Friday, September 28, 2012

Wonder Salad

My father in law, Jack, at the age of 99, was instructed by his doctors to increase his calcium. His appetite had waned quite a bit by this time, and we had a hard time getting him to eat much. But Jack always loved a good green salad, especially made with spinach. So I came up with a combination of things all high in calcium and came up with the rare salad that I actually try to make the same way every time. If you can not get the dressing mentioned, any creamy, slighty sweet dressing would be great.  We dubbed this "Wonder Salad."



1 large head of romaine, cut into bite size chunks
Half a bag of spinach, baby is best
2 scallions, sliced
1/2 english cucumber, split lenthwise and sliced
1 small carrot, diced
4 slices of havarti cheese, cut into smaller pieces (I stack them up and cut them into 1/2" x 1-1/2 " rectangles and let them kind of stay stacked in little blocks)
1 handful of almonds, roughly chopped

AND the key:  Trader Joes pear champagne gorgonzola dressing (its usually in the refrdgerator section.
Toss and about 5 minutes before serving, dress with some trader joe's champagne pear gorgonzola dressing. it doesn't need to be drenched. you can always add more.  I sometimes add diced dried apricots and dried cranberries would be good as well.   OMG.

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