Probably not the first combination I would have thought of, but by golly – this really did turn out great!
Back story: NOLA Boy had a cardiac procedure in Tucson on Thursday, and while he was kept overnight for observation after procedure, I was lucky enough to be taken in by a great friend to spend the night in her magnificent home. Can’t thank her enough; it was a great respite from the many pressures of the last couple of months.
Friday morning we went to Beyond Bread for brunch, and I was thrilled to see that my favorite salad – Gobble Me Up – is still on their menu. It is a turkey salad like no other, and is such a great annual treat for me.
Gobble Me Up! Turkey, spiced cinnamon walnuts, dried cranberries, crumbled gorgonzola, cucumber, tomato, red onion, Ranch dressing on mixed greens. Southwest turkey salad, avocado, cucumber, tomato, red onion, Ranch dressing on mixed greens.
It is huge in size, and usually provides at least three feasting occasions. First attack was at the restaurant in their sheltered outdoor seating area. The second was on the way home at a truck stop, and the third, and more personalized, right now for lunch on Saturday.
Just now, I added some leftover fancy bell pepper/mushroom/onion fried rice, and some feta cheese, and then made a dressing of the tagine sauce and ranch dressing shown above. The ranch dressing on its own on the original salad is really good, but I spied the tagine sauce in the refrigerator and decided to experiment. And I’m here to tell you that it was a major success!
I’m sneaking up slowly into the “curry”-type dishes using prepared sauces in small quantities, and learning as I go along. I am finding that I don’t care for the direct hit that seems to accompany traditional curry dishes, but adding a bit of this or that to my regular-types of foods is working out quite well.
Experimenting with foods is always such a pleasure! ;->