"It's the company, not the cooking, that makes the meal!" ~Perilee 
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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bruschetta Salad

It seems as if my life in the kitchen is finally picking up again.  There were a couple of weeks where everything I tried didn't really do anything for us!  We tried lots of new recipes and didn't find any we really enjoyed--that really makes me burn-out with cooking in a quick hurry. No one likes to slave over dinner only to be disappointed.  

Then the past week we have had some really big hits. One that is quick and refreshing is this salad. I love salad and I can't wait until we have our home grown tomatoes and basil to add to it.

1/2 cup Tomato, chopped (Roma or Plum tomatoes have less juices inside) More tomatoes makes it better so add more if you wish!
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh Basil
1/2 cup Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing (We like Newman's)
10 oz torn Romaine Lettuce (I like to mix it with Iceberg too.)
1 cup Croutons
6 oz Grilled Chicken Breast
2 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese

Combine the tomatoes, basil, and dressing; set aside.
Place the lettuce in medium serving bowl; top with croutons, chicken, and tomato mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve immediately. Serve with a nice roll.

** Not everyone is a big fan of Balsamic dressing or maybe even tomatoes so I forgo mixing the tomato, basil, and dressing together an serve them seperately so that everyone can build their salad to their liking. If you like bruschetta you are going to love this refreshing salad!

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