Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Homemade summer salad bar.

I love salads!!! Especially when I make them at home with all my favorite toppings. What I do to make it easily accessible is prep everything in advance and put all the toppings in small individual dishes. When I want a salad during the week all I have to do is take out the trays and I have an instant salad bar. 

My favorite Items are:
Green olives
Boiled egg
Honey baked ham
Grilled chicken
Mini gherkins
Dried Cranberries
Sunflower seeds

I mixed the carrots and celery together because they are they same texture and it would save on an extra condiment dish.

I spiced up the diced tomatoes with fresh parsley.
My dressing of choice is my home made basil, roasted red pepper balsamic vinaigrette dressing. 


1/2 cup of Olive Oil
1/4 cup of Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/2 cup parsley
2 cups of roasted red peppers
1/2 cup of sun dried tomatoes pesto
2 tablespoons of Mrs. Dash tomatoes basil garlic
1/4 cup of fresh basil or basil pesto
3 cloves of garlic

In a food processer, blend all ingredients except for the Olive Oil and balsamic vinaigrette. After everything is mixed, slowly add the balsamic vinaigrette while mixing. Once the balsamic vinaigrette is incorporated, do the same with the Olive Oil. Pour dressing in a container and refridgerate.  
I made some homemade crustiness. I put some olive oil in a bowl with Mrs. Dash, Tomato Basil Garlic seasoning. Then add kosher salt to taste. I then brushed the bread slices with the mixture and baked for ten minutes.  


1 comment:

  1. This looks delicious and it's such a great idea! I love all of your ingredients! Wish I could get my little one to eat lettuce, but my older one would definitely be game for this type of meal. Great post! YUM!



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