sweet and savory salad dressing

another one of my favorite salads! easy. crowd-pleasing. inexpensive. delicious. what more could you ask for?! this salad dressing goes perfectly with feta cheese (our favorite) or a little sharp cheddar. it’s a simple base for whatever fixings you desire! i also added about 4 chopped scallions before serving. it was perfectly paired tonight with a simple, roasted lemon-garlic chicken. (recipe below)

roasted lemon-garlic chicken:

1 roasting chicken (cost = $6.00)
1 stick of butter (i prefer trader joe’s)
6 cloves of garlic (3 minced, 3 whole)
1 sweet onion (peeled & quartered)
2 carrots (peeled & chopped)
1 lemon (quartered & seeded)
1 32 oz carton of chicken stock (i also prefer tj’s organic)

*remove bag of ‘ickies’ from the center of the chicken (you know, like the neck…)

*rinse your chicken with cold water and pat dry (i like to have a large plate with paper towels ready and nearby. if you bathe small children, this will be a piece of cake…ha!)

*add 3 minced cloves of garlic, salt, and pepper to your softened butter and combine well.

*place half of both the onion and lemon inside the well of the chicken along with the three whole garlic cloves and about half of your butter mixture.

*rub the exterior of the bird down with the rest of the butter. give that chickie a spa day!

*pour the 32 oz carton of stock into your pan and add the remaining lemon, onion and carrots.

*place in the oven, pre-heated to 325 degrees, and roast for about 3-4 hrs. halfway through, spoon broth over the entire bird and return to the oven.  check internal temp. using meat thermometer {here’s how}.

i will be reserving the broth for both butternut squash soup {recipe here} and italian wedding soup. i will be using whatever chicken we don’t eat this evening in a chicken pot pie later on in the week as well. one night of roasting goes a long way!

here’s a peek at what happened after mama recorded her video:

*note: the children were never left unattended during their mini-adventure on the kitchen island. ๐Ÿ™‚

ava and isla decided to play ‘cooking show’ and my delicious dressing was doused with an extra 1/2 c. of olive oil.  i don’t recommend it…  we ate it anyway and remarked throughout the meal how well the girls can make a salad.  they beamed, of course.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

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