Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Plummy Salad

Champagne grapes, which I bought for the first time at Costco, taste a lot like red grapes. I think they're slightly sweeter, and they're tiny! They're fun to eat--we just sucked them right off the stem! Ha! I don't know about Steve, but I definitely felt like I was "getting away with something!" Ha! My very proper, Southern-upbringing mother might have frowned, or she might have joined me! I never could guess which it would be, making for an interesting childhood! Ha!

And two days later, I found champagne grapes in another store, and they were almost as big as red grapes! So, red grapes halved would be good! Ha!

4 servings

For the salad:
4 ripe red plums, seeded and diced (Black plums will work, but red plums are prettier!)
1 bunch champagne, or red, grapes
5-oz. bag of mixed greens (or a handful, or two, of greens from a 1-lb. container per plate! MMM!)
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
2-3 slices white onion, quartered and rings separated
1/2-1 cup pecans (this depends on how many nuts you like on a salad!)

For the dressing:
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar (try Costco's Balsamic Vinegar of Modena! MMMM!)
2/3 cup canola, or safflower, oil
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
OPT: sweetener (agave nectar, xylitol, sugar, etc.) If you're using a high-quality balsamic, it will already taste sweet, so these won't be needed!)

Wash and dice the plums. Rinse the grapes and drain in a colander or on a towel (or?). If you haven't already done so, halve the red grapes, if you're using them.

To serve:
Put the washed lettuce on 4 plates. Top with the cilantro, plums, and grapes. Sprinkle the onion pieces over this. Sprinkle the nuts over the top. (This is a nice-looking salad: red skin and yellow meat of the plums, red grapes, green cilantro and lettuce, white onion pieces, and brown nuts!) Serve with the balsamic dressing!

If you're using more lettuce, this can be a main dish salad. If you've limited yourself to a 5-oz. bag, then it's a side salad--which would be great with grilled chicken! To add more color, add roasted ears of corn! MMMMMMM to any or all! Ha!

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