It's a tradition now for dinner: Mom makes the meat; I make the vegetables.
Maybe it's because I'm more of a veggie-lover to start with; maybe it's because it's always been simpler for me to make that instead of the meat. I don't know. But that's how it works in this house these days. And I love it.
I have this thing for making salads-- because you don't have to have a recipe, and you can put any combination of things together. Plus, you can eat lots of it, because it's really healthy, and not as filling as meat. Perfect.
I don't always put a dressing on my salads, but when I do, I want it to be something special, something that will really compliment the salad, not overpower it. I'm pretty picky about homemade dressings, and there aren't many pre-made dressing options here in Czech. But, today, I found fresh cilantro in the grocery store, which inspired me to make this...
Lemon-lime cilantro dressing
(adapted from this recipe)
It was so good!! Definitely need to remember this recipe. And I need to learn how to grow my own cilantro.
1 small clove garlic
3/4 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root (I used a pinch of ginger in powder form)
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/3 cup packed cilantro leaves
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Blend everything together in a high speed blender until smooth. Pour over a delicious salad (Note: Don't pour all at once- this recipe makes enough for a really big salad. You wouldn't want soggy lettuce or an overpowering dressing on your precious salad!)