It's hot here this week. (Temps in the 100s and heat indexes into the 115s!) Way too hot to cook and heat up the house with the oven or stove. These are great days for cold plate dinners. My favorite cold plate meal has got to be a big leafy green salad with all the fixins. I've been making this current salad for months now and I could eat it every day...seriously. It's so good. It's also a nice salad because you can tweak it with what you have on hand. You can mix it up so that you won't get tired of it even if you do happen to eat it every day for a week. (trust me, I know!) I've decided to call it the "still not tired salad". Here are the building blocks, but feel free to add your favorites and make it yours.
one bowl of leafy greens (romaine, iceberg, green leaf, baby leaf...whatever you have in the fridge)
crumbled blue cheese (although when I've been out, I've used shredded cheddar and that's been good)
Good Seasons Italian dressing (I use the packets and make my own...I swear this dressing makes the salad...no substitutions here)
Feel free to add:
chicken stripes or steak
or whatever your heart desires
Mix every thing together and dress the salad ahead of serving. A dressed salad allows all those ingredients to get together and mingle, which results in great flavor. Have fun and don't forget to share a couple of those baby carrots with your favorite pooch.
Molly is always underfoot when she hears the salad shredder come out of the cupboard. If you don't have a salad shredder (which I only have because my mom was cleaning out her kitchen) use a grater and grate your carrots. Do you have a favorite summer cold plate meal that you love to make when the temperatures sky-rocket? If so, please share, the forecast is looking like we're in for some sizzling summer weather.