I’m having a friend over for dinner tonight and I’m making a chili-rubbed pork tenderloin with a corn salsa and sweet potato fries. I think a big bowl of salad might needed but I have no idea what to put in it. Any ideas? I usually make pretty lame salads. Only restrictions are no nuts and no bell peppers. Thanks!
This might not work with your dish tonight but lately I have been asked to bring salad to pot lucks and I wanted to take it to the "next level" LOL. This has been a big hit.
4 T. each both olive oil and vegetable oil
1.5 T each both red wine and balsamic vinagar
1 clove garlic minced
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 T basil paste concentrated or 1 cup basil leaves chopped up
Mix all together. If using fresh leaves, crush and mix well into dressing to get the oil essences
Salad I use any type of leaf lettuce and add chopped mozerella/provelone/swiss as well as crumble some feta cheese. Additionally I add shredded (by hand) procuitto (Italian cured ham) Make sure to remove any fat first.
I also add chopped almonds I roasted beforehand but obviously for your purposes you can omit this.
Alternatively if I want to make a quick salad and serve it french style I do basic salad with dressing and add goat cheese (my best results are cut into circular discs, dipped in egg and breadcrumb and flash grilled with olive oil in frypan...can be made ahead and reheated in toaster oven)
My brain also went to avacado and lime with this dinner. A great salad can be pretty simple, but not necessarily lame. You could try individual arranged salads, like a bed of chopped Romaine lettice, for the crunch. Top with some sliced avacado, add a few halved cherry or grape tomatoes, some chopped scallions, sea salt and freshly cracked pepper and lime vingerette or just fresh squeezed lime juice and a few drops of good olive oil. A few sprigs of cilantro.