go-to dinner #2: spaghetti and salad
May 28, 2009
It's summertime and I don't really want to cook much. However, the chorus of 'What's for dinner?' doesn't go on summer vacation. I know spaghetti and salad isn't a major discovery, but I had to share my 'olive gardenesque' combo tonight. It was fast and delicious. (If only the stuff I slaved over got these kinds of rave reviews.)
So. We did your basic spaghetti. With jarred sauce. I know, fancy. Added some spices and some parmesan, but that was about it. My eldest decided a few months ago to eat vegetarian, so we don't even add meat to the sauce anymore.
As for the salad, which is the whole point of this post... it was a bit more than that, but only a bit. And there was no hot oven or stove involved, which is even better. Because it's hot in the kitchen, baby.
I tore some romaine lettuce, added some parmesan and thinly sliced red onion. (I can fully credit Olive Garden for my early acceptance of raw onions in a salad. I know this for a fact. I'm sure it was because those mandarin-sliced slivers of pink were swimming in the delicious dressing. It would be a sin to leave them out of this salad.)
To the basic lettuce mix, I added a generous dose of salad dressing and tossed it well. Croutons would have been a nice addition, but I didn't have any, and I didn't want to use the oven to make any.
It's basically this recipe, and modified based on what I had on hand, as well as the fact that I get tired of measuring. Let me tell you, it was gooooood.
Without further ado, here's a yummy dressing you should try. (And nope, it's not in any way low-cal.) It's not exactly OG's... but it was close enough for me to wish we had a server coming by with another bowl.
- 1/2 C. Mayonnaise
- 1/3 C.
WhiteRed Wine Vinegar
- 1 tsp. Vegetable (olive) Oil (more or less)
- 2 Tbsp. Corn Syrup (I used dark. And less)
2 Tbsp.4Tbsp. Parmesan Cheese 2 Tbsp. Romano Cheese 1/4 tsp. Garlic Salt - orone clove garlic minced 1/2 tsp. Italian SeasoningBasil and oregano, to taste 1/2 tsp.Parsley Flakes
- (about, but probably more) 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
(By the way, I used a rather medium-ish bowl to mix this together. Because it makes quite a bit. Enjoy!)