This post is a big one for me, a big reveal. Those of you who know me well have probably experienced The Stephanie Salad, a huge (as in HUGE) salad I’ve been refining and shaping for so many years it’s comical. The Stephanie Salad debuted in high school and it was a hit out of the gate. Paul Wessel, (cute neighbor/friend/athlete/romantic-tension-buddy) used to ask for it by name and his moniker stuck. Since then, though my range as a cook may be limited, I’ve dived deeply into the salad niche. It’s my vertical. I hate to brag, but I am a Saladologist, The Marquise de Salad. And now, after guarding my recipe as tightly as Coca Cola does its secret formula, I’m letting go of the apron strings and sharing.
And so, drum roll please, here is the Stephanie Salad:
1 head Boston or Red Leaf lettuce
1 endive, chopped
1/2 cup radicchio, shredded
1 red pepper, chopped
1 yellow pepper, chopped
1/2 cup raw purple cabbage, chopped (adds great color!)
1 carrot, chopped
3 scallions, chopped
1 small handful of raisins
2 cups grape tomatoes, each tomato cut in half
1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
1 cup penne pasta, cooked al dente (8 minutes) and then rinsed for 2 minutes in cold water
1 can solid white tuna in water
1 tbs. real mayonnaise
1 tbs. Dillweed – when you make the tuna, add mayo and generous amounts of dried dill. So nice.
1 tbs. dijon mustard
Serves 6-8. I’ve made this salad for friends, parties, family, and myself (a billion times.) If I’m solo, this will be my food for the day; lunch/afternoon snack/dinner. The Stephanie Salad has tons of greens and veggies plus a healthy mix of carbs and protein. Bam, your nutrition is covered for the day…and you won’t feel deprived. (One note: best if eaten the day it’s made – dressed salads suffer ignoble deaths overnight in the refrigerator.) Meanwhile, just because it’s funny, take a look at this story about how women are often depicted, alone, laughing wildly when eating a salad (!), So leafy greens are a darn good time? My salad is good, but I can’t say it’s a party in a bowl. It’s just good stuff that’s good for you.
Do you have a go-to salad you love to make? Let us all know – leave a comment! xxooSteph