Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hitting the Spot in the Heat...


We are still scorching in Texas.  Finally got a bit of rain yesterday... a spit, but still more than we have had in a long, long time.  I am grateful for every drop.

Anyway, I made this salad from Mary's One Perfect Bite last night for dinner.  It hit the spot (and worked for low carb).  I wasn't able to find the dill heads that Mary used and substituted regular fresh dill instead.  It was very good! Served it up on a spicy bed of baby arugula. 

I have to confess to adding a drizzling of balsamic vinegar... the Italians have hooked me!  We had it with pizza, on sandwiches, on salads and a balsamic reduction on steak; it was all GOOD.  A little dab of Modena balsamic vinegar and a drizzle of a good extra virgin olive oil... oh, my!!  I may be eating it on dessert next.  ;)  Just sayin'.

Have a wonderful day!  (link on Mary's name goes to her recipe)

Blessings ~ tanna

31 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

looks delish...

we got a spit too! and boy was i happy! SO nice to feel still-damp ground under my bare feet this morning!

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

I love a good salad and this one looks yummy. Setting for the recipe box to try later.

Deb said...

we missed it last night...but got a bit this morning...enough to make it steamy this afternoon...salad looks and sounds good..

Susan said...

Just a spit of rain. That sounds quite Southern to me. (giggling) That salad does look great. I must try. Susan

Oh yes, Balsamic does bring back a touch of Italy, doesn't it?

Julie Harward said...

This looks wonderful...we are having it for dinner tonight and I want to serve it on a bed of baby spinach. Thanks for sharing it! ;D

From the Kitchen said...

We are hooked on balsamic too. Did you know there is a white balsamic when you don't want so much color in a dressing? It's not quite as tasty as the regular. I have "handled" balsamic vinegar that cost $125 a bottle (no, I didn't forget the decimal point) and wondered just what it would taste like. Still wondering!

Best,
Bonnie

Chatty Crone said...

Looks yummy Tanna. I hear how hot it is out there - it's only in the 90's here - but I am ready for fall! How about you?

Terra said...

Hope you get some more nice gentle rain to cool it down. We like balsamic vinegar too, and I like to put a splash of it in a small dish with virgin olive oil, and dip good bread in it. Yum; your salad looks perfect.

podso said...

It looks great. I also like balsalmic vinegar ... and, by the way, that's a great plate to have a salad on! It actually makes the salad look bigger! :-)

Glad you got at least a spit of rain. I don't think we'll get much of Irene, but hopefully some of the rain will wind up here. Have a wonderful weekend!

dotsie

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Now that looks wonderful!!!!!!!!! Oh my will the 100 plus weather stop...I think this is more than I have ever experienced in my lifetime...we have stayed in all summer, oh my! Can you imagine going to a football game in this heat?

Blessings...going to put this on my menu....stay cool.

Christine said...

You got me with the Dill!!!!
Mmmmmmmm......

Amanda said...

That looks AMAZING! I'd love to see you and Mary in the kitchen together. You two could whip up a mean meal! Such talent there. XOXOXOXO

Debbie said...

And I'm just crazy for dill! Yum!
Glad you got some rain.
Deb

Tara said...

YUMMY YUM! Great combo.
hugs,
tara

Cindy said...

Oh my that looks and sounds very yummy!
Hugs, Cindy

Solar Powered said...

Well, you and Nanny...Balsalmic fiends! I have to admit, I like it too. And when we get sick of Modena Balsalmic... White Balsalmic is a wonderful change up.

P.S. I want that shrimp...now.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Mmmmmmm...Mary always has fantastic recipes and you made this one look so good! I love shrimp!

We have "battened down the hatches" and now will wait out the hurricane. I hope it loses power and doesn't do the damage they are prediocting :(

Sandy said...

Sorry to read you are still having a heat wave. we are hot out here in So cal too..

(excuse my lack of capital letters my computer is acting up)...

anyway, that dish looks wonderful and I love balsamic too!!

Hope you cool down and every little bit of rain counts. I read you are in an awful drought back there...

T's Daily Treasures said...

I love balsamic but my husband thinks the taste is too strong. :/ I used to make a really great chicken dish that called for it, along with mushrooms ... my entire family loved it, even the 12 year old who is so picky. Of course, now I don't eat meat anymore, so haven't made it in a few years. I never buy salad dressings -- always just make my one with olive oil, lemon juice or vinegar, s&p and garlic powder. Yum! Have a fabulous Friday! :) Tammy

Debbie said...

I'm a balsamic vinegar addict, and I've never even been to Rome. I've never tried it on pizza, though.

The salad looks yummy.

Lauri said...

Looks delicious!!

Donna said...

I don't even like shrimp, but the salad is so pretty that I might try it with chicken. Yummy.

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert said...

I thought I heard you calling me for dinner - sorry I missed it! I will have to try the balsamic trick on something soon. Have a lovely weekend and hope you get some rain. We're getting Irene :( so I suppose it is going to be a wet one - not complaining - just saying :)

It's Just Dottie said...

YOU were so right about the shrimp salad . I made it this afternoon. Wonderful!!!
I have been lingering over the photos of your magical trip and I see a very special glow on your face. You look like you are in just the right place at just the right time in your life. I am happy for you
Smiles. Dottie

Katherine said...

Oh my, that looks delicious! And perfect for a hot summer day! One of your many talents!

no spring chicken said...

That dish looks seriously amazing. And I have to agree about the balsamic. My husband doesn't care for it which I think has made me more of an addict. I can't use it in my tossed salad with dressing so I have to drizzle it on my own serving. I'm just sure that I'm getting a stronger dose this way than if it were just in the dish! Let me know about the dessert... I hadn't thought of that! :)

Blessings, Debbie

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

This look just perfect for a hot summer day's dinner. By the way, I think I've seen dessert recipes using balsamic vinegar.
Best,
Susan

Laura said...

Oh my.... and I love your blog!!!!! Yum, balsamic is the best, particularly with strawberries... just sayin'! I'll be back : )!

Leontien said...

I'm glad if finally rained a bit!!!
and that dish looks great!

Thanks and thank you for your steady praying! It is very much appreciated!
Leontien

Ana said...

Yummy, looks tasty. Perfect for the hot weather.

Hugs and Kisses,
♥Ana

nanny said...

Yes....I love Balsamic, love it, love it. I like it straight on salads! It's hard to use dressing once you get use to balsamic, so fresh tasting.
Your salad looks delicious!

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