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Do Firemen Eat Salad?

Posted Jul 13 2012 10:00am

Do Firemen Eat Salad?

To answer the title question, yes, yes they do! According to my husband, they spend quite a bit of money on salad dressings…mostly ranch, but that’ll come in a later post… ;-)

Happy Firefighter Friday everyone!

Fun fact about firemen courtesy of Planet Fassa

Dalmatians are known as firehouse dogs because, in the past, firefighters would drive horse-drawn fire engines, and the Dalmatians would help the firefighters get to the fire faster by nipping at the heels of the horses as they ran.

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I think Gus wishes he could do the job…

And now for the recipe!

I’ve created a basic balsamic dressing that has the perfect amount of sweetness and tang. In combination with the herbs, this vinaigrette is the perfect accompaniment to any type of salad, be it leafy greens or iceberg lettuce. It can also double as a marinade for tenderizing chicken or steak!

BALSAMIC VINAIGRETTE/MARINADE

1 small shallot

1/2 c. extra virgin olive oil

1/4 c. balsamic vinegar

1/2 t. dried oregano

1/2 t. dried basil

1/2 t. dried thyme

1/4 t. salt

1/8-1/4 t. pepper

1 t. dijon mustard

1 t. maple syrup

Whisk all the ingredients until smooth and blended.

If using this as a marinade, here are some useful tips:

  • Allow about ½ cup of marinade for each pound of food.
  • Average marinating time for meat can range from three hours to overnight. Cubed meats for kabobs usually require 2-3 hours. Always marinate your meats in the refrigerator.
  • Remember that marinades flavor or tenderize only the outside ¼ inch of each piece.
  • Marinating 12 hours or more reduces cooking time by one-third.
  • Zip seal bags are great containers for marinating. No clean up is necessary.

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Balsamic vinegar has a natural sweetness by itself, so if you prefer your dressing with a bit more bite, just eliminate the maple syrup.

In testing this, I paired it simply with spinach leaves and homemade croutons, and it was so fresh and tasty!

Its been forever since I bought a dressing  from the store! It’s so quick and easy, not to mention economical, to make your own! Fireboys, you could double or triple this recipe and keep it in the fridge for months!

Healthy, wealthy, and wise you will be…

If you make this…try and see!

Hehe…a poet, I am not.

What are some of your favorite things to add to a salad?

I actually have a formula for making salads: Leafy greens, dried fruit (usually cranberries or currants), seed or nut (usually walnuts or sunflower seeds), crumbled cheese, such as blue or feta, grated carrots, red onion, cucumber, artichokes, tomatoes, and occasionally chicken.

This week, my spelt berry crepe-cakes are up for best recipe here: http://www.chefpickykid.com/ . Come check it out! If you want to join, check out this site for the deets: http://www.foodiefriendsfriday.com/ .

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