When I found out that I was going to get to go to New York and meet Tyler Florence, I was floored. Not only was I going to meet him but I was going to learn how to make some great salads. I am sharing 3 salad recipes from there today. I have to admit for a foodie like me who lives here in Utah, it was a once in a lifetime chance! It was a quick trip. I just took a plane to New York, arrived about 1 1/2 hours before the event, went to the event, went back to the hotel, went to bed, woke up, and hopped on a plane back home. For me it was well worth it.
The event was held at the Rustico Cooking School and was hosted by Wish-Bone Dressing. The event had a fun title. They called it “Live from New York It’s Salad Night.” The whole even was so fun. The best part had to be when Tyler taught us how to make 3 fantastic salads.
It felt like we were all just hanging out with Tyler in his home watching him cook. He gave us a lot of fun tips too. My favorite tip was with the first salad – Arugula, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, & Bocconcini Salad. I have never tasted or made roasted tomatoes before, but let me tell you it’s the way to go. I never would have thought to roast tomatoes and put them in a salad. Well, I will be now. The flavor that the tomato gets is fabulous. I have some video of it. Check it out. There is another tip in the video about fresh herbs!
Next, he showed us a Grilled Tuna, Arugula, Fennel, Black-Eyed Peas and Tomato Salad. Now you can use canned tuna in place of the tuna steaks, but the tuna steak was awesome. I also never would have thought to put black-eyed peas and tuna in a salad but it worked.
The last salad – Grilled Italian Chicken Salad with Romaine Spears and Red Peppers – was my favorite. So much fun stuff with this one plus it tasted fabulous. First fun tip with this one was, you marinate the chicken in Italian dressing and grill it. Then after it is grilled, you douse it with some more dressing which gives you a very flavorful and moist chicken.
Another great tip was grilling lemons for this salad. The grilled lemon flavor is even better than regular fresh lemon juice. YUM! Then you top this salad with bread crumbs. Now these aren’t your regular bread crumbs. They are GREEN bread crumbs. They turn green when you put them in the food processor with parsley and lemon juice. Then you toast them in the oven before putting them on the salad! YUM, YUM!!!!! Then this salad also had roasted red pepper which is a fav of mine.
As you can see, it was just an awesome thing to attend. Tomorrow I will share the other dishes that we ate that night – a yummy pasta dish and tasty dessert! So make sure to stop back tomorrow. I also got a great gift back at the event and the people from Wish-Bone have been nice enough to give me one to give to one of you lucky people!
The gift bag includes a signed Tyler Florence cookbook, a great salad container, salad tongs, two bottles of dressing and an apron. The retail value is around $45. I had to leave my dressing in New York. Since I only took a carry on the salad dressing wouldn’t pass the 3 oz. TSA requirement! 🙁 Oh well, but you will get yours at your door. So you have until Friday May 7 at 10 pm (MST) to enter and all you have to do is leave a comment on this post as to which salad sounds the best to you.
I also learn that Wish-Bone dressings not only add delicious flavor, but oils like those in Wish-Bone help the body better absorb Vitamins A & E from salads, as compared to salad without dressing. So these salads are even better for you!