Salads, Salads, Salads!

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   Posted 5/17/2010 3:48 PM (GMT -6)   
So many folks think of salad as a few pieces of iceburg lettuce, some sliced cukes and a tomato wedge. Just wanted to share a few thoughts about thinking outside the box with salads.....

- Bean salad (cut green & yellow, kidney, lima, green pepper, red onion and vinaigrette dressing is my fave!)
- Broccoli & carrot with shredded cheddar
- Cauliflower, sun dried tomatoes, olives, and capers in olive oil & lemon dressing
- Asian - sliced snap peas, shredded carrot, soy beans, sunflower & sesame seeds in spicy peanut dressing
- Cabbage & carrot (think coleslaw)

Most of my "green" salads are more like veggie bowls: romaine, topped with spinach, topped with shredded cabbage (slaw right outta the bag has carrot in it). Then come the veggies: cukes, radishes, peppers, green onion. Toppings are: avocado, tomato, sunflower seeds, bacon bits and sometimes a few croutons. Italian is still my favourite dressing :-)

Add some chicken, fish, pork, or beef to most of the above and you've got a complete meal (bean salad is a meal in itself :-)

Got some more ideas??

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   Posted 5/17/2010 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
☼ Veggie Bowl.  I like that!  As I wrote in Jeannie's post, I've started eating raw broccoli and cauliflower florets as my vegetable/salad.  Most times I just eat them "as is".  Also on the table and part of the veggie bowl are slices of those small cucumbers and/or radishes.
☼ From the herb garden I clip: basil, mint, cilantro, parsley, chives, dill, lemon balm and tarragon.  These are mixed with baby spinach and eaten fresh along with the meal, not always mixed in a salad with dressing.  It's spring and we planted all these herbs and more in pots.  Pots can be moved around outside and it's neat having so many different pots with herbs.  Some are combined: majoram with oregano, two different kinds of thyme, etc.  If you have limited space for a garden or live in a high-rise, pots are really useful.
☼ Marinated bean salad: garbanzo beans, northern beans and pinto beans in olive oil and lemon juice or vinegar with any or all of the herbs we have.  It becomes a leafy bean salad.
☼ Edamame: soy beans alone or in their pods boiled in salted water for a few minutes.  Good as an appetizer or veggie salad.
☼ Sun dried tomatoes - best price I've found is at Costco.  They have a large bag of dried tomatoes for a reasonable price.  They are not in oil.  We keep the bag in the freezer and just use what we want whenever...
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