A Holiday-Worthy and Company-Worthy Salad
I like using the term “company-worthy” when describing a dish I think is special enough to serve to company. Today, I’ll go one step further and also add “holiday-worthy” to this wonderful Cashew Blueberry Salad. I’ve used the term “company-worthy” in the past to describe my recipes for Chicken Paprika (Click Here for that post), Creamy Baked Chicken Breasts (Click here for that post) and Cinnamon Pumpkin Flan (Click Here for that post) because I believe these dishes are exceptional. I use the term “holiday-worthy” to describe a dish that is special enough to serve to company and to serve for the holidays!
Cashew Blueberry Salad
Cashew Blueberry Salad is a wonderful mix of colors, textures and flavors dressed with a homemade salad dressing. I love homemade salad dressings because they are so fresh, especially compared to commercial bottled dressings. Additional flavors are in the dressing such as chopped onion, ground mustard, poppy seeds, white wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. I have a funny story (on me!) about homemade salad dressing made in a Mason jar which I’ll share a little later in this post.
First, the salad dressing is prepared by adding all the dressing ingredients to a Mason jar or other container with a lid, covered and shaken until mixed well. My current favorite oils to use in salad dressing are grapeseed or olive oils. Next, place the salad ingredients (romaine lettuce, blueberries, cashews, and shredded Swiss cheese) in a large bowl.
Pour the salad dressing over the salad and toss until all the salad ingredients are evenly coated with the salad dressing. Serve and enjoy!
Cashew Blueberry Salad goes well with many types of food. I’ve served it with chicken dishes and Italian pasta dishes and it just seems to enhance any food with which it is served. For people with oral and dental problems, leave out the nuts.
The Joke Was on Me!
When I was in college my undergraduate major was Home Economics Education. The head of the Home Economics Department was a woman named Miss Allgood. She was the author of Demonstration Techniques, the textbook for a class by the same name that each Home Economics major had to enroll in and pass before one could graduate. (By the way, we were all intimidated by Miss Allgood.) In the class, Miss Allgood performed a 30-minute food demonstration that was flawless. We were all aghast at the thought that we had to each perform three 30-minute demonstrations during the months that we were in her class. For one of my demonstrations, I was making 3 different salads, one of which included a homemade salad dressing. I was using a glass jar to mix the salad dressing. My demonstration was progressing well until it came time to make the salad dressing. I did not get the lid screwed on tightly on the jar and I started shaking the salad dressing, which started spraying all over me and the demonstration table, which had a mirror over the top so those in the audience could see what your hands were doing! I recovered the best I could by saying “this is the way not to do this – always make sure you have the lid tightly screwed on the jar.” I managed to pass the course somehow!
We usually taste-tested the products made by our classmates in this course after their presentations were completed. Miss Allgood could’t figure out why none of us wanted to taste a cheesecake one morning but what she didn’t know was that we had been forewarned by the presenter that her cat had put it’s paw prints on the cheesecake, which she had smoothed over to show as the finished product! What a course that was!
By the time I graduated I had learned that Miss Allgood (who had never married) had a good sense of humor as she told us that she looked under her bed every night hoping that a man would be there!
Well, enough reminiscing! If you want a truly classy salad to accompany your holiday meals I don’t think you can go wrong with Cashew Blueberry Salad. Try it soon!
Remember to Savor the Flavor!
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