The weather here in Southern Arizona is warming up! This is why we live here! Sunshine and heat! When it warms up, we love to eat lots of salad at our house! Some people tell me, salad is so much work; but it really isn’t! Just get in the kitchen and start chopping! If you aren’t going to use the whole bowl, just keep the dressing on the side and it will last all week! Also remember, don’t use a knife to cut your lettuce, just tear it apart with your fingers. This will prevent browning around the edges!
Here is my favorite ITALIAN SALAD: great with some grilled meat or just add some grilled chicken to the salad and call it a meal!
For the dressing:
1 cup loosely packed fresh flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped, about 1 bunch
10 large leaves of fresh basil
1/4 tsp. fresh oregano
2 cloves of garlic
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 cup good quality olive oil
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 tsp. honey
Place all in a food processor or blender and pulse until blended.
For the salad:
1 large or 2 small heads of romaine lettuce, washed, patted dry and cut into large bite size pieces
1 large red bell pepper chopped
1 cup hothouse cucumbers chopped
1 large carrot peeled into ribbons
Handful of grape tomatoes
Handful of Kalamata olives
Red onion rings to taste
Feta cheese to taste
Mix all ingredients together and toss with dressing. Enjoy!