I probably have salad about 5 times a week for lunch or dinner; I love it. It's such a broad term, and can involve almost any ingredient.
My usual ones are lettuce salads with different add-ins. I have some favorite combinations that I pull together again and again. I will try to share them with you in the coming weeks as I make them.
Favorite #1 is not a repeat. It's definitely a combo I want to document and remake, but tonight was the first time I made this.
It was born because I'm not liking the romaine lettuce I have right now. It has a slightly odd bitter taste to it. I think I will toss most of it since it's not worth eating, but I did want just a tiny bit so I used the green tops which tasted best. I love purple cabbage so I added a good fistful, more than I would normally to make up for the lack of lettuce. I chopped the last of my red onion and added that too.
I also minced some fresh oregano and mint from Mom's herb garden.
In brilliant improv style I added whatever I had that looked good:
some frozen peas and roasted corn, thawed
4 cherry tomatoes (lightly charred in a pan for a few minutes)
5 shrimp (seared in said pan with salt and pepper, little spray of olive oil so they wouldn't stick)
a few baby carrots that I roasted on Saturday
2 canned artichoke hearts (with the tops cut off since I find them tough)
a little chopped mango
the very last of a cucumber
After tossing with a little roasted walnut oil, balsamic vinegar, and salt, I added two forkfuls of feta cheese and some toasted sesame seeds. My finished product~
A good dinner, perfect for my detox day following an indulgent Saturday.
I don't do too much measuring when making salads; I eyeball it and go by taste. I use a very light hand when adding the oil and vinegar, then taste-test to see if a little more is needed. For things like feta or other fats/proteins I note the serving size and calories and then try to go with half or less without measuring.
Other ingredients I love to use:
roasted sweet potatoes with cinnamon
fresh roasted bell pepper
shredded raw carrots
red kidney beans
Until next time :-)