The internet is allllllll about Thanksgiving right now and it's kinda freaking me out cuz it's Monday and I don't even want to begin writing out the 10 page TO DO list I have to complete in the next month and a half. You feel me? I wish I had a new pumpkin pie recipe, appetizer idea or a new side dish recipe to show you but I'm just trying to get my act together while living in a state of denial. In the midst of all this madness, it's important to take good care of ourselves. We must find good shortcuts, give thanks and eat a ridiculous amount of salad to balance our (MY) future indulgences. Eat salad, make TO DO LISTS, watch The Voice, drink a toddy, live life all while doing laundry and on and on...
So, HELLO MONDAY! Let's do this. Let's make another one of my favorite Trader Joe's salads. This Country Italian Salad is one of my go-to salads when I'm grabbing a quick lunch at work. I usually pair it with a cup of Trader Joe's Red Pepper Tomato Soup (which I add a little cheese & hot sauce up in).
Now I have meals for work the rest of the week. What I love about this salad is the crunch, the protein from the beans, the tangy dressing and the sweet peppers. It's definitely good on its own, although you could add some tuna, chopped chicken or go wild and add avocado in there. You could also pair it with grilled sausage & grilled flatbread. That sounds good, right??! The garlicy parmesan dressing (that get's even better on day two) is where it's at. I want to put it on everything.
Other Trader Joe's Salad I've Shutterbean-ified (totally a word) include:
And we're off! This is a dream for a person with a vegetable chopping compulsion. Ahem, me.
Put a lid on it. SHAKE.
You could toss this whole salad together or you could put it in TO-GO containers for the week.
Bring the jar of dressing with you. It's already in a jar. PORTABLE!
And we dress...
Look at all that color.
I just got the cutest TO GO containers from Cost Plus. Do you say Cost Plus or World Market?
Are you one of those people that says Cost Plus World Market? Discuss.
They make eating salad so much easier cuz it's like an actual bowl...with a lid!
makes 3-4 servings
for the dressing:
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1/3 cup grated Parmesan
- kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
for the salad:
- 2 heads romaine lettuce, roughly chopped
- 1/2 green pepper, finely diced
- 1-2 red peppers, finely diced (I used a combo of red, orange & yellow)
- 1 cup shredded carrots
- 2 green onions, finely diced
- 1 14.5 oz can cannelini beans, drained & rinsed
- 3/4 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
In a small jar mix the vinegar, oil, garlic, mustard, basil, oregano & parmesan together. Season with salt & pepper. Put lid on jar and shake until dressing is well incorporated. Set aside.
In a large bowl, toss the lettuce, peppers, carrots, green onions with the cannelini beans. Drizzle dressing on top of salad and toss to coat. Serve the salad with shaved Parmesan cheese on top.