‘Tis the Gift to be Simple

Last night’s dinner was the best dinner of the year!  I know we’re only a few days in, but it really was.  And it was proof that you don’t need a lot of fancy ingredients for a meal to turn out well!

Jeff made a wedge salad that was simple, but delicious.  He served me a cold, green wedge of iceberg lettuce with homemade thousand island dressing, halved grape tomatoes and thinly sliced cold roasted chicken.  It was a thing of beauty and completely uncomplicated.

If you’ve been reading mmm mmm mmm for a while, you know I don’t shy away from complicated recipes and layered flavors; but sometimes, sometimes what you need is a quick trip back in time.  This took me back to a time before the popularity of mesclun,  arugula, spring mix (all things I love) – to a time when iceberg was king!  I know, I know – there’s little or no nutritional value in iceberg lettuce especially when compared with darker greens, but when served cold you just can’t match that crisp first bite!

I  enjoy a good salad – a sophisticated Caesar salad; a Waldorf salad – a.k.a. the “society supper;” a lovely composed salad; a salad Nicoise – and now I must add to the list, the 1950’s salad that’s making a comeback – The Wedge.

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