At Chaco Canyon Cafe, we’re always looking for ways to improve and become more sustainable. Just this week, we’ve eliminated canola oil from our food (caveat: it’s still in the Wildwood Soy Creamer we carry, but you can easily avoid that). We’ve found a refillable commercial oil sprayer that we can use on our grilled items, which means less waste! No more aerosol single-use spray cans. We are now using organic safflower oil on our grills instead. Such awesome, much wow!
Take advantage of the beautiful lettuces, snap peas, and cherry tomatoes available right now at your local Farmers Market to make an amazing salad with this easy Italian vinaigrette
Easy Italian Dressing
This is a super delicious dressing you can make at home in about 5minutes.
- 3/4 cup sunflower oil
- 1/4 – 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp minced garlic (1 clove)
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
- 1/8 tsp pepper
Put all ingredients into a dressing bottle and shake well! Let sit at least 10 minutes before using, to allow the flavors to blend together. Store refrigerated.
We’re currently getting most of our lettuce from Willowood Farm. Willowood Farm of Ebey’s Prairie is a small, 4th generation farm located on Whidbey Island north of Seattle. Run by Farmer Georgie, the farm grows mixed vegetables selling to local markets, grocery stores and restaurants in the Pacific Northwest. Here is what they say about their growing practices:
While we have chosen to not pursue organic certification, we do grow to organic and natural standards. We use techniques like crop rotation, cover cropping and natural fertilizers and bug control products to grow happy, healthy veggies that are as good for you as they are tasty. Our growing season is long, running from about February through November or even longer, depending on weather.
Because Willowood is not certified organic, and for Chaco Canyon Cafe to comply with our certification, we label it as conventional. However, we are purchasing lettuce and other produce from them because they grow great stuff! We support local farmers.