mamma's last of summer salad


There are three reasons why I like to cook: my mother, my father, and my love of eating. My parents are two of the best chefs I know. Eating well is never a problem whether you're at their house or even just within their presence. 

Last time I was home my mom put this salad together for lunch. It's healthy ingredients - beats, shrimp, artichokes, olives, heart of palm, and arugula - are brightened by a lemony mint vinaigrette  I told you, the woman knows what she's doing.

Ingredients (serves 3):
6oz shrimp - peeled, deveined, and cooked
1 cup pitted kalamata olives
3/4 cup pickled beets
3/4 cup pickled artichokes
1.5 cup arugula
3 heart of palm stalks
salt & pepper

1/2 cup chopped mint
1 cup olive oil
juice from 1/2 lemon

1. Blend together dressing ingredients.
2. Lay out a bed of arugula on each plate. Place other ingredients on top one by one, circling around the plate.
3. Drizzle with dressing, salt and pepper.

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