Cooking From Memory ~ A Recipe Journal


Chopped Salad with Wildfire Citrus Lime Vinaigrette

Posted in Dressings & Dips,Salads by Paul Gauche on August 27, 2010

 

I’ll bet most of us have been to a dinner party where we enjoyed what we thought was the best salad we’ve ever had. It’s that moment when all of the right things happen all at the same time. Tastes and textures combine with aromas and presentation, good wine, good friends, no time schedule to speak of and all of the culinary stars align. At that point you may have even asked that age-old foodie question:

How’d you make this?” which really isn’t the right question since it’s less about “making” than it is about “preparing” when it comes to salads. Either way, the question is usually followed by the equally age-old response that begins with something like: “Well, I tore up some lettuce…” and in the case of this particular recipe followed quickly by “and then I sliced some tomatoes and onions, tossed in an avocado slices and some bleu cheese crumbles, then added some fresh, crumbled bacon pieces, some whole-kernel corn and topped it off with some grilled chicken and some tortilla chips.

But even still, I’d had all of these same ingredients mixed together in a bowl before but nothing came close to the fresh, zesty, sweet/savory taste of this salad. Something was missing from the list I was looking for when I asked, “How’d you make this?”

So, I was amazed, if not stunned when I learned that the “something” that absolutely “made” this salad was the bottled dressing.

Huh?

Bottled dressing?  Really…bottled dressing?

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and there is a way to improve on perfection—with a bottle of Wildfire Citrus Lime Vinaigrette.

Give this a try soon. This is the best salad I’ve ever had.

Begin with a bed of mixed greens, then chop and add the following ingredients to taste.

  • Roasted Chicken (optional)
  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Blue Cheese
  • Bacon (optional)
  • Scallions
  • Whole Kernel Corn
  • Tortilla Strips

Finish by tossing lightly with Wildfire’s Citrus Lime Vinaigrette and serve immediately. Enjoy!

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