If there is one thing my mother is known for, its her fabulous salads. They aren't busy they are simple, fresh and wonderful. Really as we were growing up we had a salad with just about every meal. In fact I have to give myself permission not to serve salad every day. But when I do (which is a lot - apple doesn't fall far from the tree) I use this recipe for dressing the most! My mother's typical salad would be a mix of greens, sliced hearts of palm, cherry tomatoes, green onion and some type of cheese: parmesean, feta, blue. They all work. She is also a pro at taking about any leftover and working it into a noon time salad. Left over pasta, roast, chicken - really anything goes. We call it her kitchen sink salad. SO here's to you mom and your wonderful salads!
1 cup canola oil
1/2 - 3/4 white wine vinegar
4 -5 cloves garlic crushed and finely diced
salt - 1/2 tsp or more
pepper - fresh ground
shake and let sit. shake again before serving. enjoy!