Monday, August 1, 2011

Components - not just for stereo anymore

Hooking up modern electronics isn't pretty.  Nope.  Right up there with sausage making, high school science class dissections and cleaning behind the dryer.  Nope.  Not pretty at all.  But it has to be done.

In our house I am fortunate....both of us are equally willing to go through the torture of re-routing wires, programming the t.v. and figuring out the remote control. But I know of some households where there is only one Techie for the entire domicile. You can tell which one from a mile away.  They are the ones who look frazzled a lot of the time from  doing battle with the alleged plug-and-play equipment.

You might wonder where I'm going with all this.  Well, that's easy.
We're going to talk about something I call a "component" salad.  That is, a salad with many parts and features.
I know....I can hear it now.  "Okay, so you wanna make a salad.  Don't all of them have 'many parts'?"
Component salad components

Well....yes....and no.

To me, a "component salad" contains three main elements.  The cool, crunchy leaves on the bottom, a warm, veggie and protein bit in the middle and a topper of tomatoes, other cool veggies, croutons and dressing.

 It's a great way to use up leftovers like chicken and mushrooms, which is what I did this time out.  I heated them, with a little extra garlic and some carrot shavings for good measure, while cutting up the other ingredients-Romain lettuce, green onion, tomatoes and so on.
Component salad assembled
Go crazy.  It's a salad fer cryin' out loud!   Chill these things in the fridge for a few minutes.  We want the contrast to stand out.

Assembly is easy too.  Start with the chilled lettuce, then the warm things then finally the toppers.  You can make what ever dressing you want, served in a cruet on the side or drizzled over the toppers.

This salad is one of those you either love or hate....there doesn't seem to be a middle ground.  Some people like the idea of contrast, others don't.   But you won't know until you try. So give it a shot and let me know what you think.

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