Recently, I was hungry for a salad, yet again. You know the mood…truly hungry for green things. I wanted something like a Caesar. But, I was not in the mood to play with anchovies or raw eggs. Nor did I really want to resort to a bottle from the dressing aisle. Not that I’m above it, mind you. It is just that I am now aware of how easy and inexpensive it is to make all manner of dressings from pantry staples.
This dressing is not particularly novel. There are about a million versions of it online. But it bears repeating because it is tasty and fresh and takes 10 seconds to make. Change up the “spicy” factor by using more, or less, fresh garlic. In fact, start with half as much as you think you need and work your way up. Raw garlic can be very punchy.
Also, kale is an easy way to upgrade your greens. This salad has the personality of a Caesar. It mainly boasts Romaine lettuce. But I also added two or three big leaves of thinly sliced kale and tossed them with the Romaine. It really adds a nice texture to the salad. A few sliced green onions seal the deal. This is a very easy salad to pull together and I don’t think you will be disappointed. It would be phenomenal with grilled chicken. In fact, we ate this salad as a side dish for grilled chicken and I ended up eating the chicken with a bite of salad every time. So, consider that as well.
|Creamy Parmesan Dressing|| |
- 8 ounces Romaine lettuce, chopped
- 2 to 3 ounces kale, thinly sliced
- 5 green onions, sliced
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
- Pinch of kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon grated fresh garlic
- Mix all of the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Dress the salad.
Why is this huge vertical image here? You might think it is a bit out of place. But I’m playing a Pinterest game. And, I can’t do it unless the post is live. My images are typically all horizontal. Namely, my top images are usually 600 pixels tall and 900 pixels wide. The clusters are 900 pixels wide and vary in height. Well, Pinterest works on a vertical format. If one of you is kind enough to pin one of my posts on Pinterest, the photo ends up tiny. That is because Pinterest caps images at 238 pixels wide and then adjusts is by height proportionally. When my photos are 600×900 that means the image on Pinterest is 238 pixels wide but that adjusts the 600 side to 159 pixels which is itty bitty. However, if I were to craft tall images, the photo would be constrained horizontally, but not vertically, except by the actual proportions of the image. I hope I have explained this in a way that makes sense. So my experiment is to see if, by posting a really long image, I can get a really long pin on Pinterest, instead of a stubby one. I like my photos too much for them to be stubby. Of course this means that I now end up having to crop photos differently for 4 different platforms…I crop for the post for Pinterest, for Tastespotting (Foodgawker, Tasteologie, and Photograzing) and for Mail Chimp (which I use to send my email subscriptions). That is a lot of cropping and sizing. But bear with me, and I’ll try to integrate these major vertical photos into my layout in a better way.
Update: Testing my Pinterest theory led to an interesting result. You can pin the tall vertical photo if you use the Pinterest button on your toolbar for your browser (if you have installed it) but not from the Pinterest button under my post…fascinating. I’m going to fix this if it kills me. But it looks so great vertical that I’m just going to do it!
However, this gives me an opportunity to say, join me on Pinterest! Of all these things, I have found Pinterest the most addictive. Well, Instagram and Pinterest. But essentially, it isn’t social so it is not at all intimidating. You can follow people or not. But it is a really fun way to collect your favorite content off the internet. My current pinning project is Vintage Dressing from ETSY, and I’m telling you I am creating one of the most comprehensive “PIE oh My!” boards around. People are making some lovely pies out there and I’m collecting them in one spot. I am HERE under Kelly Yandell. Come play. I’ll follow you back and we will have a grand time wasting hour upon hour when we could be cleaning or folding something. Also, please take a moment to sign up for my emails. They only arrive about once a week, so I promise I will not cause your inbox to overflow with junk.