Tomato Basil Mixed Grain Salad

We went to Javier’s concert last night, I am not sure I have EVER seen someone roll their eyes so many times consecutively, while brandishing an orange flag that needed to be waved intermittently, with his arms crossed stoically across his chest and a recorder hanging from his neck.  I have to applaud his disdain.  I got shit pictures and a little video.  The best part of the video?  The boys brandishing what looked like swimming pool noodles, menacingly slamming them into the opposite hand.  The only thing that could have possibly made it better?  All them breaking into a song and dance routine ala West Side Story.

I should seriously suggest this to the music teacher.  It is brilliant.  Genius!  Anyway…here is a shot of the snow as seen through the windshield of our car on the way home.

What Do I Need?



Garlic (are you surprised?)

Fresh Basil

Mozzarella Cheese

Mixed Grains (or pasta)

Balsamic Vinagrette

Cut your tomatoes.  We like very large chunks of vegetables in our dishes, you may not.  Cut the tomatoes any way you like, it makes no difference.

Also, I will be reserving this recipe for summer from now on.  It will be MUCH better with fresh from the garden (or farmers market) tomatoes, a lot cheaper too!

Onions, we like them big you like minced.  Whatever.  Just cut some onions already!

This is not garlic you see here.  I did not add chunkily chopped up garlic to my salad.

A beautiful log of Sundried Tomato Basil Mozzarella from Trader Joe’s.  It was so pretty I was almost reluctant to take the knife to it…

I have always known my willpower was shit.

Basil!  Chop it!

Let’s make Vinaigrette!

Pour some olive oil in a bowl, add some balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, whisk it up.  Again, I give you no measurements.  Taste it before you pour it on your salad, add more of whatever to make it taste good to you.  Rocket science it is not.

Pour it on top of your salad, mix it up…

Mix in your mixed grains (or pasta), I used the leftover Trader Joe’s Mixed Grains from our Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Apples.  Let it sit for an hour or so at room temperature.  Meanwhile…

Get ready for a 5th grade concert while you listen to your children fight over doing math homework.

Feed the children.

What Do I Do?

Chop your tomatoes, onions, garlic, cheese and basil.  Place it all in a big bowl.  Prepare your Balsamic Vinaigrette by mixing olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.  Pour over your vegetables and add in your pre cooked or leftover mixed grains or pasta.  Mix well.  Let it sit at room temperature for an hour or more.



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