Kitchen Essentials

For salads like the Antipasto (in Salad Joy) I use several jars of ingredients. 

I find that having a well-stocked pantry of jars and cans of veggies make it possible to throw together a really delicious salad or other entrée on short notice. 

Here's what I usually have in my pantry. Cans of:
Back Olives
Green Olives 
Black Beans
Water Chestnuts
Artichokes
Hearts of Palm
Bamboo Shoots
Chinese Mushrooms
Corn
Mild Chiles

A well-stocked pantry makes meal preparation so much easier and more creative

A well-stocked pantry makes meal preparation so much easier and more creative

As you know, I make most of my salad dressings from vinegar and oil, so be sure to have a variety of both on hand:
Balsamic Vinegar
Red Wine Vinegar
White Wine Vinegar
Extra Virgin Olive
Flavored Olive Oils –like lemon, lime, smoked, pepper

My favorite olive oils from Pasolivo are front and center

My favorite olive oils from Pasolivo are front and center

In addition to pantry staples, it’s good to have a few staples on hand in your freezer like:
Peas
Artichoke Hearts
Spinach
Sweet Potato Fries (great last minute side!)

Yes I admit I love to organize my pantry!

Yes I admit I love to organize my pantry!

With a well-stocked pantry and freezer you’re prepared for creating delicious salads and other main course meals – even when company comes at the last minute – effortlessly!