Everyday Mom's Meals: Salad Season

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Salad Season

When the sun decides to come out and play more, and the temps begin rise, my summer taste beds set in, and fast.

I start to crave all things fresh, light, grilled, from the garden, cookout staples, picnic favorites. ALL. OF. IT.

Last week we had some crazy weather. That's quite common for Indiana in spring. How crazy you ask? On Sunday we had snow. By Tuesday, it was sunny and 75.

Since I am a meal planner, when there is a sudden shift like that, supper doesn't always line up with the weather. Like on a 80 degree day in October, we might be sitting down to a piping hot bowl of soup. But not this time. As luck would have it, I had planned barbecue chicken and this salad.

Oh, how delicious it was. It was the perfect meal to sit down to after a walk outside, with the sun still shining through the windows, and even thought it wasn't quite time to eat outside yet, that's what it put me in mind of. A meal we could enjoy on the patio table, or even at a cookout. I know what I'm taking to the first one we are invited to this summer, and I bet everyone will want the recipe too.

This salad might be simple, but it brings BIG flavors. I think it could even be made into an entire meal if you added some grilled chicken to it, perfect for a hot summer night!

I think we might finally be turning a corner here as far as seasons go. Winter lasted 927 days, spring has been wet and kinda cold, but there just might be light at the end of the tunnel. And with it, more and more fresh dishes like this to enjoy all season long.

Asian Romaine Toss
3 Romaine lettuce hearts, chopped
2 crowns broccoli, chopped
1 package Ramen noodles, broken, seasoning packet discarded
1 c. chopped walnuts
3 TBS butter
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. red wine vinegar
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 tsp. soy sauce
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a medium bowl whisk together oil, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, salt and pepper until well combined. Set aside. In a large skillet melt butter over medium heat. Saute broken noodles and walnuts until browned, about 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate to cool.

In a large bowl combine lettuce, broccoli and cooled nut mixture. (Reserve a little nut/noodle mix for top.) Toss well. Pour dressing down over. Toss to coast. Chill for 10-15 minutes before serving. Add extra nuts/noodles to top. 

Inspired by Plain Chicken
Shared at Weekend Potluck

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