Last Monday evening, I determined it was time to purchase Barclay a “sharp” tiny present.
I had taken off operate a couple of hours early that day to head more than to his place and cook up a massive “family dinner” for all seven of his bandmates (and their substantial other people) to share with each other soon after rehearsal. And I was entirely searching forward to the dinner! But I was a small apprehensive about the notion of cooking for a dozen+ folks in his kitchen. Due to the fact the method of in fact cooking in there can sometimes be…well, how may we say…its very own sort of improvisation.
Fundamentally, it’s a total bachelor’s kitchen. He and his roommate shop exclusively (I’m not kidding) at their neighborhood Costco. So the fridge is stocked with a half dozen cartons of almond milk, dozens of eggs, huge blocks of cheese, tubs of mixed greens, beer (of program)…and that’s about it. Their pantry has a collection of random spices, Barc’s beloved oatmeal squares in bulk, some Costco-sized jars of coconut oil and olive oil and balsamic…and that’s about it. Then they have a set of cookware, two little mixing bowls, and a handful of kitchen tools…but that’s about it. Oh, and the microwave is in the basement, and the oven doesn’t operate. (
So now the following time that we decide to make this apple spinach salad — a single of my all-time favored recipes that I make once more and once again this time of year — we can thinly slice these apples and onions (as Barc likes to say) “with peace in our hearts”. And a sharp knife in my band-aid-free of charge hand. )
Which is wonderful, since I’m presently hunting forward to this salad occurring once again.
It’s practically nothing notably original. But it’s a salad I’ve been making considering that I first learned to cook, and as such, it has turn into total comfort meals for me each year when the summer veggies begin to fade away and crisp apples come back in season.
The core substances are often the identical — tons of fresh little one spinach, lots of thinly-sliced crisp apples, soft cheese, nuts and a great tangy vinaigrette. But really, just about all of people substances can be improvised with whatever you have on hand. No little one spinach? Truly feel totally free to sub in any kale or other greens you have in the fridge. Don’t like goat cheese? Any soft cheese like feta, blue, or even brie would work. Don’t have any champagne vinegar on hand for the champagne vinaigrette? Truly feel cost-free to sub in apple cider vinegar or even a balsamic. And if you’d like to add some protein, baked chicken tastes tasty with this salad. Ha, essentially, you can make this a single just about nonetheless you’d like. )
But for kicks, here’s my favored way of creating this salad. Basically include all of your prepped ingredients collectively in a big bowl. Drizzle them with the vinaigrette…
Then give it a good toss…
…and inside about, oh, 15 minutes or so, this vibrant and fresh and great salad will be yours to appreciate. Or, share with your boyfriend and a dozen or so other close friends. )
Once again, go with whatever elements perform for you. And if you’re prepping items in advance, be positive to toss your apple slices in some lemon juice so that they don’t brown prior to your meal. And then otherwise — dive in and Get pleasure from!
Hope that you really like this salad as considerably as I do, and I hope that your autumn is off to a tasty start. 🙂