Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dishwashing and Dinner Salads

Tonight I got to be dishwashing royalty.

Okay, maybe I over-glorified my role just a tad.

Regardless, I had an awesome time suds-ing up the dishes at the Taste of Home Cooking School event that premiered in Morgantown tonight.

Where did I get such a sweet gig, you ask? My mom is undoubtedly the #1 Fan of Taste of Home’s Simple and Delicious Magazine. So, when the local food panel I sit on was asked to volunteer backstage at Taste of Home’s event, I jumped at the chance to bring mom along for some behind-the-scenes fun.

And fun we had.

They cooked up a storm at the event, and raffled off every dish they created for audience members to take home (backstage volunteers excluded unfortunately!). This event was not for the faint-of-heart: For instance, "Upside Down Banana Pecan French Toast" was first on the menu, complete with 2 cups of half and half (even my eyes widened at this one!).

Prior to all the dish-washing mania though, I chowed down on a dinner salad that I knew would power me through the next three hours on my feet, elbow-deep in Palmolive.

This baby was loaded with plenty of stick-to-your ribs fixins.' Let’s be honest: there’s really no other way to eat a dinner salad.

This dish-washing chick is exhausted. Fortunately it's dress-down Friday at work tomorrow.... If only dress-down day meant sweatpants and a hoodie :)

Stick-To-Your-Ribs Dinner Salad

(a very simple Hungry Spoon original)

This salad was quick and easy to throw together, and filled me up with all kinds of happiness. I don't have amounts for anything, because I just threw it all into the mix!


  • Fresh spinach, stemmed and chopped
  • chopped avocado
  • Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • chopped broccoli
  • chopped fresh tomato
  • toasted pumpkin seeds
  • Gorgonzola cheese
  • Roasted garlic hummus
  • Black bean salsa
  • A little drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette

1) Combine all ingredients in a big bowl, mix together, and enjoy your crunchy, satisfying dinner.

2) Enjoy your Friday!


  1. That salad sounds great, too bad I can't get the 2 cups of half and half out of my head! Yuck!

  2. I have dinner salads often, too - but I love your version. Must try it!

  3. What a cool opportunity to hang out at a fun event with your mom!! Love the salad too!

  4. Yum! That salad sounds epic and amazing and exactly like something I'd love to death.

    What a fun event to be involved with!

  5. I love salads alot of ingredients like this one.. Sounds great! Love that you put gorgonzola in it :)

  6. Oh that salad looks like such a great mix!