Thursday, January 27, 2011

Germany-Style Salad

 My mother-in-law was born and grew up in Wiesbaden, Germany near the Rhine River.  She moved to the U.S. when she was in her twenties, and she has lived here ever since.  She shares her German culture with our family.  One way she does this is through her amazing cooking.  She has made me a lover of German food.  This is my easier version of how she serves salad at her house.  (She cuts her own lettuce and carrots into shreds.)

Serves 4-6

*1 bag shredded iceberg lettuce
*1 small bag shredded carrots
*1 radish, sliced 
*2 packets of Knorr brand Salat Kronung Wurzige Cartenkrauter*
*2 Tablespoons sugar
*8 Tablespoons water (= to 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons)
*8 Tablespoons vegetable oil (= to 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons)

In a pourable measuring cup, whisk together the dry salad dressing packets, sugar, water, and vegetable oil.  Cover with plastic wrap, and let sit in the refrigerator for a few hours so that the flavors can blend.
When it is time to serve, place lettuce, carrots, and radishes in a large serving bowl.  Mix well.  Whisk the salad dressing again.  Let people pour their own salad dressing on top of their salads.
*Note:  My husband's aunt makes a trip to Germany every winter to visit family, and she brings back the salad dressing packets for us.  You might be able to find this at a specialty food store like Central Market or World Market or online.