Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Summer Red White & GREEN Salad!

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4th of July is approaching.

BBQ any meat.

But make this salad.  

It's almost patriotic.



Every year for the 4th of July we grill.  It's what everyone does, I know.  So add this to your meat...

Red, White & Green Salad
The Red, White and Green Salad is one of my favs… it's different and catches the attention of everyone who eats it.  Because they've never had anything like it before.

First of all, you use a bunch of colorful tomatoes and basil... second there's so much going on, flavors darting all over your mouth - it's kind of like fireworks on - well - you know - The 4th of July...

Here's what you need:
1 lb of Asparagus
6 cups of cut cherry tomatoes (all colors would be nice, prettier)
1/2 cup crumbled gorgonzola
1 ripe, chopped Avocado
1 cup chopped basil leaves
1/4 EVOO
2 tsp lemon juice
2 tsp dijon mustard
 salt and pepper to taste

Here's What you do:
Cut asparagus and boil in a pot of salted water… only about 2 minutes.  It will be a pretty bright green.  Drain and rinse.  Take a large bowl and put all the cut tomatoes in it.


When your cut the tomatoes, make sure you leave most of the disgusting seeds on the cutting board.  Keeping them in is a great way to ruin the salad!

Next add the avocado, asparagus (when it cools), gorgonzola and basil.  In a small bowl, whisk the EVOO, lemon juice, dijon and salt and pepper together.  Then pour the dressing over the vegetable mixture and gently stir all together.  Note, most likely when you do this the avocado won't stay in cubes (if it's ripe enough) but basically kind of coat the whole salad which adds to the creaminess of it.  Use more salt and pepper to taste if needed. Store in fridge but take out at least 10 minutes before serving to get it to room temperature for serving.  Throw on a few more gorgozola crumbles too.  Mmmmmmm. Serves 6.


Pretty, festive and totally yum.  Easy to take with you if you're headed to a BBQ instead of hosting one.  Everyone will love it.  Look at those colors!  Friends may even salute YOU right along with the good ol' US of A.