Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sister Salad



I love the fact that almost every time I call my sister, Heidi, she is baking cookies.


Sometimes, I am baking, too, and our conversations are accompanied by the soundtrack of whirring KitchenAids and the mmmmms of dough-sampling.


Occasionally one of Heidi's twins starts to cry. And that's ok, because usually one of mine is crying, too.


The two of us carry on great conversations in spite of the miles and time-zones between us. We share book titles and recipes. We bemoan the fact that all this cookie dough needs to be exercised away and compare workout routines. We solve world problems. And all while we are administering time-outs, wiping rear ends, and folding laundry piles.

A recipe from my sister is a treasure...and I am sharing one of my favorites today.

Like, Heidi, this salad is an interesting mix of tart and sweet. A little bit nutty. Fresh, healthy, and beautiful to look at. Enjoyable on many levels.
My Sister's Spinach Salad
Dressing: 1 cup vegetable oil, 2/3 cup bottled Teriyaki sauce, 2/3 cup white wine vinegar, 6 Tbsp. sugar, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. pepper. Mix in blender and set aside.
Salad: 10 oz. fresh spinach, 6 oz. craisins, 16 oz. water chestnuts, drained, 1/2 cup chopped parsley, 1 bunch chopped green onions, 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds, 6 oz. honey roasted peanuts, 2 cups cooked, diced chicken and 1/2 bag cooked bow-tie pasta
Marinate chicken and pasta in dressing for two hours. Toss with remaining ingredients right before serving.
Thanks, Heidi! Love it...love you!

19 comments:

Kenny and Linsey said...

I have finally caught up on all your posts for this month (it's been a crazy one) and I am exhaling slowly because reading your blog always make me happy. Diane's interview was really inspiring, the pictures of your kids enjoying fall are lovely and this salad recipe is mouth-watering. I enjoyed my visit with you today.

Heed said...

You're the sweetest Gab! Thanks for the nice note. This salad recipe is one of my favorite go-tos for any event. Love you, too...
Heed

wenderful said...

Oooh, that looks really good. I will try it. Thanks!

Lauren in GA said...

Thank you for another great recipe. I enjoyed reading about your relationship with your sister, too. I am so glad you ladies solve the world's problems while accomplishing so much on the homefront, too. You both are amazing :)

Paige said...

Tart and sweet is a great way to describe someone. I hope it gets used for me someday. and I hope someone makes me that salad.

♥Shally said...

Yuuuu hummmm... :)

calibosmom said...

Sisters are the BEST!!! This is one of my most favorite salads-I make it for every teacher luncheon-YUMMO!

Lindsey said...

I think I might go soak MYSELF in that yummy salad dressing. It sounds delish!

Jenibelle said...

Yum! That sounds wonderful, just what I need, more calories! Are there peanuts because she's just a little nutty also?

Dancin Queen said...

Yum--I think I've had a similar one at a RS gathering. I've wanted the recipe--thanks for sharing!

andrea said...

you know gabi... i really like you. i do.

that's all i have to say today. you're just great.

diane said...

This reminds me of the phone calls I have with my Sis, except I don't bake. All the parenting interruptions are on her end. I wouldn't change it for the world.

queenieweenie said...

mmmmmmm

sister phone calls are the best!

Meg said...

Makes me wish I had a sister.

Yummy looking salad!

Hazen5 said...

Seriously, just looking at this salad makes my taste buds do a dance!

cami said...

That looks delish! Gonna have to give that a try. Thanks! :)

Laura said...

I was just thinking today how happy I am that my eldest daughter has a sister. Sisters are the best!

Emy5 said...

That's not just any salad. It would be as satisfying as a whole meal for me. Gotta try. Thanks!

TravelinOma said...

You guys could be twins.

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