Salad Week: Party Salad

Kittens, for all that I detail our dinners, I rarely delve into the realm of Green Things That Marcus And I Eat.

Surprisingly enough, we do in fact eat the leafy things.

In honor of Salad Week, I wanted to share a salad with y’all that has no “real” title, but I’ve always known as That One Salad That Mom Only Makes When Company Comes Over For Dinner And Everyone Loves It.

That’s not the most concise (or memorable) name in the world, so recently, I’ve taken to calling it Party Salad.

How imaginative, I know.

The good news is that it’s a forgiving recipe, it comes together quickly.  When I say “quickly” I mean in all seriousness that I hacked together the salad and photos for this post yesterday after a nine mile run (while I was still in my gear) and proceeded to scarf the entire thing like I was on a starvation diet.

I never thought I would be able to tell someone with a straight face that I ran 9 miles and then I ate a salad for a snack.  Because honestly, that’s just offensive.  But really, it was That Good.  I would do it again without flinching.

Above all things, it is not boring.

So, let’s do this.

Ingredients and Instructions

Dressing

  • Raspberry Vinegar (I used a white balsamic)
  • Oil (I usually go Olive, but you may be into something else)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Sugar

Using ratio of three parts oil and one part vinegar, combine the quantity of dressing desired.  Depending on your party size, and whether you’re dressing the salad in the bowl or allowing guests to dress the salad themselves you’ll probably want between 1/4 – 1/2 cup of dressing (total liquid measure).  But maybe you want more, maybe you want less.  This is me telling you to do what feels right.

Stir in 1 T sugar (for 1/2 c dressing) and stir to combine.  Salt and pepper to taste.

This is me also telling you that if you are a homemade dressing-actioning novice, making it in a measuring cup is not the worst idea in the world.  It simplifies.

Salad

  • One bag spinach, rinsed
  • One pomegranate, seeded
  • One small can mandarin oranges, drained
  • Honey Roasted Peanuts

I know, I know, all of this is so terrifically precise.  But really, if you’re like me and see salads as a vehicle for toppings (I once ate a salad that was more BBQ Chicken and Bacon than Romaine), then you will want to use the whole can of mandarin oranges and the majority of the pomegranate.  If you think fruit is more of an accoutrement, adjust your ratio accordingly.  Depending on if you’re eating the salad on your own or you’re serving it to a hoard, you may or may not need the entire bag of spinach.  Toss in the honey roasted peanuts or leave them out all together.

It’s your call, it’s your table.

This is not rocket science.

Modifications

Sometimes it’s Salad Week and you’re really excited because you can’t wait to show your readers how simple it is to seed a pomegranate (it’s deceptively easy, so stop paying $4-$5 for that tiny container of arils).

But you can’t find anything other than the expensive containers of pomegranate seeds at the grocery store.  Translation: There are no whole pomegranates to be found.

You might consider tossing another red fruit into the mix.  In this case, I was so taken by a glossy container of strawberries that were on sale.

Considering the alternative was an overpriced container filled with seeds of unknown origin and freshness, this was a no brainer, right?

We slice them into long (not chunky!) slices and make-do.  In fact, you’ll forget that pomegranate was even a thing.

And take it from one who knows, your finished product will still look outright glorious.

Because once you have freed the seeds, sliced the berries or whatever it is that’s going on in your kitchen, you will simply toss All The Things together and call it a day.

Whether you scarf it after a run, or serve it to girlfriends (which is what I will definitely be doing tonight) you will be glad you did it.

Don’t forget to check out the other women of salad week!  On Saturday, Allison will be hosting a link-up so get your photos/recipes/posts ready!

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28 responses to “Salad Week: Party Salad

  1. FACT: I don’t eat salads unless they are laden with fruit, and indeed, last night, mine contained strawberries, Craisins, and dried apricots. Also lots of sunflower seeds. It was divine. I didn’t share.

  2. It looks delicious!

    Great job!

  3. I think I need some of this Mom-Makes-It-Every-Time-And-Everybody-Loves-It Salad. Looks like leafy green crack with pretty colors. Yeah, I called a salad crack.

  4. For some reason this salad makes me think of the scene from the movie Talladega Nights:

    Cal Naughton, Jr.: Oh and one last question.
    Ricky Bobby: Yeah?
    Cal Naughton, Jr.: When you have the stereo on, at the same time as the TV, how do you control the volume on the TV?
    Ricky Bobby: Why would you want to watch TV with the stereo on?
    Cal Naughton, Jr.: Cause I like to party.

    The salad looks delicious, and I love how easy it is to put together. Definitely a party salad! Cheers!

  5. Well, that’s just Spring on a plate! Seriously. Look how gorgeous that is. I think I might substitute toasted sunflower seeds for the honey roasted peanuts because I’m a nut for sunflower seeds on salads. Strawberries are a perfect substitution for the pomegranate, especially since they’re in season here and plentiful. This one’s a keeper, Kat!

  6. I love salads with lots of stuff in them. I particularly like garbanzo beans and green olives (the fancy ones) thrown in the mix, but that’s just me! But my least favorite part of making a salad is washing the lettuce. I don’t know why, but I always find it to be such a pain.

  7. Adding peanuts? Pure genius! I have almost all those ingredients, and I think I will be tossing this salad together ASAP. Great idea!

  8. I too see salads as a vehicle for lots of toppings. I roasted a kombuchu squash last week so that has been in my salads all week. And nuts are always a must.

  9. Fact: Any salad comprised of spinach and a bounty of fruit is worthy of being called a Party Salad. Your honey roasted peanut addition is nothing short of brilliant.

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  11. 9 miles? That’s so impressive it’s almost offensive. No really…I think I cover that in 3 days. Or more. You are a star Kat. And to go after a salad afterwards? You are truly a super star.

    The truth is that I have none of these ingredients and likely will never have them…so I will live vicariously through your salad adventures. 🙂

  12. I’m sorry I missed your last post, I love it!!!!! I was cracking up-you are a funny girl, I tell ya.

    I love that you waited to buy your goods, that’s awesome. Good for you. I’m right there with you. I.just.don’t.want.more.stuff.for.Pete’s.Sake!!!! I love the clothing. As for me I cannot, nor will I ever possess enough dresses in my life or my closet for that matter, and surely agree with your comment on world peace. I love dresses, they are the most comfortable attire to wear, in my opinion.

    I’m going to be stocking up on things that don’t make me look huge since I am going to carry the bulk of my baby through the summer. I honestly don’t love expecting through the summer-poor planning on our part…. 🙂

    Okay so this post. I love salad, we eat it for dinner and I have a more involved salad everyday for lunch. In my salads I always have nuts and at least two veggies. One of my favorites is butternut squash.

    Love your posts, I love following you-happy end of the week!

    Shauna

  13. What a delightful salad. Salads with color are always so much more exciting than salads that are all green. And fruit in salad just makes everything better. I have to say though, I’ve never been a fan of mandarin oranges in my salad.

  14. Ann @ Twelve In Twelve

    Party salad? I LOVE IT.

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  20. The Complete Package bought me a huge bucket of just picked Texas strawberries this afternoon. I immediately pulled out the canning equipment and made strawberry preserves. But before I did, I set back a dozen premium specimens just so I could make your salad. Since I saw that photo this week, I can’t stop thinking about strawberries and other Good Things on salads. You did that.

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