Raspberry Season is here! with a recipe

I have a wonderful recipe for a simple salad dressing. My daughter Rose got it from her former employer Carl at Cassano’s Italian Grocery in Spokane. The business was situated in an officially recognized historical building; it used to be Piccolo’s Italian Grocery, and before that, it housed several businesses. It felt good to me when I went there, and I’m not a “city person”.

Rose served this dressing on a crisp salad of romaine, sliced Granny Smith apples, and pomegranate seeds…luscious! Then there was the slow-cooked spaghetti gravy and pasta, and the garlic bread…mmm…

Carl’s Raspberry Vinaigrette

Mash together:1 cup fresh raspberries (frozen would probably work)

2 teaspoons sugar (or to taste)

pinch of salt


1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar, which is basically just sweetened (could use plain rice vinegar and just add a bit more sugar to taste)

1/4 cup mild flavored oil, such as sunflower

Stir together and steep at least 1 hour.

Toss with fresh romaine, apples, strawberries, or your choice of fruit. Avocado is good too, as there are any number of ways you can personalize and improvise this salad.

Cassano’s was a wonderful place to visit, and offered a nice variety of imported Italian groceries including olive oil, balsamic vinegar and pasta of course, but there was also a deli (I’m telling you, real mortadella is a sublime treat), a cafe for the regulars (good thing I live so far away, I would have become a pest there), and the Mission Bistro, where the word on the street was go for the stromboli!

a fresh romaine salad with raspberries

Did I mention that I wasn’t the only grandma at dinner that nite, oh no. That was just a prelude to the third showing of the play OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder, of course, put on by East Valley High School. It was the final showing, and our young Quinton had a part in the play. Whoaaa Bessie!

© Doreen Shababy