Monday, June 9, 2014
Mom's Night Off
So one night last week, I had the good fortune (that's questionable) of having the night off. Both kids were away for the night, and my husband was out of town. I say that's questionable because, although many moms will think I'm a nut job for saying this, but I really hate being alone. It's not that I can't entertain myself. I just really enjoy having my family around me and don't really like silence. We are a busy and really REALLY loud family, and a silent house just doesn't feel right to me.
Anywho, I thought I'd make the best of my night off and make something for me. A salad. Oh, but what kind of salad. I foraged around the kitchen and found a few tasty items that would be great in a salad. But what kind of dressing...long pause. Then it hit me. Green Goddess dressing. This was a wildly popular dressing in the '70s (yes, I was a kid in the '70s. I'm not ashamed of my age). So I researched it and added a few things. This was the best darn salad I think I've ever made! The dressing was spectacular! The dressing calls for a whopping teaspoon of a dried herb blend called Parisien. If you can't find that, the herbs in it are tarragon, chervil, dried chives, dill weed, and basil. I would suggest using 1/4 teaspoon or so of each or substitute it with a similar herb blend mix.
So my night off ended pretty well. And I turned the TV up really loud to drown out the silence. So, if you have a Mom's Night Off, try this Green Goddess Chopped Salad. You'll thank yourself later.
GREEN GODDESS CHOPPED SALAD
1/2 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 Roma tomatoes, chopped
1 head leaf lettuce, chopped
1-2 avocados, diced
1 C frozen corn, thawed
1/2 C cotija cheese (or feta if you can't find cotija)
4 boiled eggs, quartered
3 corn tortillas, cut into strips
Seasoned salt (like Lawry's)
FOR THE DRESSING:
1/2 C sour cream
1/2 C green onions, rough chopped
2 cloves garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons anchovy paste (optional)
1/2 C mayonnaise
1/4 C Italian parsley
1 heaping teaspoon Parisien blend herbs (see note above)
This salad actually makes enough for about 4 people, so cut it down if you're feeding less. For the dressing, add all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Chill until ready to use.
For the salad, fry the corn tortilla strips in the peanut oil for a few minutes until browned. Drain on a paper towel and season immediately with garlic powder and seasoned salt. Throw together all of the salad ingredients and dress with the Green Goddess dressing.