Monday, November 30, 2009

BACK TO REALITY FOOD!'s all about the food! We had such a lovely and delicious many laughs...great conversation...and so much to be thankful for. Hours of preparation and the meal is devoured in no time! The nice thing is seems that ALL the pots and pans and dishes in the kitchen get used and washed on Thanksgiving!! Or so it seems. that we have eaten ourselves into a food coma, it's time to come back to earth and have healthier meals before the next big holiday rolls around....with all those COOKIES!
We are back to salads and soups, lots of vegetables and fruits. Here is a recipe for a light and very delicious salad. Serve it with a panini or a nice crusty bread for a lighter meal.
I had a lot of fresh herbs from Thanksgiving, so I just mixed up what I had and added them in.
This recipe and photo are from ALL YOU magazine.

3 Tbsp. minced shallot
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
4 Tbsp red wine vinegar
Pinch of sugar
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 cups mixed greens such as arugula and baby lettuce
2 Belgian endives, chopped
1 cup fresh herbs such as basil, chervil, chives, mint, parsley and tarragon, all coarsely chopped.

Make dressing: In a medium bowl or jar with a scre top lid, combine the shallot, mustard, vinegar, sugar and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Mix or shake to combine. Slowly whisk in olive oil until dressing is emulsified (or add all at once and shake to combine).

Make salad: Place greens, endives, and herbs in a large bowl and drizzle with about half of the dressing. Gently toss. Taste and, if desired, add remaining dressing and season with additional salt and pepper.

So good. The dressing can be made a day in advance. This is also a good dressing to use for any type of salad.


  1. Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    This salad is very light and healthy. If only I could stick to eating something like more often for a light lunch or even dinner.

  2. I'm so glad you had a wonderful holiday. I'll see you at the salad bar :-). Your dressing sounds delicious.

  3. Oh I do need to eat nothing but salad and fruit for a bit. Thanks for this yummy recipe.

  4. I always think of Julia Child; she is quoted as commenting that she eats salad while her steak is grilling, grins. A salad is most welcomed now after all the heavy foods of Thanksgiving.

  5. Oh yes, Thanksgiving was wonderful...this the season to indulge! But in moderation, of course. Right now, we need salads like this to prepare us for the Christmas and New Year's feasts! ;-)


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