Picture a chilly, dreary, rainy Monday; the first day back to school for the homegirlz and the first day back to work for their mother after the Christmas holidays. Mom arrives home from work, the house is dark and strangely quiet, both girls are sound asleep.
This was the scenario yesterday at our house. I tried to wake the girls but I could not stir them. I've been a little under the weather since New Years Eve, and really did not feel like cooking. I decided to take advantage of this opportunity and prepare one of my favorite salads.
This is a simple combination of iceberg and romaine lettuce, sliced red onion, sliced fontina cheese strips (oh how I love the nutty taste of this cheese), some of Gigi's pecans that I toasted on the stove and some leftover boneless, skinless chicken from the fridge. But this isn't all...
What REALLY makes this salad feel so warm and cozy is the salad dressing. It goes so well with the toasted pecans and the nutty fontina cheese. Warm over low heat about 1/4 cup of real maple syrup on the stove. Pour the warm syrup into a measure cup and add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and whisk in some extra virgin olive oil to taste. Now pour this delectable dressing over your salad and enjoy with a glass of wine.
You'll sleep really well, I promise!