This is a post for posting's sake, but nevertheless...
Salad is salad...right? WRONG!
Salad is what you make it; as boring or exciting as what you put into it. For me, the key to a great salad is contrasts: soft and crunchy, sweet and salty, chunks and shreds, base flavors and spices...
I like to add pickles to my salad, be they sweet gherkins, sweet peppers, beets, okra, mushrooms, onions... And I also like a mix of greens, especially romaine and baby spinach. Finally, my last beef with salad is that I like everything chopped up, so that it mixes well and gets equal access to the dressing. There's nothing good about having a giant leaf of iceberg with a small mushy, uncut cherry tomato and a carrot that you can't seem to get on your fork...
So go ahead, make a salad, but let go and have fun. The best thing about them is that you can put anything in; no rules, just have fun.Sweet and Savory Spinach Salad
- romaine, chopped
- baby spinach, chopped
- 2 small pickled beets, sliced thin
- 1 scallion, sliced thin
- 1 carrot, shaved
- 1/3 can Great Northern Beans
- leftover Cucumber Salad
Make a base of greens, top with beets, scallion, carrot, beans and cuke salad in that order. Pour juice from leftover cukes over salad, toss, and enjoy.
(Pair with BBQ of choice or just enjoy it on its own)