A Romantic Valentine’s Day Salad
I am convinced that making a great salad is within everyone’s grasp. The secret is in knowing how to make a great, basic vinaigrette and then in dressing it up in any number of ways so it complements your salad ingredients. A salad should be a refreshing and healthful combination of flavors and textures: a mixture of tender and crisp greens, the interplay of sweet against salty against bitter. Start thinking of salad composition in terms of these contrasts, and you will be able to put together a great version for your Valentine.
A Romantic Valentine’s Day Meal For Her
Be sure to check out my previous post on putting together a romantic home cooked meal for your sweetheart and look for upcoming blog posts for more ideas and recipes. So far I have talked about:
and I put it all together with music and flower suggestions, along with cooking videos and polls on my new Squidoo Lens, A Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner. Please check it out, give it a rating and send me your comments at the end.
Some Other Salad Options
One of the simplest and most classic salads is the Caesar Salad, a combination of crisp lettuce, crunchy croutons and buttery-sharp parmesan cheese dressed with a rich, creamy dressing. I have a great recipe for Caesar Salad on my web site but if you are in a hurry and you want to take a shortcut, there are some good Caesar Salad kits that you can purchase at the grocery store. Look for the Dole, Fresh Express, or Cardini brands.
Although making a basic vinaigrette is easy, there is another shortcut I have been know to make and my dinner guests are amazed when I tell them how I made the salad dressing. I’m sure you have all seen the Good Seasons Italian dressing that comes with the glass cruet. If you use a combination of virgin olive oil and canola oil (I call it a chef’s blend) and use it with balsamic vinegar, you end up with a very tasty quick and easy, down and dirty salad dressing. You can even add a little Dijon mustard to give it a little more flavor.
I know it doesn’t sound gourmet, but give it a try and let me know.