You can vary this wonderful portable make ahead main dish salad so easily.
I remember when I lived in Orange County, California and I used to go to the Whole Foods Market at Bella Terra.
I would take the salad with me and carry it in an insulated carrier, then I could order my drink and a few other items and sit out on the relaxing, jasmine-covered terrace and people would ask me “where can I get one of those?
To make this salad you’ll need a one quart mason jar.
I made an *Asian sesame dressing that I will include the recipe later in the recipe.
I put 2 tablespoons of the homemade Asian sesame dressing on the bottom of the quart jar.
I’ve then added 1/4 cup of low-fat homemade Harvest granola, or you can add your own. Whole Foods Market makes a really wonderful line of low-fat granolas.
I then added 2 tablespoons dried cranberries, 1/2 cup of orange slices from a Valencia orange, 1/2 cup green apple slices. I then filled the rest of the jar with Romaine heart leaves.
You can leave it vegetarian with no meat or fish or anything, or you can add 3 oz or more of chicken, your favorite cheeses, your favorite nuts, or like I did in one of the pictures, one half can of Wild Planet Wild Pink Salmon. The can is 6 oz.
The Wild Planet salmon is the best canned salmon I’ve ever tasted in my life and it’s farmed in a sustainable way.
Sesame dressing and marinade
- One cup of canola oil or peanut oil
- 3/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup dark sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons dry mustard
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tsp Chinese five spice powder
mix all ingredients with a wire whisk or in a Magic Bullet or Ninja food processor.
You can use this salad dressing, which I love on fish, on chicken, or on a salad like I did here.
The sesame dressing was formerly called “Oriental salad dressing” in Leisure Arts Quick Gifts of Good Taste”
Sunday November 19th 2017.
Recipe, Images and Digital Photo Arts by Paulette Motzko.
Copyright November 2017