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   Posted 8/4/2009 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
During the summer I love salads. They are refreshing and light when it's hot but they taste so much better if someone else makes them. I have no idea why...they just do. I guess my favorite way it enjoy salad is to go to a restaurant that has a salad bar. The one I like also has all of the goodies to make tacos plus pizza and chicken. Oh, and the cheese bread is awesome! When you go to a salad bar what foods to you take?

I start with a small pile of romaine lettuce...sorta do the Caesar salad deal. Pile on some grated Parmesan while it's near by. Then on goes the goods.... raw cauliflower, red onions, lots of olives, maybe some cubed ham, grated cheese of course, shredded carrots, cherry tomatoes, avocado if they have it, maybe chopped hard boiled egg and top it all with a pile of crunchy croutons...that should do. I sometimes take my own dressing which is a fat free Caesar otherwise I use theirs lightly. Some sort of bread is a must...either the cheese bread or their soft bread sticks. Yumm-O!

What does your salad look like?
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Post Edited (Chutz) : 8/3/2009 11:29:26 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/4/2009 1:58 AM (GMT -6)   
~whimpers~ Salad...salad...bad...soooooo good...but soooooo bad for me.

I used to make a salad from the salad bar with regular lettuce blend on the bottom. Red onions, tons of black olives, shredded cheese, some of the pasta salad on the side of it, shredded carrots, maybe dill pickles sliced if they had it, and top it with cottage cheese before pouring French dressing on it. And I kinda liked it sweet so it may or may not have had a bit too much dressing. LOL. Of course cheese bread as well or a good garlic toast. Maybe some bacon, maybe some garbanzo beans on the side (only like a few here and there) but no croutons since they always go soggy and no tomatoes or cucumbers or ham or hard-boiled eggs. I dunno why...just always was the way I liked it LOL. If not French dressing then a good Italian that wasn't clear...but thick and zesty looking. Never Ranch for me. And save me from that awful bleu cheese stuff.

OR, a pure and simple Caesar salad from heaven. Romaine lettuce-all crispy, great big curls of Parmesan cheese (not shredded here), and JUST the right amount of Caesar dressing...which is topped off with super light and crunchy croutons.

OR, since its a huge salad bar...taco salad. Need I say more? No guacamole and no jalapeno's, TONS of everything else including sour cream...yummmy...so hungry.

I really miss salad. ~pout pout pouty face~ I used to eat it every day for lunch and now I can't eat lettuce like that anymore. Stupid Crohns...I cheat a bit here and there...did last night LOL.
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   Posted 8/4/2009 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   

Salad is my specialty.  I buy Romaine hearts, red leaf and artisian lettuce.  I layer my salad so the veggies are everywhere!

Layer the Lettuce 1st, followed by radishes, (Pickling)cucumbers (they are so sweet), carrots sliced thin, green onion, red, yellow, orange peppers, celery, tomato then onto layer 2 do the same...by the end its a beauty crispy, cold and refreshing!  Last minute add croutons!  Sometimes Bleu Cheese Crumbles.  My favorite dressinng is simple Olive oil and Fresh Lemon mmmmmm, my husband loves  Creamy Bleu Cheese!!



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   Posted 8/4/2009 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you kidding? I have ulcerative colitis, and even though I'm in remission I can't load up at a salad bar! I'm actually thrilled to be able to eat a small dinner salad now.
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   Posted 8/4/2009 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I start with the light green crisp lettuce, then tomato's and lots of them, cucumbers, hard boiled eggs, a lil bacon, some ham, and I know this sounds weird
but I like peas on my salad, maybe a few parmasan croutons and I like thousand island dressing but on the side usually....
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   Posted 8/4/2009 6:10 PM (GMT -6)   
What does your salad look like?
    Dear Chutz,
     I would love to say we have XXX salad and it is delicious! But, alas it is whatever is in the fridge. Standard lettuce tomato cheese and carrots or onions which ever one isnt already processed into freezer stroage.  :-)   Nothin fancy im afraid :-)
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   Posted 8/4/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok You got me now!!!!!! I LOVE SALADS I eat any kind all the time anytime. I love Ruby Tuesdays salad bar... I eat salad everyday. At work we have a vending maching that only has healthy foods (the rest are junk) and I always rotate between caeser salad and chef salad. I do do the santa fe salad on occasions.

Boy are you making my hungery I didn't get my salad this morning they were out!!!!!!

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   Posted 8/4/2009 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
You know I loved salads for a long time. I'd make a dinner plate size salad for myself most every night, but it would be a much simpler version of Patti's, as I try to keep it healthy. It was one way I kept weight off for many years. Mine was a combination of green and red leaf, with cut up cheese pieces (preferably extra sharp white cheddar), fresh tomatos if available (or the best I can do when it's winter!), and maybe a few others things like mushrooms, onions....wish mind was as healthy as Patti's! But then I drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil, and add balsamic vinegar and toss lightly. On top I usually sprinkle some fresh grated pecorino romano cheese, and add a few croutons and that's it!

It feels like something happened to my appetite after my back surgery, and I almost stopped eating salads completely. And a number of other things I loved that kept weight off. Started eating way too much junk food. And now I've ended up with serious GI track issues so I have to take care of that and acidic foods like tomatoes are out.

In the summer I would make a tomato and onion salad with lots of vinegar (marinate the onions in vinegar for awhile first) then add tomatos, a little salt, a little EV olive oil, oregano and toss. Not too much acid in that, right? LOL


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   Posted 8/4/2009 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Salads, well you put lots of bacon in it, some sliced hard boiled eggs, maybe some diced up ham,  some grated cheese, at least 3 or 4 different varieties, the more cheese the better, maybe some cut up little smokie sausages,  possibly some rasins and sunflower seeds, some nuts, maybe some chicken strips and lots of  good thin strips of steak,( Put lots of good steak in it!)  add lots of nice  med. size  shrimp,  and loads of black olives, and fair amout  of croutons, some thin sliced sweet red onions,  oh and maybe some sliced tomatoes, or the little cherry ones,  that should about do it! You could add a little cauliflower if you want and put what ever type of salad dressing you want on it! If you have the money you may  like to add some crap leg meat or lobster meat!  Yep I think that should about do it!  I can't think of anything else! smilewinkgrin
Oh by the way, if you think I forgot the lettuce and other veggies?  I did not forget them!Because that really would make it a SALAD!  and of course everyone knows that  Salad  is for RABBITS  and NOT for PEOPLE!! yeah yeah yeah
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PALady the Tomato and  Onion sounds good,  but lettuse belongs on BLT's

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Post Edited (White Beard) : 8/4/2009 9:25:58 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/4/2009 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I love salad. Not long ago I made a pasta salad. I used the elbow macoroni, green onions, bell pepper, celery, eggs, pickle relish, ham, chunks of cheese, mayo, honey mustard, Tonys, salt and pepper. It was wonderful.

I also love Taco Salad. Ofcourse the taco meat, letuce, tomatoe, black olives, onions, lots of shredded cheese, sour cream, chrunched up chips, picante' sauce.That is always a fmaily favorite.

Now for a "regular salad". I like a variety of the green letuce, baby spinich, cucumbers, tomatoes, ham or turkey, chunks of cheese, brocolli, radishes,bell pepper, eggs, sunflower seeds, croutons with ranch dressing.

I love salad. It used to be a favorite when I was working. Across the street at the hosp. they had an excellent salad bar. Everyone always says my salads look betther than theirs!!

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   Posted 8/4/2009 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Mmmmm, I love salads. I can't eat them at school, though, unless I buy the ingredients from the grocery store! sad For whatever reason, I am allergic to something they put on the raw veggies (preservative, I think).

My favorite salads are: 1) baby spinach & greens, goat cheese, candied walnuts, dried cranberries & balsamic vinaigrette
2) romaine lettuce, baby spinach & greens, cilantro, bell peppers (especially the red ones), carrots, red onion, fresh tomatoes, and either oil & vinegar, balsamic, or this special house dressing made, bottled & sold by one of the local restaurants. Yum, yum!

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