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Suppertime Chop and Drop Salad


I have made mention of my four precious little cuties but I have yet to boast that I am also a proud auntie to several nieces and a couple nephews {a.k.a. the cousins}. A colorful crew they are, j’adore the opportunity to observe their quirky mannerisms because the cousins are {definitively} exceptional yet unique.

Occasionally they will stay overnight as guests in our home and it is then, while the parents are away, that we begin to appreciate the cousins on a whole new {liberated} level. I am particularly fond of those mealtime moments when I present them with a dish that they are not accustomed to eating. Their candid responses still entertain me to this day.  Take for example this random {yet honest} question from my niece:

Aunt Katie, do you make salad every night for dinner?

to which I replied:

no, but we have it frequently. I’m a veggie lover.

My spoken words rendered nothing but silence followed by a contemplative stare. It was then that I decided to bid adieu to the notion that I could impress all children with my brilliant saladry skills {tant pis}.


suppertime Chop and Drop Salad

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The basic chop and drop salad with vinaigrette dressing makes an appearance at my dinner table several times a week. Repetition streamlines the preparation process leading to a quick, healthy and colorful side dish. This particular saladry technique is as simple as chopping ingredients, dropping them in a large bowl and then tossing to coat with dressing. My {noble} advice:

use the same large salad bowl every time

After a few attempts it will be easy to acquire a reliable, visual knowledge of ingredient amounts.

step one: prepare vinaigrette dressing in the bottom of the bowl

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Mix mustard, seasoning, sour and sweet. Add oil, then whisk. The vinaigrette is complete. You are welcome to use my house vinaigrette dressing for inspiration. Ingredients include:

  • Dijon mustard | 1 teaspoon
  • dried Italian seasoning | 1 teaspoon
  • kosher salt | ½ teaspoon
  • cracked black pepper | ¼ teaspoon
  • red wine vinegar | 3 {ish} tablespoons, enough to cover the bottom of the bowl
  • apple butter | 1 teaspoon
  • olive oil | 1 tablespoon
step two: chop and drop the body ingredients

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Chop a mixture of greens and drop them in the bowl on top of the prepared dressing.

step three: chop and drop the garnish ingredients

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Select two {or more} garnish items, chop and drop them in the bowl on top of the greens.

step four: toss salad components

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Toss, dressing, body and garnish to coat. Serve immediately.

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