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Chopped Vegetable Salad

FullSizeRender (2)FullSizeRenderI was having a dinner party and thought this would be a perfect addition to my menu. It contained fresh  vegetables and a salad all in one! Perfect side dish served right along with dinner. Of course you can add a protein and make this the meal which would be ever so perfect. Perfection in a bowl. This is what I did and what veggies I used, feel free to use the vegetables you would love. These were the quantities that worked perfectly though. I won’t lie it took some prep for this and a good idea would be to chop a lot of the veggies ahead of time and have them ready. Avocado and lettuce must be added right before serving though. Dressing and veggies can be made ahead of time .

*I served as a side dish and it was generous for about 6 -8 servings , if you’re using for a main probably 4-6.

*Original Recipe from O Magazine–I made a few changes



2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar

1 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard

1 garlic clove–minced

1/2 tsp. kosher salt plus a little more to taste at the end

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper plus more to taste at the end

1/4 cup good extra-virgin olive oil


1/2 lb. green beans, trimmed and cut into small pieces — about 1/2″

2 medium carrots, cut into small pieces

3 ears of corn, cut kernels off cobs

1/2 pint small cherry or grape tomatoes cut in 1/2

2 ribs celery, cut into small pieces , about 1/2″ pieces

1 red bell pepper, cored and cut into small pieces , also about 1/2″ size

1/3 cup finely chopped red onion

1 head romaine , chopped

1 large ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and diced

1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

Meanwhile in a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, garlic, and 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Lastly, whisk in the oil slowly. Set aside.

When water comes to a boil, add cut up green beans and carrots to boiling water and cook until tender, about 5-6 minutes. Add corn and cook a couple of minutes more. Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water, let veggies completely cool down. I let them sit till they were completely cool. Give vinaigrette a quick whisk, and add veggies to the bowl. Add in the tomatoes, celery , bell pepper and onion and toss well. Set aside and let marinate for at least 1/2 hour. I probably let it sit in marinade for about an hour.

Right before serving, add chopped romaine, avocado and parmesan . Taste for salt and pepper and add as needed. Toss gently to combine.

Serve immediately.

New Salad Dressing–Pollan Family Table

IMG_6099 IMG_6093IMG_1488 IMG_6094 I am in love with this new cookbook “The Pollan Family Table” . If you’re in the market for a new cookbook I highly recommend it. I made the “Pollan Signature Salad Dressing” tonight and it is delicious. Here is the recipe for the dressing, I used greens, candied walnuts and pears and shaved parmesan.  You can use it on any salad you like. You’ll need a tight-fitting jar or another jar that you can keep dressing in. I also did it in a blender but you can use a bowl and whisk it together and use right away. I was making it for later and I like the way a blender emulsifies the dressing . I love a Ball Bell Jar to store dressing in.

Thank You to the Pollan Family for the cookbook and the recipes. This is what I did .

This is known as their “Signature Salad Recipe” if you go to the book.


1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon champagne vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard

1/3 cup grape seed oil

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Kosher Salt/Sea Salt whichever you have

Freshly Ground Black Pepper


I did it in a blender but if you’d like you can use a small mixing bowl. Combine the vinegars, mustard, 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt, and a few grinds of the pepper mill. I turned on the blender and slowly added the oils in through the top to emulsify. If you’re using a bowl just whisk vigorously.

That’s it! just taste for salt and pepper before serving.

Champagne Vinaigrete and Kale/Brussels Salad

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Dressed Salad

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View from Deck

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Joel’s Salad with lots of Parmesan Cheese–hey he ate it!

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This Champagne Vinaigrette appeared on my blog back in 2012. It’s really perfect on any kind of greens and this is the salad that I made along with it. I love Kale but I don’t like feeling like I’m eating the front lawn. I like my kale very finely chopped and massaged with dressing. I use my food processor to chop the kale and I dress the salad ahead of eating it and let it sit for a while so that the kale can absorb as much of the dressing as possible. This salad was really delicious and I know this is almost impossible to believe but I got Joel to eat some of it! The way I did that was to add a lot of parmesan cheese to his plate and he ate it.  Enjoy this dressing it is perfection in a bottle and good on almost anything you put it on.

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Champagne Vinaigrette:

1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard

1 teaspoon whole grain mustard (Maille makes a wonderful mustard)

1/3 cup Champagne Vinegar

1 tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar

1 teaspoon Honey

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

kosher salt to taste app. 1/4 teaspoon to start

freshly ground black pepper , a few grinds of the mill to taste

Ingredients for the Salad:

1 bunch of Kale or a bag of washed and chopped kale , baby kale is great as well

1/2 lb. of Brussels Sprouts, washed and cut thinly–now you can buy brussels already sliced which makes prep super fast and easy!!!

*this is optional but it adds pretty color and some more crunch. 1/2 small head radicchio, cored and thinly sliced

1/2 cup of Grated Parmesan or Shaved Parmesan

1/2 cup of dried fruit, I used dried craisins, but raisins, cherries, any of them will do

1/2 cup pignoli nuts, I roast them in the oven for about 4 minutes till they get toasty. ( in oven at 350 degrees for about 4 mins.)

*add any seasonal fruits or vegetables or protein you may like,  this is just a basic salad idea.


Using my blender I threw all vinaigrette ingredients  except for the olive oil which I slowly streamed in through the top of blender until dressing emulsified. Taste for Salt and Pepper and you’re good to go.

Wash and Dry the Kale, remove the stems and ribs and just use the leaves. Even better you can buy triple washed kale already chopped. I still put that through my processor because it’s not chopped enough for me.

In the food processor I chopped up kale slowly, you don’t want to over chop the kale either. As soon as it starts to break down I stopped and removed it and added more.  I do it in sections till it’s all chopped.

Slice Brussels very thinly into slices , they will fall apart as you slice and mix them into salad.  Add Brussels to Kale with all other salad ingredients except for Parmesan Cheese. I added cheese when I was ready to serve to individual plates.

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Raw Chopped Salad pre dressing

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Salad Dressing with Roasted Garlic

photo 1 photo 4 (2) photo 5 (2)photo 1 (78)photo 2 (62)photo 1 (2)Yes, I read and subscribe to Gwyneth Paltrow’s website Goop and when she’s not explaining her “conscious uncoupling” the website is actually very informative and worthwhile. In any event her suggestions for recipes are very worthwhile. This recipe was on the Goop website and even though you have to roast the garlic which is a little time-consuming it was a super delicious dressing and I actually put it on Salmon before I broiled it and it was really tasty.  The recipe is from Roberta’s Cookbook which actually looks pretty amazing. I always have all these ingredients in the house and they are simple ingredients .  I have to admit the first time I read it I was thinking of omitting the roasted garlic but it wouldn’t have been as deeply layered a flavor. I highly recommend this recipe and roasting the garlic , we fully enjoyed our salad. I used plain Romaine this time out but this would be amazing on any greens. I also used it on my broiled salmon a few days later and it was amazing. I broiled the salmon on lemon and thyme  brushed the dressing on it put it back in broiler for about 5 minutes and it was delicious. So not only a great salad dressing but an awesome marinade as well. This was my adaptation.



1 head of garlic for roasting

3/4 cup of olive oil, and a little splash for roasting garlic

1 peeled garlic clove

2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard

1 1/2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar

2 Tablespoons Sherry Vinegar

2 egg yolks

5 anchovy fillets

Juice of 1 small lemon

Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste ( I used a little black pepper and a very small amount of Kosher Salt, it’s your call)


To Roast Garlic:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut about a quarter of an inch off the head of the garlic and place the head cut side up on a piece of aluminum foil large enough to cover garlic.  Splash a little water and a splash of olive oil over the whole head of garlic.  Make a loosely wrapped little package with the tin foil. I baked for one hour. Remove the garlic from the oven and let it cool down. Squeeze out 4 – 5 cloves depending on how large they are you’ll use less or more. Set aside extra garlic to use as a spread if you like. Your house will smell amazing.


Place roasted garlic cloves, the raw clove of garlic, mustard, vinegars, egg yolks, anchovies and lemon juice into a blender or food processor ( I used a mini food processor) Blend till well combined.

While blending, add the olive oil in a slow steady stream until it’s incorporated and dressing looks smooth and creamy. Taste for salt and pepper .

Dressing will keep in refrigerator for a week. Because of raw eggs I wouldn’t keep much longer than that.



The basics: salad dressing- Mustard Vinaigrette and Caesar

Salad Dressing in the Cuisinart

Salad Dressings

While there are some amazingly delicious salad dressings out there these days I prefer to make my own. Sometimes you have to cave and go store bought but if you have a little extra time these are well worth a little extra effort.  It is so easy to make these salad dressings and the taste is so delicious and fresh. They will keep for a few days to a week in the fridge (Ball Jar or Good Seasons Cruet Jar; sold in almost every supermarket.)

For all of the dressing, I throw all the ingredients in a mini food processor, whole garlic and all

This one is my most favorite go-to dressing: 

 My Mustard Vinaigrette Dressing 

3 tablespoons champagne vinegar

about 1/2 teaspoon of fresh minced garlic (about two small cloves)

1 egg yolk (unless you’re spooked about raw egg, in which case you can omit and substitute with about a tablespoon of mayo. I always use egg.)

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon black ground pepper

1/2 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

First, I put the garlic in the processor, then add everything but the olive oil. Give it a good whirl, mixing all ingredients together. Then add olive oil slowly; it will emulsify and you can taste and add salt and pepper to taste and adjust the dijon to your liking. You may start with less and add. An option is to squeeze in a little lemon juice. I am pretty true to this recipe and it always rewards.

This is awesome over almost any greens.

Keep excess in fridge for about 3 or 4 days.

Caesar Salad Dressing 

Again I put all ingredients in mini or regular processor

2 cloves garlic

1 egg yolk

kosher salt

fresh ground black pepper

4-5 anchovies (I like it salty and use 5)

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 tablespoon (heaping) I like a lot Dijon Mustard

grated Parmesan cheese (fresh is always best)

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

First, I chop garlic then add anchovies to the processor, and mix together. Then add lemon juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and egg yolk. I mix all together, and then slowly add olive oil in, mix together and taste for salt, because the anchovies and mustard give it a lot of salt and kick. You can always add more salt, but you can’t take it away. Add pepper.

For the Salad:

Pour dressing on about two heads of romaine. I’ve stretched it to 3 and I know they sell 3 heads in a bag–it’s a bit skimpy, but doable. Mix together and right before serving, add cheese; or let everyone do their own with a hand grater!

I buy Organic Romaine heads (3 in a package). I prefer organic.