Stetson Chopped Salad

Stetson Chopped Salad

I was reminded of a chopped salad I had at Citizen Public House in Scottsdale when I was at a party and was served a similar salad.  The following day I found the recipe online.  I had to make it.  You should too.  It’s easy and so delicous.  The salad actually has it’s own facebook page, you can visit here.   Next time I make it I’m going to try a differnt combination of ingredients.  I’m thinking pear, blue cheese, candied pecans or bacon, blue cheese, avocado.  The comibnations are endless.

 

I don’t like salmon and I couldn’t find dried currants or dried corn, so I nixed the salmon and used dried cranberries and  frozen corn.  You could also add chicken to make it a more substantial salad.  I also like to throw in a hand full of chopped romaine lettuce to make it more like a salad.

You can view the original recipe here.

 

Stetson Chopped Salad

Serving Size: 2

Stetson Chopped Salad

Ingredients

    Salad Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Israeli (pearl) couscous, cooked
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed out
  • 1/2 cup arugula, chopped
  • 1/2 oz asiago cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup toasted pepitas
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • Dressing Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Blend all dressing ingredients in blender. Refrigerate dressing overnight. Dressing will thicken.
  • Line all salad ingredients up in rows.
  • When ready to serve, mix with dressing. Do not use all the dressing. The extra dressing will stay good for up to a week.
http://gardengirlcooks.com/2014/07/stetson-chopped-salad/

 

 

 

 

Fried Green Tomato Stack

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I recently visited one of my favorite Phoenix area food trucks, Short Leash Hot Dogs, at their brick and mortar location, Sit…Stay.  If you are ever in the Phoenix area you must check them out.  They have a variety of locally made weiners and toppings that they serve on the softest naan bread you will ever eat.  Their most interesting concoction, Bear, has peanut butter, Cracker Jacks, smoked Gouda, bacon and BBQ Sauce.  It is a must try!  I was excited to see that their restaurant had quite a few extra menu items including this Fried Green Tomato Stack.  I love fried green tomatoes and I don’t see them on many menus so I had to try it.  It was amazing…  so much so that I decided to visit my local farmer’s market the following day in search of green tomatoes.  I was so excited to find some, along with some fresh Arizona corn.

I sliced the tomatoes about a quarter of an inch thick and dredged them in flour, egg and then panko flakes.  I fried them in a little vegetable oil in my cast iron skillet.  I love finding ways to use my cast iron skillet.  If you don’t have one, buy one.  They are relatively inexpensive and perfect for a variety of recipes.  After they were golden brown I drained them on a cooling rack.  I assembled 3 high and layered sliced avocado in between each tomato.  I topped with bacon, fresh corn kernels that I sauteed in a little bit of the leftover bacon grease, and a few arugula leaves.  I then drizzled blue cheese dressing over top.  I ate this for lunch…and dinner 🙂

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Fried Green Tomato and Avocado Stack

Serving Size: 4

Fried Green Tomato and Avocado Stack

Ingredients

  • 3 green tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup of panko flakes or bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 ears of corn, cut off the cob, sauteed for a few minutes
  • 1 avocado
  • 6 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled (omit for vegetarian option)
  • blue cheese dressing
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  • Slice tomatoes about 1/4 inch thick, dredge in flour, egg, then panko flakes or bread crumbs.
  • Fry over medium heat on each side until golden brown. Drain on cooling rack or paper towel. Sprinkle with salt to taste.
  • Layer avocado slices between each tomato and top with corn, bacon and arugula.
  • Serve with your favorite blue cheese dressing.
http://gardengirlcooks.com/2014/06/fried-green-tomato-stack/