Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Salad Class!

Eric's company (Palco Sports) is doing a month-long health and wellness challenge - awesome!

Some people want to start an exercise program, others are trying to lose weight, some just want to eat better and feel better.

Good man that he is, Eric suggested using some of my blog recipes for ideas, and has readily and enthusiastically promoted the Sassy Family as a resource.  I like him.

Yesterday, I went to the office and taught a short class on "How to Make Healthy Salads and Dressings."

We know that most people do not read food labels, or know what the words mean; and we know that most people don't make the leap from "this is not healthy" to "I can learn to make my own."

That's where Sassy comes in!  It was so fun to be in front of a group of people who were interested in making the leap.  And it was fun to debunk some of the myths about fat and calories and ingredients.

Prep table full of ingredients, plus a basket of bread for tasting the dressings.  We poured a little of each on a plate and people could dip and taste.  Much better than a spoon or boring lettuce leaf.  Wait, lettuce isn't boring, it's healthy!  Whoops.

We made Poppyseed, Ranch, Blue Cheese and a classic Vinaigrette.  Mixed and shook them up in handy jars, four dressings done in less than 15 minutes.  I used fresh herbs, garlic and onion, good oils, real salt, honey, and all sorts of yummy full fat happy things.

Oh look, there's Sassy!  Without a hair net or commercial license, just sharing knowledge and excitement with a group of nice people.  And full fat mayo.  Mmmmmm.  Those little Kraft dressing bottles?  Proving a point about reading labels.

I would LOVE to do this again.  I've done a few informal things in my home about basic bread baking, nutrition facts, soup basics, making herbal concoctions, etc.  But I'd love to do more and plan to look into making it happen.

If you ever want to show up in my kitchen, or have me show up in yours, we could have all sorts of fun.  I love to teach.  And I love to learn from others.  And I love when someone else cleans up the mess.

( In case you are interested, here's the dressing recipes!  )

Oh, and we made a yummy Spinach-Strawberry-Chicken-Toasted Pecan-Red Onion salad for the Poppyseed Dressing.  And had regular romaine and various veggies to enjoy the other dressings.


  1. very cool work.

  2. I do want you to show up in my kitchen. Yes, I do.

  3. Let me know if you get some cooking classes going! I would be there with bells on.