11 April 2013
Not that I really think I'm a "big-time" anything, but whenever we have takeout or something really simple for dinner, I say something like, "Yeah, the big-time professional foodie is really putting on a spread tonight." Of course, some of the salads I make are fancier than this one, with specific ingredients I went out to buy. Not this one.
This was simply a case of being too tired to cook and too tired to even run out for a few ingredients I would have liked to include. A case of using whatever was there (which wasn't much). I had some salad greens that needed to be used so I said, "Salad it is." Even though the salad greens were "pre-washed" and "ready-to-use," I washed them. I am -- understatement alert -- a bit of a germaphobe; so no matter how tired I am, I'm washing that lettuce. If I were on my deathbed, I'd wash that lettuce!
There was a tiny piece of good, pastured ham; so I diced it and fried it in a little olive oil until the edges were crisp. Had some hard-cooked eggs, which you can tell from the photo I overcooked just a bit (slight grey ring around the yolk). Had just a couple sun-dried tomatoes, which was a good thing since there are no decent fresh tomatoes right now. There were a few cheeses to choose from, and I thought Cheddar would be good for this.
I didn't even have a shallot or a clove of garlic (and my herb garden is kaput just now), but still managed to concoct a dressing we loved. The sweet creaminess of the dressing was a nice counterpoint to the salty, crispy-edged ham. So here's the recipe, which isn't really a recipe. You might think I forgot to list the salt in the dressing, but I didn't. Do not add salt; there is plenty of salt in some of the ingredients.
If you don't have, or don't like, balsamic vinegar, or just want a slightly sharper, less sweet taste, use red wine vinegar instead. Really, just use whatever you want; but use real mayonnaise, not that popular "salad dressing" with the initials "MW." I couldn't bear that!
Ham and Egg Salad
(Serves however many you want to serve)
2 ounces diced ham per person
1 or 2 hard-cooked eggs, sliced, per person
2 ounces Cheddar cheese per person
Whatever else you want to throw in
1 tablespoon diced sun-dried tomatoes per person
1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar per person
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil per person
1 tablespoon mayonnaise per person
1 1/2 teaspoons ketchup per person
1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper per person
1/8 teaspoon dried tarragon per person