Because I was arriving later in the evening, Little Helen asked me what I thought I'd want to eat and I told her I'd let her know. When I was about 30 minutes away I texted her and told her I wanted a salad and a glass of wine.
Once I got off the train, we walked to her condo to drop off my suitcase, then went right back out the door and walked to a restaurant in her neighborhood that even she had not been to, but had heard they had great salads. When we perused the menu we both remarked that while the selection of salads wasn't huge, they sounded unique and delicious and both of us appreciated that they gave the choice of a full size dinner salad or a smaller version. We ended up ordering smaller salads and a small pizza to share. We would later regret that we'd not gotten the large salads and skipped the pizza - it was good but the salads were fabulous.
Even while we were sitting there eating, I started making plans to try to recreate the salads at home. When she came home for Christmas, Little Helen remembered that I had mentioned trying to do that and gave me some specialty vinegar in my stocking towards the cause.
When I started working on the re-creation, all I had to go on was their list of ingredients so I knew it could come out really good or it could be a disaster. But I have faith in my cooking ability so I was willing to give it a whirl. Here's the information I started with:
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
l/4 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 small clove garlic, put through a press, or minced
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. finely ground black pepper
2 Tablespoons of water
Put everything in a bowl and whisk it or put it in a jar and shake it really well. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
I'm off to You Tube to find out how to salt roast beets ;)