I love leeks! They look like large green onions or scallions with thicker stalks, but their taste is much much milder. The thing about leeks that can be daunting is that they are sandy and dirty (that is where they grow) and are a pain in the neck to clean. But, I have discovered something – frozen leeks from Trader Joe’s. You can buy them in the freezer section in a bag and are just perfect for adding to soups and stews, which is why I primarily use leeks. They just seem to melt in the broth and create this beautiful flavor.
One of my dearest and oldest friends, Ashley Smith, happens to have an arsenal of salad recipe’s beyond compare. Whenever she comes over for supper, I always ask her to bring one of her fabulous salads. This one, which I have named “Ashley’s Salad”, has become one of my all time favorites to serve as a side to a light or vegetarian main dish. It is always a hit, even with the pickiest eaters. The sweet, light dressing is the perfect accent to the crunchy almonds, creamy swiss cheese, salty bacon, spicy onion and the crispy lettuce. This salad has also been tagged – “Bacon Salad”! Try serving this at your next dinner party, family gathering or casual night in. It is sure to be a keeper. Enjoy!