Saturday, May 26, 2012

quick salad fix

Whenever we're having pasta at home, we always try to have a salad to go with it. A nice green salad is enough to nudge your vegetarian pasta dinner from lovely to amazing. And making salad is not at all a problem especially now that we have lots of readymade dressings available in supermarkets. Two of my favorites are Dizon Farms Mango Vinaigrette and Kewpie Deep-Roasted Sesame Seed Dressing.

I use the Dizon Farms Mango Vinaigrette for arugula (pictured above) and other green leaves. One easy recipe is to get a bunch of greens, tear them to pieces, and dump them in a bowl. I add pine nuts and candied peanuts, and drizzle the whole thing with mango vinaigrette. I throw in a pinch of salt sometimes to get everything to taste just right. By the way, pine nuts and candied peanuts are also available in the supermarket.

The Kewpie Deep-Roasted Sesame Seed Dressing is very tasty, and it goes fabulously with fresh tomatoes and leafy greens. Aside from salads, this dressing goes well with grilled tofu and vegetable skewers.