Thursday, May 16, 2013

Caesar Pasta and Lettuce Salad with Apple

It's an oldie but a goodie in our house. When Melis and I first started out, we found recipes that were not only interesting, but easy. We weren't into the complicated or the fussy. Just good food that peaked our interest that didn't take too much effort. And this recipe fit the bill perfectly. There is a great bookstore here in Seattle called Elliot Bay Book Company. It used to be down in Pioneer Square in a great old building with lots of little rooms and a quirky attitude. Those were the days. Roaming the "halls" one day, we stumbled across a pasta book. We don't typically buy pasta books because that was the one thing we actually knew how to cook well, but this one caught out eye. Not only did it have the traditional pasta recipes so readily found, it had strange, albeit, delicious sounding recipes that we would have never thought of on our own.The recipe today is a case in point. It takes a traditional Caesar salad and turns it into a pasta-lettuce combo and adds apples. Yes, you read that right, apples. Who would have thunk that Caesar dressing would work with fruit? It so does. The 2 of us started making this dish when we were 22. We are just a few years older now but we still reminisce and crave this salad from time to time. Give it a try. It will shock you how good and interesting and fabulous this dish is in the mouth.

Caesar Pasta and Lettuce Salad with Apple

4 oz pasta
3 cups lettuce, chopped
1 apple, diced
Caesar dressing, preferably homemade
Black Pepper
Parmesan cheese.

Cook the pasta, drain and toss with remaining ingredients. We will let you decide how much of the dressing, pepper and cheese to add! This dish is great warm, room temp or cold so take it anywhere.

Yields 2 servings.


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