August: Potlucks!

August Theme: Potlucks. What do you take with you?

Friday, November 21, 2008

Chicago Dog Salad

from Cast Sugar

Oh my goodness, this is was such a fun salad to eat. So much flavor and so different than the every night typical dinner fare. I don't know how many of you are hot dog fans, but I am a HUGE hot dog fan. I love mine with all the fixings, always with pickles and tomatoes and mustard. Anyways, if the recipe sounds remotely good to you and you are as well a fellow hot dog fan, then you must try this!

1/4 c. yellow mustard
2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
1 rounded tsp. granulated sugar
4 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
16 oz. shredded cabbage
1 heart of romaine lettuce, shredded
2 vine-ripe tomatoes, diced
Sliced jalapenos or sport peppers (optional)
3 large pickles, chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper
8 turkey hot dogs, cut into 1-inch slices on an angle
Celery salt

In a large bowl, combine the mustard, vinegar, sugar and 3 tablespoons of the oil. Add the onion, cabbage, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos (optional), and pickles. Toss well. Season the salad with pepper and a pinch of salt (more to come at the end, so go easy on it). Taste, adjust the seasonings and put aside.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, then arrange the sliced dogs in a single layer. Sear them for a couple of minutes on each side, turning with tongs.

Mound the salad on plates and top with the seared dogs. Sprinkle with celery salt. Serve.

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