Now, it is the SALAD.
I buy a box of pre-washed spring mix or baby spinach, and I'm good to go. I think the important revelation, for me, was buying a bottle of good sherry wine vinegar: it goes with almost everything, if you're short on ideas. And the second most important revelation was that hot meat + sherry + olive oil + cool salad = bliss.
Here are some of the more successful combinations of late:
- Premixed Thai peanut sauce, blood oranges, red onions, lime juice
- Grilled beef, blue cheese, pecans, red onions, grilled asparagus, sherry vinaigrette
- Pears, pecans, romano, red onion, pomegranate-balsamic vinaigrette
- Fried vegetarian mushroom ham (the perfect consistency for frying, and o mushroom deliciousness), black sesame seeds, shao xing wine, garlic, thai peanut sauce, lime juice