simple salad with grilled portabello and balsamic dijon vinaigrette

{recipe adapted via annies eats}

when i first read annie's post about this salad i knew it was something i wanted to try so i grabbed some portabello mushrooms at my last trip to the store and then i sort of forgot about them.  when i finally noticed the mushrooms again i knew i needed to use them up right away so this became my lunch.  fancy, right?  i know, i spoil myself.

when the making began, it became quickly apparent that i was lacking many of the necessary ingredients to complete the recipe as is so i had to improvise to make my own version.

first, i marinated the mushrooms by lightly drizzling olive oil over the mushrooms and then spreading it around to cover the mushrooms completely (using my hands).  then i did the same with balsamic vinegar until the mushrooms were well coated.  i'd say i used a 1:2 ratio of oil and vinegar.  

while the mushrooms were soaking up the marinade i made the salad dressing.  

balsamic dijon vinaigrette
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup (scant*) olive oil
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp kosher salt
pinch of black pepper

combine.  i used a small mason jar by screwing the lid on tight and shaking the heck out of that jar.  the heck out of it, i say!  *i like a higher ratio of vinegar to oil so scant was probably a tablespoon shy of a 1/2 cup.

once the dressing was ready i grilled the mushrooms on the stove top for about 6 minutes per side over just above medium heat.

the warm mushrooms were perfect on the bed of greens with shaved parmesan.  yum. yum. yum.

we had some chicken leftover from my bday dinner that made this lunch a complete meal.  go me!

dressing yields approximately 10 - 2 tbsp servings

Nutrition Facts
balsamic dijon vinaigrette
Serving Size: 1 serving
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat9.8g
      Saturated Fat1.4g
      Trans Fat0g
      Dietary Fiber0g
Vitamin A 0%Vitamin C 0%
Calcium    0%Iron 3%


The Hungry Runner Girl said...

I NEED THAT RIGHT NOW!!! You seriously make the BEST THINGS. Come cook for me!! GREAT JOB on your treadmill long run, you are amazing and this weather is killing me too!!!

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

Your photos are beautiful--I'm getting ready for bed but they are making me hungry. Loved your "My week in meals" post--so interesting to see everything at once like that. :)

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