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Friday, June 15, 2012

Romaine with Apples, Walnuts and Craisins

I went to the doctor's earlier this week for some tests, and was put in one of those God-forsaken hospital gowns.  They're always made of cotton in the tv shows, which is totally misleading for those of us who haven't been to the doctor's office in ions.  Maybe my hospital is just cheap, but the gowns were made of this gauzy paper that ripped if you made the slightest movement.  I tried to tie mine closed at the front (as to not flash my doctor repeatedly) and then ended up ripping the gown right in the chest area.  I pulled the other side of the gown over to avoid any nip slips, which of course left me in danger of ripping the other side.

I've never been a large protestor.  I don't sign petitions or campaign on street corners beside the Greenpeace people that no one wants to talk to.  I think it's mostly because I haven't found my cause.  Until this week.  Cotton hospital gowns.  I'm for 'em.

Alright, now that I probably sent some of you running with my TMI ramblings, I'll get to the food-blog-part of this post.  I was in charge of dinner earlier this week and I knew that I wanted a salad alongside the meal.  Growing up, we were not a salad-eating-family.  We would have one about once in a blue moon, but it was not something common.  And when we did have it, you can bet it was iceberg lettuce with cheddar cheese shreds and Western dressing.

If you don't know what Western dressing is, then you clearly are missing out on one of the most delicious and nutritionally devoid dressings known to mankind.  It's similar to French dressing but with more sweetness.  It forever will be associated with summer, grilling and water balloon fights for me.

Since getting my own apartment, I have become a regular salad eater.  I make up my own dressings and   throw basically anything in my fridge into the mix.  Definitely not the salads of my childhood.  This one that I made for my family used up some apples and romaine we had chilling in the fridge.  We served it on the side, but it could be eaten on its own for a meal, too.  Just add a piece of bread and fruit, and you've got yourself a meal!

Romaine with Apples, Walnuts and Craisins


For Salad:

1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped
1 apple, cored and chopped
1/3 cup craisins
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/3 cup goat cheese

For Dressing:

Dijon mustard
Balsamic Vinegar
Olive Oil


For the dressing, mix together the mustard and balsamic vinegar.  While whisking with either a fork or small whisk, pour in the olive oil.  Mix until emulsified.  

For salad, mix together all of the ingredients.  Pour in the dressing and toss to coat.


  1. this salad and dressing looks fabulous! I'm planning to have something very similar tonight!

    1. Thanks!! I was surprised by just how good it came out :D

  2. I sometimes dread those gowns more than anything else at the doctor's office. Seriously. I'm with you on the cotton. And this salad! Such a simple summer meal :)

  3. I hate those gowns...they are the worst!

    Loving this salad...and I laughed about your Western dressing comments. This was a staple in my house growing up...it was offered every. single. time. we had salad at a meal!

    1. Haha, too funny!! I'm glad I wasn't the only one who grew up with it!

  4. I feel your pain on the hospital gowns...worst part of any hospital stay! But then again, after you have a baby the hospital gown seems secondary... :)

    Hope all is well and the tests came back the way they should.

    1. Ha, yes, I feel like the hospital gowns were worst than the tests. And it was just a routine visit, so everything should come back nice and normal!