The Anatomy Of A Salad

Today the what is the anatomy of a great salad question came up again and I said ya know…. I should just post it, that way in the future it’s simply a link away!

The Anatomy Of A GREAT Salad:

purchase local and organic whenever possible.

start with salad greens – iceberg doesn’t count

add additional greens or bitter:  spinach, swiss chard, arugula, amaranth, kale, beet tops ..other?

rotate this from day to day, in other words – note: spinach is not the ONLY dark leafy green available

add fresh herbs: parsley, cilantro, dill  – other?

add 3-5 different colors of veggies: tri-color peppers, beets, carrots, purple cabbage, cucumbers, celery – cauliflower or broccoli sprinkles ( chopped fine vs florets), radishes, think color and think variety – the potential is endless – rotate this from day to day

add crunch: nuts, seeds, fried noodles

add fun: artichoke hearts, sprouts, cheese, avocado

consider also adding dried or fresh fruit

a salad combo i love to make – red leaf lettuce, baby spinach leaves, rainbow swiss chard strips, cilantro, hand sectioned grapefruit, avocado, green onion, pomegranite seeds and slivered almonds  ( seriously beautiful – this seasonal around thanksgiving – refreshing too )

another is greens, arugula, parsley mandarin orange, cucumber, red pepper w/ gorgonzola cheese and toasted walnuts

i make my salad dressings – i want to avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners and additives – in the fridge i currently have a thin buttermilk based blue cheese dressing  – i use yogurt instead of sour cream and i apply very little to a salad

another version of buttermilk salad dressing has serrano pepper in it – uh YUM!!

i make an avocado dressing also

a core vinegar and oil dressing is olive oil, modena aged balsamic vinegar, ( i use a 3/2 T oil to vinegar ratio) a small bit of prepared dijon mustard, clove of garlic smashed w/ salt and pepper rubbed into the bowl…any herb that catches your fancy …the one i have now has tarragon in it !!

LOTS of recipes online. I am certainly not a salad expert but folks seem to always enjoy them!

Voila – salad!!!


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3 Responses to The Anatomy Of A Salad

  1. Cindy Eack says:

    Yum! Yum!! Add a bowl of fresh warm veg soup and a slice of whole grain bread– nothing better!!!!

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