Kitchen Concoctions: Being Sneaky on April Fool's

Friday, April 1, 2011

Being Sneaky on April Fool's

Since today is April Fool's Day did any of you get tricked? Or were you the trickster?

The salad I am sharing today is perfect for April Fool's Day because there are extra veggies 'hidden' in the salad dressing. So you (and your kids) will not only have a variety of good for you veggies in the salad, you get an extra 'secret' serving. Sneaky huh?

I really liked the addition of the chow mein noodles to this salad. They added crunch but not like a crouton. And it should be noted that because of the veggies purred in the dressing, it is an extremely thick dressing. This salad is perfect for spring!

So what were the pranks you experienced today?

Tossed Salad with Carrot Dressing
Printable Version
Prep Time: 15 minutes Serves 10 (makes 3 cups dressing)

1/2 cup white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
2 celery ribs, cut into chunks
1 small onion, cut into chunks
2 small carrot, cut into chunks
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup olive oil

8 cups spring mix salad greens
2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 medium cucumber, sliced
3 celery ribs, diced
3 large carrots, peeled and diced
1/2 cup chow mein noodles
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

For Dressing:
In a blender, combine the first six ingredients; cover and process until smooth. While processing, gradually add oil in a steady stream. Transfer to a bowl or small pitcher; cover and refrigerate until serving.

For Salad
In a large bowl, combine the salad ingredients. Stir dressing and serve with salad. Refrigerate leftover dressing.

adapted from Taste of Home April/May 2007

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