Healthy Fresh SALSA & ARTICHOKE SALAD

Table of Contents: Salads

1 large tomato, diced
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 T. green pepper, finely diced
2 T. sweet red pepper, finely diced
Salt
Garlic salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 canned artichoke hearts, quartered & lightly salted
Extra virgin olive oil
Red wine vinegar
¼ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Romaine hearts or other lettuce

 

 

In a small bowl mix the first four ingredients.  Sprinkle with salt, garlic salt, & pepper to taste.  Add the quartered artichokes and toss.  

Pour just enough olive oil on the salsa to barely coat the ingredients.  Do not “drown” the salsa. Toss to mix; then sprinkle on a few drops of red wine vinegar and toss again.  Add the Worcestershire sauce and blend.  Taste again to adjust any seasonings.

Place romaine heart leaves on salad plates and top with the salsa.  Serves: 3 to 4.

If you are wondering about the photo of this salad being guarded by the tiny statue of Elmer Fudd, there is a perfectly good reason!  He has become our Westbrook Family Mascot.  Our kids began the tradition.  My husband, Joe, has a warm fleece-lined hat that he wears hiking outdoors in cold weather.  It has flaps that can be cinched under the chin or on top of the cap.  Many years ago, we were hiking with all of our children to the top of Mt. Leconte in the Smokey Mountains to spend the night in one of the cabins at the top of the mountain.  Someone took a picture of Joe wearing the cap with one flap up and one flap down.  Everyone thought it looked like Elmer Fudd’s hat.  That began a stream of funny Elmer Fudd items appearing around the house: mugs, salt & pepper shakers, videos, and this little guy in the photo.  On our first family ski trip, the Elmer Fudd Ski Club was formed and known as “Le Club de Ski De Elmer Fudd”.  It sported  screen- printed sweatshirts with the logo in French, our own screen-printed flag to be planted at the ski house, and, of course, the kids white shoe-polished the windows of our mini-van with huge letters saying “The Elmer Fudd Ski Club”.  Can you only imagine the odd looks we got traveling through Alabama with our van windows covered in signs and carrying skis on top of the van!   Fun, fun days.  Elmer has now taken on an additional job, occasionally he guards the recipes that I make.  I will not admit to the fact that one of my sons actually called the language department of Huntingdon College and asked one of the professors of French to spell the logo motto in French!

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