Great article, and ADGIRL below had a great suggestion. My problem is buying all the "extras" because I buy too much and they end up going bad for just 1 - 2 people. i like the idea and convenience of buying things from the salad bar. I am trying that next time!
2/27/2014 11:41:50 AM
I have salads at least 5 times a week and I am never hungry, or constipated and the homemade dressings are limitless; oil and vinegar are a staple but add nuts in a food processer, or orange juice (fresh), apple, carrot, lemon, ginger, avocado (remarkable guac salad dressing.) I have fun with my blender, juicer and food processer everyday.
I love salads but sadly have a problem eating them in the winter months. I love this article because it gave me some ideas of how to keep from being hungry an hour after I eat by dressing with healthy protein packed things I love (like Hummus) which I had never thought about for salads before but is going to be my new salad staple, less stinky than boiled eggs at work. Love sunflower seeds in my salads but only when I am at restaurant but am going to incorporate as well. I am happy I don't like so much salad dressing like I used to and I don't really like pre-bottled, I make my own. Got a great Salad Dressing Recipe from Trisha Yearwood's show on TV Food Network (Olive Oil, Red Wine Vinegar, Chopped Garlic Cloves, Salt & Pepper) I don't have the precise measurements but I make equal parts and love that the Garlic Cloves can't come out through the spout of my salad dressing Cruet so its a very flavorful dressing. Just enough to coat the greens.
I LOVE my salads. Tips for the people who said it gets really expensive buying all the extras for salads...if you are just getting the produce for one or two people and like lots of variety, try going to one of the salad bar buffets or the salad bars at your local grocery store and filling up your container with all the extras. They usually charge by the pound so put the stuff in there that are the pricier items...such as your cauliflower, broccoli, seeds/nuts, zucchini, etc. Buy your own lettuce and carrots and celery since those are typically cheaper salad ingredients and you can eat the carrots and celery as snacks with hummus you get from the salad bar! Also when you like dressing but don't want to go overboard (I like my full fat ranch and my olive garden italian), measure out the amount but use kitchen tongs to toss everything together in a big bowl. Tossing really does ensure you get dressing on every bite and I find I can always use much less dressing than if I just pour it on my salad and don't toss well. Happy eating!
A very long time ago, while at college, I used to have the cook put the spaghetti sauce over my lettuce salad, partly because the pasta (which I love normally) was not that tasty and the salad itself was nothing to write home about, but together it wasn't half bad and cut bunches of calories. I also didn't care much for their salad dressings so I found this a winner for me.
Maybe this will bring me back to making salads again. I got really scared reading about the contaminated bagged salads, and putting my own salads together was out of this world expensive. For some reason produce is crazy expensive here. I dreamily recall the days when I used to dig in to salads every day.
I never was a huge salad dressing person, though I would eat a bit. But now I just drizzle a bit of olive oil and some vinegar on, or I put salsa on salad. Lemon or lime works for me too. For eating out, I always just ask for oil and vinegar and the restaurant almost always has it.
7/4/2013 8:42:56 PM
I was out of salad dressing the other day, so I added low fat cottage cheese. I didn't even miss the dressing. Now when I add dressing I drizzle about a teaspoon on, just enough for taste, not to hide the delicious veggies.
Here is another good one from a food trailer here in town...olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard, minced garlic. I had it over a Kale salad...that consist of chopped up kale & purple cabbage, apple slices, avocado, chicken, sunflower seeds & topped w/ a little Asiago cheese (use a fine shaver like for cinnamon). It was sooo good! I also just had a great salad for lunch with salad greens, purple cabbage, carrots (matchstix), sliced strawberries, feta cheese, blueberries & chicken. It was sooooo good...w/ any type of light dressing.
The reason for salad dressing (with it's fat content) on salad is that the body needs fat in order to metabolize all the nutrients of the vegetables. So I usually try to mix a little olive oil with something interesting, balsamic vinegar, spicy brown mustard, etc
My friend from mexico made this for me awhile back and it was yummy. Take an avocado, 1 tbsp milk and a jalopeno pepper (for flavor) blend till creamy. You can adjust it to the thickness and spiciness you like.
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