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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Winter salad

This works best with a mild, sweet vinegar like Raspberry Wine (or balsamic, if you can afford it!)  If you don't have that then add a tiny sprinkle of sugar to the vinegar.  I would also plop two poached eggs on top, so start those first if you're adding them.
In a ridiculously large bowl, put about one tablespoon of vinegar and about one-half tablespoon of Penzey's dried shallots.  Dice several dried tomatoes into 1/4 inch pieces and drop on top (don't stir yet.) Add 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper and a teaspoon of dijon.  Add about 3 tablespoons of oil and stir.  Add salad greens and toss.  Plate.  On top, sprinkle raisins, craisins, roast pepitas and chow mein noodles.  Shave a mild American parmesan on top and enjoy.

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