Every once in a while, my sweetheart and I come down with matching headaches. We're both employed in jobs that we love, jobs that fuel both our creative passions and keep the roof of our beloved 1970s mini ranch house (someday, I've got to post a house tour of our nest....one day, when I can get all the cooking debris and dog toys and power tools cleared away simultaneously) over our heads. But still, headaches happen in even the best of jobs and circumstances. On those days, my one and only sometimes calls me from the road and asks warily, 'Sooooo.....do you want to have crappy pizza tonight and not actually cook anything?'
This is just to say, crappy-wonderful pizza happens from time to time, even in the supposedly glamorous culinary life of a food stylist. It's real, it's honest, it's covered in unidentifiable cheese and dubious bell peppers, and man, I kind of love it. Tonight, we'll be having bad pizza and great wine, and sitting on the couch watching a music competition show whose name I won't reveal. We'll get back to your regularly scheduled kale salads any moment now. This one below is a particularly good one, full of earthy, autumnal flavor in the form of a sweet-tart white miso and apple cider vinegar dressing. If you're not having one of those headache days yourself, this is exactly what I suggest you make for dinner.
But if you are?
Then I and my raised slice of utilitarian pizza salute you, and wish you better days (full of delicious, flavor-packed kale salads) ahead.
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup white miso paste
2 teaspoons honey
2 tablespoons minced shallot
salt & pepper, to taste