(Family Features) - Craving the weekend on Wednesday because you're hungry for your favorite chef-created meal? Don't wait: The distinct flavors of your favorite restaurant dishes are within reach, without dining out every night. Skip the tired take-out fare and create a tantalizing, made-fresh meal at home to enjoy tonight.
Savory meals begin with top-notch ingredients. Meats and seafood paired with fresh produce offer endless possibilities for creating restaurant-quality meals that look and taste chef-made. Try starting with a great complete salad from the produce aisle. Chef-inspired creations, like those from the Fresh Express Completes Salad line, combine gourmet seasoning blends and condiments with artisan breads and cheeses. The flavorful combinations are topped off with perfectly matched dressings that make these salads worthy of center stage on any family's table.
These top-drawer salads - fresh mixtures of greens and vegetables, paired with savory goodies like crunchy artisan bread croutons, chef-made dressings and aged cheeses - beautifully harmonize with a variety of contemporary entrées. The combination ensures a fast, flavorful and easy-to-make weeknight menu masterpiece.
"Completes" restaurant-style salads are full of special flavor touches. New "Pacifica Supreme" from Fresh Express starts with crisp spring mix with carrot strips, tender pea pods, lightly roasted soy nuts and sunflower kernels. Tossed with a poppyseed vinaigrette dressing, it's a perfect balance of sweet and savory in this Pacific Rim inspired salad. Another new offering, Mediterranean Supreme, is loaded with baby spinach, focaccia bread croutons and provolone, Parmesan and feta cheeses, dressed with a caramelized onion-kissed Dijon vinaigrette.
Paired with these or other complete salads, simple and delicious entrée ideas will make you look like the savviest cook on the block. Match a ready-to-serve complete salad with your own list of favorite "make fast" dishes. Or check out some of these ideas and recipes to make flavorful, fast entrées that make beautiful menu music with a chef-inspired complete salad from the produce section.
Culinary legend ascribes creation of the cherished classic, Caesar salad, to Italian chef Caesar Cardini, who owned a restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico in the 1920s. As the story goes, Chef Cardini found himself with just a few odd ingredients (the requisite romaine, pantry standards Worcestershire and canned anchovies, a lemon, a piece of Parmesan and stale bread) and unexpected guests he needed to serve. Truth or myth, the rest of the salad story is history. And we love variations on this classic Caesar theme - topped with grilled chicken, shrimp, bacon and other cheeses.
Check out other fresh ideas with tempting flavors for delicious lunches, dinners and snacks at www.FreshExpress.com.
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Bring a little spice to Monday night by beefing up Fresh Express Salsa Ensalada Supreme complete salad. By topping this tasty salad with seasoned beef or chicken fajita meat, you've got one flavor-packed main dish salad that rivals any restaurant dish. Indulgent hot caramel sundaes with salted nuts will seamlessly bring this menu together.