Now that we're a party of four, we don't eat out as often as we used to and we are a lot more particular about the places we do frequent. One of our new favorite spots is The Luggage Room, a pizzeria in Pasadena. They serve artisinal pizzas fresh out of an olive wood burning oven in a bright, boisterious, kid-friendly atmosphere.
The pizzas, featuring fresh ingredients and some fun combinations, are so yummy, but we also enjoy the chopped salad that they serve with 'em. One night during the recent heat wave, we tried to re-create the salad we love so much.
This is our concoction. We kept the surprising combo of green olives, golden raisins, and pistachios mixed with lettuce and veggies, but we added some fresh mozzarella and a red wine vinaigrette. It fills the bill when we're craving our new fave but can't quite make it out of the house.
(If you do make this, and I hope you do, please note that there is more dressing than you'll need for the salad. Just store the rest in a jar and enjoy throughout the week.)