Thursday, June 25, 2009

Evil CSA Romaine & Homemade Poppy Seed Dressing

Tonight was a quick and easy dinner. SP grilled boneless, skinless chicken breasts - mine just had BBQ sauce; his had added special spicy seasonings. He also grilled the CSA green zucchini - yum! I made a salad using the CSA romaine. I used up our cucumber from Father's Day, chopped another tomato, added some green and kalamata olives, and made a dressing.

I prefer making my own dressing for salad - my exception is Marzetti Chunky Blue Cheese dressing - yum! But creamy dressing isn't so healthy. Lately we've been making a lot of balsamic dressing, which is probably my favorite, but a co-favorite would be Poppy Seed Dressing. My mom gave me this recipe, which she got from a friend in Vermont. It's 3/4 cup canola oil, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1/3 cup honey, 2 tbsp poppy seeds, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, and a bit of onion salt. Yum!! And it used up one of our honey bears (we had 3 in the pantry!!!) - this honey bear contained a darker colored honey from one of the CSA suppliers. Unfortunately, for the second or third time in the last 1-2 months, the salad upset my stomach. My dad has the same problem with lettuce sometimes. Sensitive stomachs - ugh. I was extra careful when I washed the romaine - I washed each leaf individually, using my hands to thoroughly rub each leaf and dislodge any dirt, then I ripped each leaf into bite size pieces while letting water run over the pieces in my hands, and then, after the colander was full of washed and ripped romaine, I ran even more water over it and tossed it around. Then I spun it in the spinner.

Oh well. It sure was tasty. Too bad I seem to be developing a lettuce sensitivity to go along with my garlic sensitivity.

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