Dean and Deluca Copy Cat SaladApril 01, 2014
Ok confession: since the day I got pregnant I have been craving a certain salad from Dean and Deluca. When I lived in Charlotte, Dean and Deluca was definately one of my happy places. My bridesmaid Courtney and I would go there for lunches or to grab treats and we both became addicted to this amazing salad from the prepared foods section. Clearly, we do not have a Dean and Deluca here in Maine (I'm grateful for our Starbucks and Target!) so this craving has gone unmet for 6 months. I am one of those people who really believes that a salad from a restaurant is always better than one from home, even if you have the same ingredients, but after 6 longs months I thought I better just give it a try at home.
I am pleased to report that yesterday I was successful!
And that I ate three (ok, 4) servings of my copy cat salad in the span of a few hours yesterday.
No shame in my game.
So here's what you'll need for the Copy Cat Salad:
pecans or walnuts
thinly sliced celery
thinly sliced red onion
your vinaigrette of choice
the method is super easy, duh, it's a salad
but there is one essential trick:
you must toss the salad in the dressing and then let it sit for a bit. This allows the spinach to wilt and soften and the ingredients to come together in flavor. The Dean and Deluca version is made daily and served until they run out so the spinach in their version is also wilted and coated with an amazing oily vinaigrette. Last night I prepped a large version for my dinner and let it sit in the fridge, covered, for an hour before devouring. It was so, so yummy.
P.S. the gorgonzola was pasteurized, so no need to call the preggo police on me.
I forgot dressing at the grocery store so I perused Pinterest and tossed this together:
Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
1 1/3 cups olive oil
1 cup balsamic vinager
4 cloves minced garlic
4 tablespoons dried parsley
4 tablespoons dried basil
4 tablespoons onion powder
2 teaspoons salt
use a mason jar or tupperwear with a lid when mixing.
Give the dressing a good shake before each use
I'm a big fan of this dressing...I think I'll most likely always keep some on hand so that I can take a break from my regular ranch habit. Plus, after some tweaking to the recipes that I found online, I had everything I needed in my pantry.
I also had some rotisserie chicken in the fridge so I tossed that in with the salad right before I devoured it, but the original does not contain protein.
This is the perfect salad for this time of year when Spring weather reminds us that bathing suit season is right around the corner but the veggies in the supermarket aren't exactly Summer fresh.
Try it, you'll like it!