Wednesday, May 30, 2012

"ROY G. BIV" Salad

I know, I know, mnemonics are a bit dorky but, hey, I went to law school.  I make the salad above all of the time.  It goes with every meal and people really like it.  One thing that makes this salad so great is that its so colorful - not only do they say you eat with your eyes first, but its also healthier to eat a lot of different colored foods.  I don't really have set amounts for how much of each ingredient I put in, because it really depends on how many people I am serving.  Just use your own judgement and add more or less of your favorites.  Thanks to that old Science mnemonic (thanks, Ms. Lerner), you can always remember the ingredients, because there is basically one ingredient for every color of the spectrum.

  • Red:
    • Cherry  Tomatoes (halved)
  • Orange:
    • Baby Carrots (sliced into 3rd or 4ths)
  • Yellow:
    • Yellow Peppers (sliced)
  • Green:
    • Baby Greens
    • Cucumber (peeled and sliced)
  • Blue/Indigo:
    • Blue Cheese (crumbled)*
  • Violet:
    • Red Onion (sliced thick enough to fork)
Croutons and Dressing:
* Feta is a great alternative if you're not a fan of blue.

If you can't find Briana's, you can make your own French vinagrette by whisking or shaking the following ingredients together:
  • 1 teaspoon dried or 2 teaspoons fresh herbs
  • 5 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 small clove garlic (crushed or finely chopped)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
I hope that you try out and enjoy this recipe!  Do you have any favorite salads or salad ingredients?

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