Yield: Makes 4-6 servings
1 whole spaghetti squash
1 cup pesto
1 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place squash onto a baking sheet and pierce with a paring knife. Roast it for 45 minutes, until it is very soft. When it’s cool enough to handle, cut it in half and scoop out the spaghetti-like flesh. Place in a large bowl and add the pesto, sun dried tomatoes, parsley, vinegar and olive oil. Toss well and season with salt and pepper.
It’s easy to make your own personalized salad dressings. The basic ratio of sour, sweet and oil is easily modified and infinitely variable. This recipe makes enough for several salads because it’s just as easy to make a lot as a little and, once you taste your own dressings, you won’t be able to get enough.
This classic salad has come a long way because its 1924 invention by Caesar Cardini at his Tijuana restaurant. It’s now found on virtually every menu in the country at home and in restaurants. Because there are as many ways to make it as there are cooks, I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about authenticity, just flavour. My version includes the wonderfully aromatic addition of whole basil leaves.