Monday, June 20, 2011

Salad Party Boats

I can't find my own post about the original idea for this, but I saw in a magazine the idea for portable Caesar salads:  romaine lettuce leaf "boats" with fillings like croutons and other things you'd see in a Caesar salad.  Last night we had some friends over to watch the sunset (well, just to visit, since it was cloudy, but the deck was nice anyway), and I put out some quick foods to feed the six of us.  I created my own version.


Romaine lettuce leaves of various sizes, left whole
Diced cucumber
Diced radishes
Snipped green onions
Chopped tomato
Dressing of your choice (I used a variation on my usual Lemon-Tahini Dressing, to which I added some grated ginger)
Optional: croutons of whatever sort you like

Put these ingredients and whatever else strikes your fancy in attractive serving dishes, and each diner will assemble his own. Into the depression of a single romaine leaf, spread some hummus to anchor the addition of the pieces of the other ingredients, then drizzle a little dressing over the top.  It should then be eaten by hand in a kind of open-faced burrito sort of way.

Verdict:  Very Good.  I really enjoyed mine, and I could see this being a standard "funky salad" offering when we have people over. Of course the nutritional profile will change according to the ingredients used, but it makes for a great option for nutritarian and other guests at a party.  Nutritarians might prefer to be issued a mixing bowl into which to break up their romaine leaves, or they could just be polite and eat like other folks for this one meal. ;-)

1 comment:

  1. I just found your blog from your post on the E2L list--it is great! Keep up all the wonderful posts :-)



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