Hello and Happy Monday! We have had a very busy weekend and have done a lot of fun things, but I didn't take photos of most of it, except with my iphone, which I put on Insta Gram. The fun started on Thursday night. Our son Drew's girlfriend Diana, is in the final bit of her college education, and doing some fun things to wrap it all up. She is going to be graduating in a few weeks with her degree in Hospitality. She has worked so hard, putting herself through school, and working a part time job at a restaurant all the while. We are very proud of her! At her college, there is a fine restaurant on the campus that is run entirely by the students going through this program. Thursday was Diana's night to manage the restaurant. . We had wonderful appetizers, good wine, and a fantastic meal!
On Saturday night, we went out to watch my niece play in her CIF semi finals in basketball. It was a good game, that went into overtime, and they lost by 2. Aw...they were so disappointed. But we were very proud of her!
Yesterday, we worked in the yard, and then in the afternoon, I went to my friend Pam's house where she hosts an Academy Awards party every year. Everyone brings a dish, and we have the best time. We also vote for each category and there is a winner. It was not me. We all thought the awards were good.
The dish I brought was based on one I had seen on Saturday on Trisha Yearwood's cooking show. She and husband Garth were cooking together in the kitchen, and this Thai Salad was one that they made. She called it a Thai Thai Salad. I went to Sprouts to purchase the ingredients I needed to make it, and added some that I thought would make it even better. I only took a couple photos, and none of when I had it all put together at Pam's house. Here is what you will need to make it.
Be sure to use the biggest bowl you have, because this makes a bunch! You will need room to toss it with the dressing, and then you can put it in a pretty glass bowl so that you can see all of the beautiful colors in this salad.
For the Cilantro Lime Dressing you will need:
About 2 Cups of olive oil. (I used about 1 3/4)
About 1/2 to 3/4 cup of sugar
The zest and juice of about 4 to 5 limes
2 large bunches of cilantro
4-5 cloves of garlic
salt and pepper to taste
Place your cilantro in food processor
Add zest and juice of limes
garlic cloves and sugar
Put lid on and pulse to chop, then add olive oil in steady stream to mixture to desired thickness. Add salt and pepper, pulse and taste to see that is how you like it. Adjust as needed.
This salad is delicious, refreshing and pretty. Next time I make it, I will add some fresh mint. I had a wonderful salad at a Thai restaurant one time that was actually very like this. It had the addition of fresh mint, and that really added a lot!!! I hope you try this. It would be great without the chicken too, but adding it makes it more of a meal.