Sunday, February 10, 2013

Bikini Season Salad

Bikini Season is coming!  Bikini Season IS COMING!!
You're sliding aren't you?  You were good for a while and you stuck to those New Year's resolutions for... a couple of weeks.  I bet you did great! 

Until you started craving Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese.  And then it was Mardi Gras and then Valentines Day is coming.  You can't let that chocolate go to waste!

I have a salad that's going to help you get into that bikini in a few months.

This salad is super simple to prepare and it gets better as it sits in the fridge for a couple of days.

In a large bowl, combine:
Carrots, red and yellow peppers, julienned
Broccoli and cauliflower, cut into bite-sized pieces
Black olives, Kalamata olives (or green olives or even pickles)
Toss with Garlic Vinaigrette Dressing:

Red Wine vinegar
Extra Virgin olive oil
Minced garlic (or crushed, roasted garlic is delicious but doesn't seem to stay fresh for long)
I use 2 to 4 Tablespoons or cloves per cup of vinegar.
Dried spices (oregano, basil, marjoram)
Salt & pepper

I re-use an old plastic olive oil bottle and toss in the ingredients without measuring which gives me the freedom to make a little or a lot. Mix vinegar and oil using a One-to-One ratio (equal amounts of each-- just eyeball it in the jar) then add your other ingredients. Place the cap on the bottle and shake vigorously. Keep this dressing in the fridge for a month or more. Shake vigorously before each use.

I use about 3/4 cup of dressing for this large salad.  When you stir it, you should see a couple of tablespoons of dressing pooled in the bottom of the bowl.
Stir the salad after a couple of hours and then again after it has been in the fridge overnight.  It really does get better and better. A salad I can make ahead and it's not going to get all wilty and nasty? YAY! That is the best kind of salad. Come home after a long day and not have to think about what to prepare for dinner? Awesome!


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