The Big Salad

The Ample Bites clan enjoys using leftover meat or fish to supplement dress a mid-week Big Salad. The Big Salad is a green salad which is a meal when served with a few slices of bread and some fresh fruit.

Our Big Salad for today included leftover grilled shrimp, broiled salmon and flank steak. Each member of the Ample Bites family is free to add these proteins to a base salad of mixed greens and other fresh vegetables, cheese, and the salad dressing of choice, usually a homemade vinaigrette.

The Big Salad

Serves 4

1/4 to 1/2 pound grilled shrimp and/or
1/4 to 1/2 pound broiled or grilled salmon and/or
1/4 to 1/2 pound grilled flank steak
4 hardboiled eggs, peeled and sliced
1/2 head of Romaine lettuce
1/2 cup red pepper, chopped
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup shredded cheese (Cheddar, Blue Cheese, Feta, or Asiago preferred)
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Salad dressing of choice (homemade vinaigrette preferred)

Rinse and spin the lettuce dry. Chop lettuce coarsely and add to large salad serving bowl. Add red pepper, tomatoes and red onion. Toss ingredients until thoroughly mixed.

Divide the salad mix onto four plates. Add one sliced hardboiled egg. Top with your choice of meat or seafood. Add cheese, salad dressing, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with fresh bread and a good extra-virgin olive oil for dipping.

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Field Trip to The Olive Mill in Geneva, IL

Yesterday I visited a favorite local food store called The Olive Mill. It is located less than two miles from home, just off of 3rd Street in downtown Geneva, Illinois, so my field trip was quite short. If you don’t live as close as I do you can order at their website The Olive Mill.

The Olive Mill stocks a large and diverse selection of olive oils and vinegars. Sandy and I have been buying better oils and vinegars from this store since shortly after they opened a few years ago. The store sells these cooking liquids in their own labeled bottles which can be cleaned and reused when you return to purchase more product. A frequent buyer program offers a free bottle of oil or vinegar after purchasing ten bottles. All of their oils and vinegars can be tasted before purchasing and the store offers numerous recipes using The Olive Mill products. Many of these recipes have been provide by customers of the store.

During my visit I bought a bottle of their Persian Lime olive oil and a bottle of Blackberry Ginger Balsamic vinegar.

A simple recipe using the Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Vinegar uses it in a vinaigrette.

Spring Mix Salad with Blackberry Ginger Vinaigrette

8 cups of mixed lettuces (romaine, endive, frisee, spinach, etc.) rinsed and spun dry
1/2 lb feta cheese crumbled
1/3 cup walnuts (optional)
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 mandarin orange or tangerine peeled and separated into sections
3 Tbsp OLIVE MILL Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Vinegar
1 tsp dried mustard
1/4 cup OLIVE MILL extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Prepare greens, cheese, nuts, onion and fruit by arranging on a serving plate or bowl. Thoroughly whisk vinegar, pepper and mustard together in a small bowl. Add the oil while whisking. Pour the dressing over the salad or serve on the side.

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