Julie’s Spicy Salad

OK, I admit it, what you see pictured and what you are about to read are totally different.  I didn’t have the correct salad ingredients, but I did have the correct salad dressing ingredients.  The salad on the left is everything you see below plus the rest of my deviled eggs and Parmesan; the salad on the right is the rest of the rotisseried chicken and Parmesan.

I love this dressing.  I had a major good friend when I went back to college and I got it from her.  The flavor is amazing.  You can put it on any salad combination and you will be happy.  I’m not a huge strawberry fan, but on a salad I’m a fan…unless there are blackberries, then I pick blackberries.

I rarely buy salad dressing.  Why?  Why would I?  A nice dressing is super easy to whip up.  So, here is the original salad recipe, but the only important part is the dressing.  You can put it on any salad you choose to make.  I love fruit in salad, especially berries.  They add an acidity while still adding a sweetness.  I’m not a major fresh spinach fan.  It is not my friend anymore for reasons you do not want to know.  I do love romaine lettuce though and use it for everything.

G is not a huge vinegar fan, but there is something about the sweet and sour aspects of this dressing that even won him over.  He used the words fresh and inviting, not your typical G words.  I mix up a batch and keep it in the refrigerator until it’s gone.  Nummy.

1 pound spinach

1 pound bean sprouts

1 5 ounce can sliced water chestnuts

6 slices of fried bacon, crumbled

Toss

Dressing:

1 cup neutral oil, like canola or grape seed

1/4 cup vinegar

1/3 cup ketchup

1/3 cup sugar

1 medium onion, shopped

salt

Mix and pour over salad

 

* From the Recipe Box:

Don’t be limited by a recipe.  This salad tastes good because of the dressing.  It will make everything better.

I also love the delicate color the dressing imparts.  And, you know, it’s all because of the ketchup.  You go ketchup!  Don’t let anyone knock you down for using every day ingredients.  They work; don’t apologize.

and remember:  Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.  Big kiss, Lynn

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