I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I love to eat salads this time of year. This salad is inspired from my friend Jenny and her husband Adam. Her husband works at a local restaurant and when they have get togethers, this salad usually makes an appearance. It is on the menu of the restaurant where he works and while I never order it there, I love eating it at their house. I love how beautiful it looks on a plate, the gorgeous colors and mostly, the cornbread croutons. They really make this salad special.
This salad is more of an idea than a recipe. I do have a specific recipe for the dressing, but the salad is what you want it to be. This is my version of the salad that Adam makes. I am sure that is not even close to what he makes, but I like it. Use whatever is fresh and available. I would like to think that this salad is called Market Salad because it is made from whatever looked good at the Farmer’s Market that morning.
For the dressing (which I also use for the chicken marinade sometimes):
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 Tablespoons honey
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
2 cloves chopped garlic
3 tablespoons orange juice
2/3 cup red wine vinegar
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 heads romaine lettuce shredded
2 cups arugula
1 bunch Italian parsley (I really like to use herbs as a salad green. I love to use torn parsley in my salads)
1/2 cup baby tomatoes
3 green onions sliced
1 avocado diced (I add this right before I serve it so it does not brown)
1/3 cup chopped dates
1/3 cup sliced almonds
2 ears corn taken off of the cob (I threw it in raw)
2 chicken breasts
Throw everything into a bowl, except for the croutons. Toss with a little of the dressing. You can always add more, but cannot take away, so go easy with the dressing. I really do not like a salad drenched in dressing. Scatter some croutons on top.