ROMAINE, TOMATO AND PARSLEY SALAD WITH SUN-DRIED TOMATO PESTO DRESSING

Simple and crunchy romaine lettuce is a great blank canvas in a basic salad recipe. I believe when you have a salad dressing that really packs a flavourful punch like this sun-dried tomato pesto dressing, you don't really need too many fruits or veggies in the salad to enhance it in anyway. This dressing is a bit tangy and has a great depth of tomato flavour. This would be a good side dish with a grilled chicken breast.

Serves 4

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 head of romaine lettuce, cleaned and chopped
  • 1 medium sized tomatoes, sliced into wedges
  • half an onion, sliced thin (rinsed in cold water to take off the spicy edge)
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Dressing Ingredients: yields 3/4 cup

  • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sun-dried tomato pesto
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • coarse salt
  • 1 tbsp light mayo
  • 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 small garlic clove, grated finely
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

In a large salad bowl, add in all of the salad ingredients and place it into the fridge to get cold until you're ready to serve. In a small bowl, add in all of the ingredients, except the olive oil, and whisk it altogether to incorporate. Then drizzle and whisk in the 3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. When you're ready to serve, toss most of the dressing with the salad and taste it first. If you find you need more go ahead and add in the rest.


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