Friday, February 18, 2011

A yummy salad

After a 3 mile walk with my pup this morning, I came home ravenous. I was really craving a salad from my favorite place around town to get one, Cool Greens, but I wasn't really in the mood to shell out $12 for one, although they are so worth it. After a quick peek in the fridge I decided I had all the fixings for a great salad for free! 

For the dressing:
about 1/4 c. rice vinegar
2 small cloves garlic, or 1 regular size
salt and pepper
a sprinkle of dried Italian seasoning
about 1/4 c. grapeseed oil
Whisk all ingredients together and taste. I don't like the taste of oil in dressings, so I always end up adding more vinegar, but adjust the measurements and seasonings to fit what you like. 

For the salad: 
3-4 c. baby arugula and mixed greens. I think what I used is just called "baby arugula mix"
1 avacado, cubed
a couple of slices of red onion
about 1/4 c. sprouts
2-3 T. walnuts, roughly chopped
goat cheese crumbles, as much as you like
Throw all ingredients in a bowl big enough to hold them, except for the goat cheese and half the walnuts. Toss with the dressing (I didn't use it all), and transfer to a big plate. Top with remaining walnuts and goat cheese. Eat it up!  

This was a huge salad. And I ate every bite. I'm pretty sure my measurements are accurate, but it's a salad, you just add as much of whatever you like. I'm sure you all can handle that. 

1. The new Radiohead album. Released a day early, it's real good stuff. 
2. Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality by Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha. Can't wait to discuss this one with the book club ladies.
3. Groupon and my American Apparel purchase.  
4. Wickles! I'm a full on addict now, thanks to Josiah. (Psst, the okra is amazing too)
5. Finding two pairs of flats (same pair, different colors) on sale BIG TIME at Dillard's. Finally found a replacement for my favorite yellow flats that I sadly had to retire. 

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