Hi!! I’ve been gone for a few weeks, I went to the Dominican Republic with my kids and my friends and we had an amazing time!! I spent half of the 2 weeks with my bff’s mom, she retired a few years ago and now lives there. I’ve been friends with her daughter, zulay for 30 years now…she’s not only my friend but my sister, and her mom, miguela, short for miguelina is like a 2nd mom to me. She took excellent care of us. Although she’s an excellent cook, she didn’t do all the cooking for us , her nephew did, and omg he’s such a fabulous person, and an amazing cook, everything he made was beyond delicious, I know I gained weight while on vacation lol.
There was this one dish that miguela made for us, and it was this chopped salad. I know it sounds crazy that out of all the things I ate, this is the one dish that really stuck in my mind, but it’s so ridiculously simple and so delicious, I almost ate the whole bowl myself. I have no idea why I’ve never made a chopped salad before, all it is, is veggies and lettuce chopped up and tossed in a vinaigrette, but her being Dominican and as Dominicans usually do she added olives and capers to her salad, 2 things I absolutely love, but never thought of doing myself. They made all the difference in this salad, every bite was puckery and salty… yum!! If you know me than you know that if there’s anything I love more than a good pucker, it’s a salty bite. Not like you want to gag salty but salty in a way that makes you go back for more and more and more, well you get the idea lol. Its was so good, I knew I had to add it to the blog. I didn’t change her recipe much, all I did was chop up the capers and made it part of the vinaigrette and I added avocado to the salad, because, 1- I love avocados, and 2- well honestly I don’t really have a reason for adding avocados, anywhere I can throw it in, I most certainly will.
Gracias Miguela! this is now my fave salad everrrr!
Miguela’s Chopped Salad
1 head romaine lettuce, chopped or sliced into ribbons then washed and dried.
1 cup pimento stuffed olives, halved
1 red pepper, diced
1 small red onion, diced
1/2 English cucumber, diced
1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
1 tsp capers, chopped
1 garlic clove, grated
1 tsp Dominican oregano, crushed
1 lime, juiced
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp water
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
In a small bowl, add all the ingredients for the vinaigrette except the extra virgin olive oil. whisk all the ingredients together and stream in the extra virgin olive oil, whisking the entire time. set aside
In a large bowl, add all the ingredients for the salad and add as much dressing as you’d like. Toss it all together and serve. adjust seasoning if needed with salt.
To slice into ribbons, cut the head of romaine in half lengthwise, place horizontally across your cutting board and make vertical cuts along the whole head, repeat with the other half.