winning (romaine) hearts and minds.

winning (romaine) hearts and minds salad.

the delightful molly, of orangette, has a cake called ‘the winning hearts and minds cake’. truth be told, i haven’t tried it (though, now i would like to), but the story surrounding it is so sweet that the name has stuck in my head.

this isn’t about cake. it’s about green peppers and winning me over on them.

as some of you may recall, i didn’t like mushrooms particularly. i now buy them in greater quantities than my husband might have ever expected. the gateway drug? marysol’s life changing salad. i can still remember that first perfect taste of mushroom and balsamic, with a bit of acidity and a bit of salt.

this is that, except for with respect to green peppers. they are my most despised vegetable. i don’t understand their merits. or, didn’t. this weekend, i sauteed them with a bit of olive oil, until they were nicely browned. i tossed them in a bit of salt and then into the salad dressing. a world of difference was made.

winning romaine hearts and minds dressing

2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
a large dollop of sour cream (at least 5% M.F. please, nothing too watery)
3 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 french shallot, finely sliced
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced and sauteed in 1 tbsp olive oil until brown.

mix dressing in a salad bowl
toss in a few handfuls of romaine; add other vegetables as you see fit (we used 1/2 cup grape tomatoes and 1/2 cucumber, sliced)

the only thing that could have (and did) make this better was the take-home lasagne from edgar. there is nothing better than not having to make dinner. aside from having marysol make it for you.


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