Friday, April 29, 2011

Green Salad

Hmmmm. Is it worthy of a whole post? Yes, yes it is. It's often the best thing I eat in a day, and along with the obvious health benefits, it lessens macaroni-and-cheese guilt, pizza guilt and even some forms of non-food-related guilt. It's raw, fresh and full of whole ingredients. What's not to like? Well, some people recoil from the preparation, but they need to just get over it. Really. It's plenty easy to rinse and tear some lettuce, chop a few vegetables and mix it around with some oil and vinegar. Five minutes.  

My Everyday Dinner Salad originates from my parents' dinner table:

1. Romaine and/or leaf lettuce, rinsed and torn.
2. Cucumber, sliced.
3. Cherry or grape tomatoes.
4. Diced bell pepper.

Dressing: equal parts red wine or balsamic vinegar and olive oil (maybe slightly less vinegar) and a squirt of whatever mustard you have in the fridge.

Make it interesting:
1. Add feta cheese and kalamata olives.
2. Add parmesan cheese and artichoke hearts.
3. Add gorgonzola (or any kind of blue cheese), pears and walnuts (best with balsamic).

Next post: Junk Food Salad

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