Parmesan mushroom salad

Every time I go out for Italian food, I end up ordering some variation of this salad, so I thought it was time I developed my own recipe for it so I can enjoy it at home too! I’m happy to report this version does not disappoint!! I’ve listed the ingredients to serve 2, but this is the type of thing that’s easily cut down or increased to feed as many as you need.
Parmesan mushroom salad

Ingredients

4 oz mixed mushrooms (cremini, oyster, shitake are good)
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp truffle oil
1/4 cup grated good quality parmesan cheese
2 tblsp olive oil
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp red wine vinegar
salt and pepper
2 cups mixed greens, like arugula, baby spinach or dandelion leaves

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to broil. Wash the mushrooms and slice them roughly. Toss mushrooms with 2 tsp olive and truffle oils. Coat with grated parmesan cheese. Transfer the mushrooms to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place under the broiler (not at the top rack or they will burn) and cook 4 minutes. Take out of the oven, stir, and return to broiler for an additional 4 minutes.
While the mushrooms are browning, mix olive oil, vinegars and salt and pepper in a bowl to make a dressing. When the mushrooms come out of the oven, toss the greens in the dressing. Plate onto two plates, and top with warm mushrooms. Note: This salad comes together at the last minute as you need to plate it right away once you’ve dressed it. The vinegar in the dressing bruises the baby greens quickly, and once you put the hot mushrooms on, they will start to wilt. Using strong greens like arugula and spinach makes for a nice warm salad.

Basic salad dressing

Mustard dressing
This is a photo of my niece Charlotte, learning how to make mustard vinaigrette.
We always make a big jar of it since it keeps so well in the fridge!

Ingredients

1 tbsp Dijon mustard, grainy or smooth
1/4 c red wine vinegar, or balsamic if you like a sweeter dressing
1/2 tsp sugar if using red wine vinegar
salt and pepper
3/4 c olive oil

Preparation

Mix mustard, vinegar, sugar and salt and pepper into a thick paste.
Whisk continuously while pouring in the olive oil.
Yield: 1 cup

Cranberry-orange relish

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

2 medium oranges
4 c. fresh cranberries (1 lb)
2 c. sugar
1/4 c. finely chopped walnuts

Preparation instructions

With a vegetable peeler, remove the orange portion of the peel of one orange; set aside.
Completely peel and section both oranges. Using a food grinder with a coarse blade or a food processor, grind reserved orange peel, orange sections and cranberries. Stir in sugar and nuts. Chill for several hours. Serve with poultry or ham.

Submitted by: Jennifer L

Leslie’s fruit salad dressing

from Jennifer L.’s book, North Branch , MN

Ingredients

1 egg; beaten
1/2 c. sugar
1 tbsp orange rind; grated
1 tsp lemon rind; grated
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 c. whipping cream; whipped

Preparation instructions

Cook egg, sugar, orange rind, lemon rind,and lemon juice; Stir over low heat for 5 minutes until thick.
Fold whipping cream into cooked mixture.
After it has cooled slightly, enjoy.

Mint leaves optional

Submitted by: Jennifer L

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