Thursday, July 10, 2008

CUPBOARD SALAD: Hidden Treasure

This is something that I throw together whenever I don't have much in the house. It's one of the easiest things in the world to make. All of the ingredients are basic staples that I try to regularly keep in my pantry and fridge. Leeks keep for quite a while in the fridge, which make them a practical vegetable to have on hand.

I've eaten this salad for lunch before and been very content with it as a full meal. It also makes a great side or snack, as well as a welcome addition to a last-minute picnic.

1 can of artichoke hearts
1 can of hearts of palm
1 small leek
1 small block of Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon or 2 of Italian dressing (I always use Newman's Own)

What to Do:
Grab a medium to large bowl for all of the ingredients. Open up the cans, drain, and rinse. If using whole artichoke hearts, chop them into fourths. Cut the hearts of palm to match the size of the cut artichoke hearts as much as possible. Quarter the hearts of palm, slicing them in half lengthwise and then again width wise. Cut off the tough top from the leek and then slice it in half. Wash thoroughly and chop into thin half-moon slices. Use a vegetable peeler to shave the Parmesan. Add in the dressing, a little at a time, and toss the ingredients to give everything a nice even coating.

This salad is a cinch and mighty tasty too! Who knew such a great little dish was waiting behind those cabinet doors?


Anonymous said...

yummy town. sounds like it would be good as a chunky dip like brewsketta. -jewlz

Anonymous said...

Sounds yummy. Never bought canned hearts of palm...I made your fruit muffins from an early post. Yum Yum great texture. Hope the bday was ab fab. I m feeling mostly better. Love u much, Jilly

Clionadh said...

my sweet,

if one were to read your blog often, they might conclude that a) you always seem to have 'almost bare cupbroads' or 'a practically empty fridge with the exception of eight pounds of spinach and a peace yogurt' and b) you have as much time as you have food (i.e. none). This impression is sharply at odds with the reality of your apartment, which (if I recall correctly) has so much food in it, around it, outside it etc that it is splitting at the seams....

Clionadh said...

I meant peach yogurt and HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Sorry!