Amanda's Kids' Lunch

A Chunky Sweater of a Salad

By • February 20, 2014 • 14 Comments

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Every week we take a peek inside the lunches of the luckiest kids in Brooklyn. Read on, suppress your jealousy, and get a little brown bag inspiration.

Amanda's kids' lunch from Food52

My kids like salad and it's been hearty winter salad weather, so I put together a chunky sweater of a salad for them -- blanched Romanesco broccoli with its plainer broccoli cousin, tossed with an anchovy and garlic dressing and coarse breadcrumbs, with a few slices of soppressata for good measure. Bread and butter went on the side (the ultimate winter snack, no?). And blueberry yogurt, because I was out of homemade options, and you're not going to hold this against me are you AntoniaJames

What's in your lunch today? See some of the twins' past lunches

Tags: everyday cooking, lunch, brown bag lunch, salad, romanesco

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about 1 month ago kathy

Anyone who has tasted 'real' yoghurt, either homemade or 'Mtn High' for example, would know that the yogurt, greek or otherwise, that tastes as if it is full of powdered milk and sugar is a travesty.

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about 1 month ago Amanda Hesser

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This yogurt doesn't contain any sugar. The blueberry half does include some sugar but I've never found it overwhelming, like in many commercial fruit yogurts.

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about 1 month ago catherine1108

I would love the recipe for the dressing, please....

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about 1 month ago Amanda Hesser

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Oh, I sort of wing it! In a mortar and pestle, I mash up 2 anchovies and 1 small garlic clove with some salt, then I squeeze in the juice from half a lemon or some vinegar, sometimes a dab of mustard, and then olive oil to taste. Occasionally, I added chopped capers and herbs, but mostly I keep it simple. I hope this non-recipe is helpful!

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about 1 month ago catherine1108

Thank you! That is very helpful.

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22 days ago youri

Do you mind sharing what type of mortar and pestle you use? This dressing sounds delicious!

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19 days ago Amanda Hesser

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I use a ceramic one -- nothing special.

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about 1 month ago ChefJune

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That would have been so much better than what I had fro lunch today.

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about 1 month ago drbabs

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I'm laughing at your comment to AJ, and then I just noticed that the expiration date on the yogurt is 17 December 2013. I'm glad I'm not the only one! :)

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about 1 month ago Amanda Hesser

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Haha! This lunch is actually from December (I swear!) but I have definitely served up some out of date foods in my past (and will continue to in the future!).

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about 1 month ago Jara

I want to hear more about the anchovy and garlic dressing...

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about 1 month ago Amanda Hesser

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See my comment above -- I explain how I make it.

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about 1 month ago AntoniaJames

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Amanda, no, I won't hold that (or anything) against you. Life's too short, really. But you knew that . . . . ;o)

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about 1 month ago Amanda Hesser

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Aw, thank you.