Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Storms, Salad and Friends

Photo via wfaa

Much of yesterday was spent with an eye on the sky, and an ear tuned to weather forecasts.
Seems like we are doing a lot of that these days.

Finally, the sun began to peek through and the clouds cleared.

I quickly threw together a salad, and scurried off to enjoy a monthly gathering with friends.

 I started with a package of spring mix salad greens, to which I added a package of baby spinach leaves.  Tossed in a handful of dried cranberries, and a can of drained mandarin oranges.
Next, was some yummy crumbled feta cheese.
I was planning on toasting some pecans or almonds, for a little crunch.  With time short, I was not sure the nuts would cool sufficiently before being added to the greens.

Instead, I happened to have a package of these.
A few sprinkled on top was perfect!

I made a salad dressing from this Junior League of Birmingham cookbook.

Guess it was a good thing to snap that photograph before serving.
I returned with an empty bowl!

Red Wine Vinaigrette
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Combine ingredients in a jar with tight-fitting lid and shake to blend.  Chill in freezer for 10 minutes or in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Add dressing to salad, mix well.
Serve immediately.
~Contributed by Lori Johnson Goodson~

This does make a sweet dressing, and I might reduce the amount of sugar next time -- or maybe not!
I just wish I had some of the salad for lunch today.

There could be more storms this afternoon, so guess I better go check that sky!
Hope everyone else is staying safe and dry.
It has been a rather wicked Spring thus far.



Kellie said...

Sky looks scary, but the salad looks yummy!

Laurie said...

We are watching the weather in MI also.

Marmycakes said...

That salad looks delicious! I'll have to look for those walnuts. Stay safe!
Laurie George

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