I haven't worked much in the last year- mainly because I was pregnant and then had little baby girl but I continue to do all of their social media and events- which I love. I have also met some of the most fun people- men and women- from all walks of life and all different backgrounds. So when I say a blessing I definitely mean it- I've really cherished my "job" there.
So on to the salad! Woo! Each year we do inventory and even though it's a bit of a pain (5 a.m. arrival time- not for me this year due to little baby girl!) it's fun and everyone brings a dish to share. So alas time for the recipe- and no- it's not mine (though I did add a few extra things!). And I'm not stingy and this salad is so freaking good it has to be shared!
Macaroni Grill Insalata Florentine
3 ounces julienne-shredded fresh spinach
3 ounces grilled chicken, sliced and chilled
1 ounce ripe Roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 ounce pine nuts, lightly toasted
1/2 ounce sun-dried tomatoes, julienne cut
1/2 ounce capers
1/2 ounce sliced black olives
1/2 ounce julienne-cut radicchio
5 ounces orzo pasta, cooked and chilled
3 ounces roasted, garlic lemon vinaigrette
1/4 ounce shaved Grana Padana Parmesan
Fresh cracked pepper, for garnish
In the order listed, place all ingredients, except Parmesan cheese, in a chilled mixing bowl.
Toss and serve in a bowl. Garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese and fresh cracked pepper.
Macaroni Grill Roasted Garlic Lemon Vinaigrette
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 ounce roasted garlic
3/4 cup virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced (no seeds)Place vinegar, honey, salt and roasted garlic in a food processor. Puree until garlic is chopped very fine.
With the food processor still running, add olive oil and lemon juice. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Notes: I only add the sliced, grilled chicken if making for a main dish.Notes: I added fresh chopped basil and Cavendar's seasoning before I added in the dressing. I'm thinking you could also add in some chopped cooked bacon if you didn't want to do the chicken!
So yes thank me later- it is a bit time consuming- but worth it. And still yummy the next day. Not to mention the dressing is fantastic and can be tossed with anything!