1. Why is the menu-writer sometimes better than the chef? Now and then the food sounds better than it tastes.
2. Why don’t they bring the menu back to you when they serve your meal? I’d like to remind myself about what all is in the dish, now sitting in front of me, that made me choose it in the first place? As I eat the food, I often can’t identify the ingredients that made me want to try this entrée above all the others.
3. Who decides if the person making the food is a “chef” or a “cook”? And what’s the difference, really? The prices charged? The ingredients? The recipes? The procedures? The atmosphere of the restaurant?
If, instead of at a restaurant, you’re eating at home this weekend, and you’d like to reassure yourself that warm weather will definitely be coming, here’s a great Welcome-to-Spring recipe. You will be able to taste each of the main ingredients in this main-dish salad. Nothing hides or gets submerged. And the dressing ingredients? Well, you might have to explain what all you put together to get that fruity, tangy flavor. Be prepared to answer to “Chef” after you serve this bright and hopeful dish!
Strawberry Spinach Salad with Turkey or Chicken
Fix-It and Enjoy-It Healthy Cookbook, page 87
Makes 4 main-dish servings
Prep Time: 45-60 minutes
1 lb. fresh asparagus spears
¼ cup poppy seed dressing
1 tsp. grated orange peel
1 Tbsp. orange juice
8 cups torn fresh spinach, or assorted fresh greens
2 cups sliced fresh strawberries, and/or whole blueberries
¾ lb. cooked turkey, or grilled chicken, cubed
¼ cup pecan halves
1. Snap off and discard woody bases from asparagus. Cut into 1” pieces.
2. In a 1-quart microwaveable covered dish, cook asparagus with 2 Tbsp. water for 5-7 minutes, or until tender-crisp.
3. Drain asparagus. Rinse with cold water. Drain again.
4. In a medium bowl, stir together poppy seed dressing, orange peel, and orange juice. Set aside.
5. In a salad bowl, combine asparagus, greens, berries, and turkey or chicken. Just before serving, add dressing mixture and toss.
6. Top with pecans.
Per Serving: Calories 288, Kilojoules 1205, Protein 29 g., Carbohydrates 13 g., Total Fat 13 g., Saturated Fat 2 g., Monosaturated Fat 8 g., Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g., Cholesterol 73 mg., Sodium 200 mg., Fiber 5g.