Friday, June 13th, 2014

Ingredients for the perfect salad



If you’ve ever had daily access to a salad bar, you probably know what items you prefer in your salad.

While I might not be able to remember what I put in my salads 20+ years ago when I worked in a mall next to a grocery store, for some strange reason, I am able to recall that my friend Lisa’s salads always contained baby spinach, shredded carrots, imitation crab, and peas.

These days, I make myself a big salad several times a week and this is the combination that makes me the happiest:

  • Chopped romaine lettuce or another dark green lettuce.
  • Chopped scallions
  • Pieces of cheese: typically sliced American (I prefer Clearfield brand)
  • 1 Gala apple, peeled, sectioned & chopped.
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Newman’s Balsamic dressing
  • A sprinkle of nutritional yeast flakes
  • A pinch of coarse salt

Sometimes I’ll add in a few “extras” in the form of avocado, chopped ham or chopped cucumber. Tomatoes only if they are local & in season. (I can’t do the plastic hothouse type.)

If all I have is lettuce and dressing, I can do that- but for me, it’s the scallions that really make the salad.

How about you? What are your favorite salad ingredients?

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