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I am a wife, mother and grandma who enjoys the many aspects of homemaking. A variety of interests and hobbies combined with travel keep me active. They reflect the importance of family, friends, home and good food.
Cook ingredients that you are used to cooking by other techniques, such as fish, chicken, or hamburgers. In other words be comfortable with the ingredients you are using.
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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Baby Spinach Salad

We eat some type of salad once or twice most days so I am always looking for new salad ideas.  Last weekend we had the wonderful opportunity to enjoy a barbeque at our friend's farm.  This is one of the friends we get our beef on the hoof from so have visited numerous times.  I love their farm.  It is a gorgeous 25 acre spread.  They just put in an absolutely amazing and very natural looking babbling brook that can be enjoyed from the spacious deck or in the cute sitting area beside the brook.  They are both quite accomplished cooks.

baby spinach salad
Salads do not need to be fancy or complicated.  That is one of the beauties of salads.  At the same time salads do not need to be the same old, boring garden or Caesar salad.  Don't get me wrong as both salads are quite good but they are over served, being the salads of choice at most restaurants.

Our hosts served a very simple baby spinach salad with pear slices and a delightful maple syrup dressing.  It was a refreshing change!  The flavours paired nicely together.  This is a combination I will be experimenting with.  I have a couple of ideas to enhance the salad just a little without complicating it too much.

4 food lovers commented:

Jasmin said...

Looks so delicious. Let me try this dish one of these days.

Jana said...

You are right about Caesar salad being over-served. I was JUST thinking this weekend about how I need to find some other "old favorites". I like the idea of SIMPLIFYING salads. The one you mention in this post sounds delicious! I will be experimenting with it myself!

JOYIEandJP said...

I like your blog. I really do. I wish to try one of your dish sometime.

Self Sagacity said...

I agree about salads should be as they are. The only problem with them is they go bad so fast. Do you know any tricks to keep them fresh longer?