I can’t think of a more perfect dish than this salad to be my first official signature dish. What exactly is a signature dish? According to Wikipedia a signature dish is a recipe that identifies an individual chef or restaurant. Ideally it should be unique and allow an informed gastronome to name the chef in a blind tasting. It can be thought of as the culinary equivalent of an artist finding their own style, or an author finding their own voice. This salad is me on a plate. A little bit of savory, a little bit of sweet. It is my go to side dish, my go to potluck salad and quite frankly my favorite salad of all time.
I created this salad randomly one night when I needed to throw a quick side dish together to go with our steaks I had grilled. I looked around in my pantry and grabbed a few random ingredients and then went to the fridge and grabbed a few more. My steak loving husband claimed this salad to be his favorite part of the entire meal!!
Now you’re probably wondering what is in my signature salad at this point. Well it starts with a mix of red leaf lettuce and arugula and then its topped with dried cranberries, crispy french onions, sliced green onions, chopped tomatoes, sliced cucumbers and sliced hard boiled eggs. I told you it was RANDOM! Then its dressed with ranch dressing (use your favorite store bought brand when you’re in a pinch, my favorite that I use more often then homemade is this brand or you can use a homemade ranch recipe like this one. It is unexpected but absolutely freaking delicious. On occasion I like to throw some chopped rib eye steak on top of this salad and make it into a full meal. Give it a try next time you are looking for a yummy salad!
Tips & Tricks:
- This is a very basic recipe so obviously its kind of hard to mess up! The only caveat to this recipe is that there are no measurements for the salad ingredients. You’ll want to make however much you’ll want depending on how many people you are serving. You’ll want a large base of red leaf lettuce + arugula and then you will top the salad with equal parts of all the salad toppings. I always just eyeball it and will measure it by picking a salad bowl or large aluminum casserole dish according to how many people I’m feeding and then fill the bowl accordingly.
- The most important tip for this recipe is finding a really good store bought ranch dressing. Like I mentioned above, my favorite store bought brand of ranch is this one, found at my local Lee’s Marketplace.