served a salad before the main course !! It had iceberg lettuce (the only kind we knew about at that time), tomatoes, cucumbers, and onion (all things I didn’t like )!

What was I going to do??? I was so embarrassed to not eat it that I forced myself to eat it. thankfully they had Thousand Island Dressing. I had learned if you mix mayo and ketchup together you get a very similar condiment so I probably drowned it in dressing to cover up the taste and I’m sure I ate a ton of crackers with it (probably one cracker with each bite- another trick I had learned from having to eat tomatoes ).

And surprisingly, I liked it pretty well ! I came home and asked Momma why we didn’t have it more often…I started eating salad more frequently and now I eat it at least 4 times per week.

A friend of mine had been telling about eating Grilled Romaine Salad. I can’t believe we never tried it until last Saturday night when we went to a cooking class. Y’all, it is soo yummy we had it again Monday night !!

Chef Wolfe at the Farmer’s Table in Livingston, MS is a really good instructor and we always enjoy his classes. I’m sharing the recipe in hopes that you will enjoy it, maybe even this weekend !

Grilled Romaine Heart Salad:

Romaine heart, cut in half

heirloom cherry tomatoes (halved)

1 cucumber, halved and thinly sliced

baked bacon, crumbled (Baking is My New Fave way to cook Bacon !)

red onion thinly sliced

bagel seasoning

  1. Preheat grill to 450 degrees and brush the halved Romaine Hearts with oil, season with S & P and place on a sheet tray.
  2. Place the lettuce on the preheated grill and sear for 60 seconds to achieve a good char. Remove from grill.
  3. Plate the salad with veggies & bacon on top. Drizzle with dressing and bagel seasoning plus a soft cheese like feta, gorgonzola or blue cheese if desired.

Smoky Comeback Dressing

1 onion, smoked and pureed.

1 bunch green onions sliced

2 cups of Duke’s mayo

1/2 C of ketchup

1/4 C of creole mustard

1T of garlic powder

1 celery stalk, pureed

1 t cayenne pepper

1 T of Worcestershire

1 T of French cracked black pepper

  1. After smoking the onion, puree in food processor with celery.
  2. Add all other ingredients in processor and pulse until smooth.

ENJOY !!!!

I have also seen a recipe that called for grilled chicken and a vinaigrette dressing that we will try soon.

There are so many great salad recipes and it’s a way to get lots of veggies into your diet, a healthy option if you can transition from creamy dressings to lighter vinaigrettes.

Published by dinahsdabblings

Hey ! Let me introduce myself. I'm a passionate soul who loves life ! My dabblings are many but I focus on FAITH, FAMILY, FITNESS, FOOD and FUN ! Those are the things I'll be sharing about in this blog. I'm hoping you will get some value here and find things that will improve your life and outlook. I'm here to help others find a way to live a healthier, more satisfying life and love the skin they're in. If that's interesting to you, lets connect.

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