Every time I’m asked what is my favorite kitchen gadget, I can’t name just one. In my view, the kitchen is made up of multiple parts improving with age. Today I’m showcasing one of these items: The Salad Bowl.
There are things we must have, the basics. Then there are the conveniences and above that, the luxury Items. Basics include the pots, pans, table settings, glassware – you get my drift. Conveniences & the occasional luxury item the things that make our kitchen special, how we stand out from the crowd. This area is what this question is all about. What makes our kitchen special?
One of the most beloved (that means utilized) items in my kitchen is the wooden salad bowl. After admiring them from afar, a few years ago I finally broke down & bought one. Now I can’t fathom life without it. This amazing bowl is so forgiving. I whisk the salad dressing in it, varying the ingredients depending on the type of salad I have. I add the greens and toss. This bowl is used multiple times a week because salads are a staple in our house. This bowl is big! I would love to buy a smaller one for just Steve & I (having two leads into the luxury realm), but I don’t know where it would live in my kitchen. The bowl I have now will easily make a salad for 8 – 10. The salad for just the two of us gets lost in this vast area but I use it anyway.
I was getting ready to make a Salad the other day and being obsessed with the Food 52 site, I surfed a bit and happily stumbled upon Kristen Miglore’s version of Caesar Salad. It basically contained all of the same ingredients as mine but left out the raw egg, added a bit of Balsamic vinegar and celery for crunch. I was intrigued…
This past week I have been playing with this recipe and have made subtle adjustments to align with my tastes. This salad is so simple, giving me the convenience of making the dressing ahead. All of our guests that have been subjected to the test have raved about the salad, to the point of insisting I give them a copy of the recipe to take home. That means it’s good.
Last night I ran out of romaine. I used a mix of red & green cabbage for the greens, omitted the celery and added feta for part of the Parmesan. It was awesome! You know a recipe is a winner when it slides into your kitchen and is instantly a favorite that is used over & over.
Tell us, do you have a favorite salad bowl or what is your favorite kitchen gaget? Better yet, post a picture.