Potluck with fellow food bloggers, there’s a little self-imposed pressure to come up with a yummy dish that’s not a common recipe and also looks good in a photo. This Food Bloggers LA (FBLA) lunch meet-up had a PUMPKIN theme for the food. Think breads, cakes, cookies? Not me… I STILL think a buffet needs a green salad and brought a Romaine and Green Apple Salad with a Creamy Pumpkin Dressing.
But I also have to say… this was damn delicious. Seriously, EVERY potluck needs a green salad, it just does. More than one, even better!
And the Granny Smith apple in this salad comes with a Hollywood a story. Background acting this week on the set of a TV show, I had picked up the biggest apple I could find from the craft services cart just seconds before they called us for a scene; I put it in my purse. Once the scene was shot, they surprised us with shuttle vans to a catered lunch a few blocks away. “Surprised” because we had all been told lunch would be a “60 minute walkaway,” meaning grab your wallet and walk somewhere, be back in an hour. You know how much I love to eat, so I availed myself of the buffet. Back home that night, the apple was still in my purse. Two days later, food bloggers were enjoying it, drizzled with Creamy Pumpkin Dressing.
Creamy Pumpkin Salad Dressing
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 3 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 heaping Tablespoon mayonnaise
Put all ingredients in a 2-cup jar with tight lid. Shake vigorously to blend. Refrigerate a few hours before using. Makes 1 cup of dressing.
- 1 head romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
- 1 large Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced into bite size pieces
When ready to assemble, toss together the lettuce and apple with the dressing. Makes 10 to 15 servings, depending upon portion size.