Friday, July 4, 2008

Chicago Dog Salad


A couple of years ago I wanted to make a salad for 4th of July and came across the Chicago Dog Salad by Rachel Ray. I thought it sounding very intriguing - it's the whole hot dog, minus the bun! It turned out really good and has become a tradition to eat on the 4th of July. I had totally spaced that we eat this (thanks to my pregnancy) so at the last minute I ran to the store so we could have this for dinner. I was thinking as I was eating it tonight that this is an excellent dish to get kids to eat vegetables, because what kid doesn't like something with hot dogs in it?

CHICAGO DOG SALAD
  • 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar, eyeball it
  • 1 rounded teaspoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil (separated)
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 of a 16-ounce sack shredded cabbage blend for slaw salads
  • 1 romaine heart, shredded
  • 2 vine ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 3 large half sour or garlic pickles, chopped (I prefer regular dill)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 hot dogs, cut into 1-inch-thick slices on an angle (I like beef or turkey dogs)
In the bottom of a large bowl, combine mustard, vinegar, sugar, and about 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add the onions, cabbage, romaine, tomatoes, and pickles and toss the salad. Season with salt and pepper, adjust seasonings, and reserve.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add in remaining 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (1 turn of the pan) then arrange the sliced dogs in a single layer. Sear them a couple of minutes on each side. Remove to paper towels to drain.

Mound up the salad on plates, top with seared dogs, and serve.

2 comments:

Cris, Jon, Austin and Ethan said...

Man, Lisa! You make even hot dogs look de-lish! I love going to your blog for recipes!

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