How do I love chopped salads? Let me count the ways:
1. Variations are endless.
2. They're ready in a snap.
3. No cooking required, perfect for hot, summer nights!
Let your kids make their own salad. You'll be surprised how many colorful, healthy ingredients go in when they're in control!
For the dressing:
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tsp agave syrup (or regular sugar)
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tbsp shallot, finely minced
For the salad:
2 hearts of romaine, finely shredded
2 carrots, grated
1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped
4 oz goat or blue cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup green onions (scallions), sliced
1 cup diced chicken
1/2 cup candied walnuts
To make the dressing, place the vinegar in a mixing bowl with ¼ tsp. salt and fresh grinding of pepper. Whisk in the agave syrup or sugar. (If using sugar, make sure it dissolves before adding the other ingredients.) Whisk in the Dijon mustard to combine, then slowly whisk in the oil until the dressing is emulsified. Stir in the shallots and set aside.
Combine the lettuce, carrots, apple, cheese, green onion, and any other ingredients you’re using in a large salad bowl. Pour ½ of the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Taste and add more dressing if you’d like. Serve immediately.
Amanda Haas is a cookbook author, cooking video host, and the founder of One Family One Meal, a website that helps families menu plan, grocery shop, and cook on a budget. Her latest writing collaboration is with renowned chef Todd English. The book, Cooking in Everyday English, is loaded with family-friendly recipes. Amanda’s own cookbook, Real Family Food, is now available for pre-order from Amazon and will be released in the Fall of 2012
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