California Dreaming, Foodstuffs Style

The company that I work for is in Northbrook. It's not far away from the lakefront, and on nice days my coworkers and I often head down to the beach in Glencoe to have lunch. We usually stop off at Foodstuffs, a little gourmet food shop that's on the way, and I almost always get their prepackaged California Dreaming Salad. The salad is a mix of spinach with sugared walnuts, dried cranberries, edamame, tofu, blue cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. Tonight I decided to make my own version at home, and it turned out pretty well. I threw it together so no measurements, but here's what went into it:

California Dreaming Salad in Bleu

Mixed greens (I had a bag of baby lettuce mix)

Bleu Cheese (I had smoked bleu from Whole Foods, so good!)

Firm Tofu, diced

Edamame, shelled

Pecans, roasted

Red Onion, sliced

Plum Tomatoes, quartered


Balsamic Vinaigrette

Shallot, minced

Balsamic Vinegar

Olive Oil

Agave Nectar (you can use honey)

Dijon Mustard

Salt & Pepper

I had picked up a bottle of La Ferme Julien Cotes du Venoux Rose 2007 from Trader Joe's earlier this week. I liked it previously -- it may have been the 2006 -- but found it to be a bit lackluster this time around. It went well enough with the salad, though, and for a $6 wine, I can't complain.