My good friend next door is moving to Oregon this month. I was over there tonight looking at the plants I’ll be adopting (heart face emoji), and realized how much they have been able to hear the noise we make at our house all these years. All the Friendsgivings, fights with miles when I’ve locked him out of the bathroom so I could drink a beer alone in the bathtub (he always ended up texting me from outside the door anyway), and pizza nights every Friday. I’ve brought them plates of cookies, tomatoes from my garden and homemade kombucha to apologize for our noise but she’s always said the noise “made her happy because she knew we were having a good time.” They’re seriously the best kind of people.
Friday nights were probably the most consistent noisy event they’ve had to put up with from us. Although our pizza nights have become more tame in the past 7 years since we’ve lived here, there’s always beer being drunk and records being played too loud. There have been fire alarms that have gone off, and even fireworks shot off the balcony.
Every pizza night I make this salad. It’s super simple and I’m reluctant to even post a “recipe” for it, but what really makes the biggest difference is the House Vinaigrette. It’s easy to throw together and shake up in a mason jar. I use fresh herbs but you could definitely used dry ones and experiment with what you have on hand. For the salad I’ve listed the ingredients I use, but no amounts which I’ve done on purpose. You can use what you like and dislike and alter amounts based on what you have.
- 1/2 shallot, minced
- 1 garlic clove finely grated
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 2 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 tsp fresh thyme, chopped fine
- 1 tsp fresh oregano, chopped fine
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- iceburg lettuce
- chopped tomato
- feta cheese
- sunflower seeds
- chopped cucumber
- chopped red onion
- finely chopped parsley
- To make vinaigrette, combine all ingredients in a mason jar. Screw on top and shake until ingredients are combined. Will stay good in the fridge for a week.
- Combine salad ingredients and top with dressing when ready to eat.