Can you believe Thanksgiving is in a week? It’s crazy making. My Christmas lists aren’t ready for Black Friday shopping so that is, for sure, the next on my to-do list. But I am thinking ahead to eating a LOT of food next Thursday. I’m also thinking about that intricate dance of getting all the side dishes timed perfectly to get to the table the same time as the turkey. And all those hot plates need somewhere to sit. All you need to do is head to your local hardware store and make these easy DIY trivits. You’ll have a set of matching trivits, a bountiful table of food and a full stomach in no time!
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The hustle and bustle of starting the school year is enough to make you go fetal sometimes. And after a long summer of entertaining the kids everyday, I decided I needed a good old-fashioned girl’s night. With wine. And comfy clothes.
What a classy little lunch, right?! That right there is a totally civilized salad and a glass of bubbly totally suited for ladies who lunch. But I get a chance to eat out with my girlfriends about once every six months so I don’t really know any ladies who lunch. I definitely don’t know any who would have a glass of Prosecco at lunch (and I’m totally not judging, I’d really like to know those people. I love day drinking!) So this recipe for Prosecco Vinaigrette feels really special, when in reality it is super easy and pretty darn basic.
For the dressing you will need the ingredients shown above. Pretty much stuff you have lying around your pantry. Except for maybe the Prosecco. Do your self a favor and go buy a bottle. Keep it on hand for that one time you do get to invite your adult friends over and pretend you are fancier than you really are. That is not for their benefit, but yours. Get out of mom mode and turn on your inner socialite. You only need a little bit for the salad so you’ll be able to drink the rest out of fancy flutes (or juice glasses. whatevs).
And here is why this is so easy. You can make this ahead of time if you know your friends are coming for lunch. Or you can quickly make it while they are there. You can also not invite anyone over and keep it all to yourself. I love a kale salad but the idea of massaging it and washing it and trimming out the rib is much too much work. So I bought the Taylor Farms bagged kale salad with Brussels sprouts. I ignored the cheese, crouton crumbs and dressing and instead added fresh raspberries, orange segments and almond pieces. SO GOOD! It looks and sounds totally impressive, tastes great and was next to no work at all.
If you are having a large group I would toss the salad with the dressing right before serving. Or you can find a cute tiny pitcher to put the dressing in and have the guests dress their salads themselves. If I was saving this for my lunch for the week, I would keep the dressing in the jar so it is ready to go and rinse the raspberries and section the oranges as needed.
- For Lemon Prosecco Vinaigrette
- ¼ cup Prosecco DOC
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 TBSP Dijon mustard
- 2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
- 2 TBSP honey
- Kosher salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
- ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- For Salad
- 4 cups Brussels sprouts, rinsed and trimmed
- 2 cups chopped kale leaves
- (or 1 bag of Taylor Farms bagged Brussels Sprouts and Kale salad mix - removing the extra toppings bag - if using the measurements above, it will make about 6 servings as a side dish or 3-4 as a main dish. The Taylor Farms bag will feed about 4 side dish sized portions or 2 main dish portions)
- 2 navel oranges, segmented and sliced
- ½ cup fresh raspberries
- ½ cup chopped almonds
- For the dressing
- Whisk together Prosecco, garlic, mustard, lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper with fork in a small bowl or jar.
- Gradually whisk in olive oil until well combined.
- For the salad
- Plate kale and Brussels Sprouts.
- Top with orange segments and raspberries.
- Top with chopped almonds.
- Drizzle with dressing just before serving.
*Prosecco and recipe were provided for this post.