Monday, October 08, 2018

Homecoming 2018: Chiapparelli's-Style Salad on the Menu

Um, yes, I mispelled Chiapparelli's on our chalkboard.

We recently hosted my son and his friends for a Homecoming Dance Dinner Party.  This salad was on the menu because it is a proven crowd-pleaser.  Below are some pictures of our evening.  What a sweet group we had here in our home.  It's also VERY sweet when the older brother includes the younger sister and her date.  It was his dinner party after all.
That same little sister likes to take this salad to school for lunch.  She adds toasted, sliced almonds and roasted, salted chickpeas to make it extra-special. (see details at end of this post)
This salad dressing gets better with time although I suspect you will use it up within a week.  It's just that good!

Chiapparelli’s-style Salad
Recipe adapted from several recipes found online

3 to 4 heads of Romaine Lettuce, chopped
1 small clove of garlic, crushed with a pinch of kosher salt
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup white wine vinegar
1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
1 ½ teaspoons sugar
Juice of ½ a lemon
½  teaspoon kosher salt
½  teaspoon freshly ground pepper
½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (grated)
¼ cup Pecorino Romana cheese (grated)

In a large measuring cup whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, and salt.  Once sugar/salt are dissolved whisk in the olive oil, oregano, pepper, and crushed garlic.

Toss lettuce with grated cheeses and then toss again with dressing to coat– not too much!  

Store chopped Romaine Lettuce in Mason Jars - keeps for a week!

Just press knife down at slight angle to crush garlic - salt will help with crushing action.

A small pop of purple for school spirit!
Everyone through the buffet line - always makes it easy to serve a crowd.

Ready for the Lunch Box
Sea Salt Crunchy Chickpeas
This is what their packaging used to look like and below is their new packaging.

This is the brand we like best.  We found them at Whole Foods and My Organic Market.

I like the compostable bowl because it fits easily into her lunchbox.

We keep roasted sliced almonds in our pantry at all times - easy to do See How to Toast Nuts