Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day Picnic

We recently started attending a new church in Scottsdale.  For the summer, we are meeting on Saturday evenings and since we leave home a bit early for dinner and get home a little late, we have decided to do dinner picnics right after church.  It's less expensive and much healthier than eating out!

I found this wonderful idea for packing meals in mason jars at Big Red Kitchen and decided to give it a try.  I didn't follow her recipes, but just made a layered salad that was individualized for each person.  I have a vegetarian in the bunch, so she didn't get chicken and bacon.  I have another who doesn't like bell peppers, so I left those out of his.  Etc., etc.

I think my favorite part of this meal was the salad dressing.  It was SO yummy!  Can you see it at the bottom of the jars?  I found the recipe at 100 Days of Real Food.  This recipe is definitely a keeper!  

Here it is (I doubled it and it was the perfect amount for our family of 5 with a little bit left over):

Blue Cheese Dressing:

1/4 C olive oil
2 T red wine vinegar (I used white since it was what I had on hand)
1 T blue or Roquefort cheese
1 t honey
1/2 t Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced

Whisk all ingredients together.

We ended up having a great time, even if it was a bit hot and a storm was blowing in.  There may have been a hint of grumbling about the excessive use of vegetables in the main dish, but we all ate and enjoyed (almost) every bite. 

The kids playing on the "Love" sculpture at the Scottsdale Civic Center after eating

If you were making a layered salad in jars, what would you put in it?