I love good salads. Not the crappy iceberg, tasteless, store-bought tomatoes and french dressing versions of yesteryear, but real salads that are a meal in themselves. And it's summer, so the fresh and in-season ingredient possibilities for your salads are nearly endless.
The other day I had some just-picked green beans on hand. So I roasted them along with garlic, onions and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Then I piled a plate high with romaine and cucumbers. Feeling even more adventurous, I took some day-old homemade bread, tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper, and made some fresh baked croutons. Finally, I added freshly grated Parmesan, and drizzled on some homemade dressing. I adored every bite.
Red Wine / Dijon Vinaigrette
3 T. Red Wine Vinegar
2 T. Olive Oil
1 T. Dijon Mustard
Pinch of sugar
Fresh ground pepper (to taste)
Whisk all ingredients together well and toss into your salad. Enjoy!