I hate the term “Kitchen Sink.”

Kitchen sink:  for me this term used to describe a salad, soup or omelet prepared with a wide variety of ingredients found lying around your kitchen, has always bugged me.

Even as a kid.

I picture one of grandmother’s unattached artificial fingernails hiding somewhere like a needle in a haystack of decomposing vegetables- with maybe a few strands of mom’s hair for good luck. 

De Jour is overused.  And Special conjures up images that the buyer screwed up purchasing inventory, or no one likes it enough to be put on the regular menu, or they needed to use up the ingredients before they go bad.

How about Today’s Bounty?  A little corny, but sounds thankful and fresh.  Here’s today’s bountiful salad- made with fresh or stable ingredients on hand served alongside a half of Caprese on Ciabatta.  Lunch for two!

  • KALE
  • LENTILS
  • SHREDDED CARROTS
  • DRIED CHERRIES
  • SHAVED ALMONDS & CHOPPED PECANS
  • CELERY
  • CUCUMBERS
  • BELL PEPPERS
  • FINELY SHREDDED MOZZARELLA CHEESE
  • SUNFLOWER SEEDS, optional…i say that cuz i wish i had some, lol.

Below is our HOUSE DRESSING. (Actually we stole it from the Goddess herself…The Barefoot Contessa, aka Ina Garten.)  It goes well with just about any chopped salad.

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Modena Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 cloves minced fresh garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard

Look in your fridge, whatdya got??  Look in your pantry, whatdya hiding in there?!

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