I like salads - A LOT! I love fresh ingredients. That is not always possible, especially in the winter and especially when many of us aren't out shopping and gardens aren't growing yet.
A salad doesn't have to be lettuce and tomatoes - it can be anything.
I know many times I list on my menus that I had a side salad - it may not be what you all think. I mix all kinds of things together - whatever I have.
We all are used to salads with lettuces and tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers. Think outside the box.
Sometimes I have bite size pieces of fresh carrots (I always have carrots on hand) with olives and a little onion. Maybe cabbage cut up or shredded with some carrot and bell pepper added and a little dressing. Fresh asparagus is a favorite to be added to other veggies.
Think about cabbage, bell peppers, onions, fresh broccoli or cauliflower, chopped brussel sprouts, fresh asparagus, zucchini or yellow squash or drained canned garbanzo beans.
Top with croutons or chunks of roasted corn bread. Mix fresh and roasted veggies.
Think about making potato salad or egg salad - you can always serve over some fresh veggies if desired. Bean salad is favorite of mine. Broccoli salad, pea salad, corn salad...………...
There is absolutely no right or wrong when it comes to salad.
Add veggies or fruit to pasta, orzo or rice. Throw on a bit of dressing and YUM!
In the summer when I have fresh goodies on hand - some of my favorites are the basic cucumbers and onions with vinegar/sugar dressing. Tomatoes, cucumber/zucchini and chopped onions in Italian dressing. I often interchange cucumber for zucchini. Sweet onions, green onions, chives are all interchangeable.
Add fresh herbs that you have on hand.
Learn about edible 'weeds'. There are so many greens growing in our yards that are actually very good for you. (Make sure you research).
So the next time someone says "I had salad" - don't always think it was just lettuce!
Have fun and mix it up and enjoy a new SALAD!