Yes. I said it. I love hate salads. Who doesn’t?
(If you were going to say “me,” don’t answer. )
I LOVE salads. Love love love. Especially good ones. Interesting ones. Salads that include ingredients that I would never consider pairing together. Like kumquats and arugula. Or roasted cauliflower with sesame seeds. Or teriyaki tofu and mixed greens. Or raw corn and tomatoes. The list goes on.
sometimes HATE making salads. They require work. Washing, cutting, (or dicing, as I prefer), assembling takes time. By the time I decide I want a salad I’m already deflated at the prospect of now having to make it. Total buzz kill.
How many other things do we have a love/hate relationship with? Or better yet, hate/love? Laundry. Gotta do it and love the clean clothing. Exercise: before and after. Large family gatherings. (You know what I mean. Love you, Mom!)
Today I made an arugula salad with diced cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, diced red pepper and topped with Trader Joes Sockeye Smoked salmon. I realize that it has more sodium than I’d ever recommend, but when I use olive oil and lemon as dressing, I make it all work. And perhaps that’s the biggest trick of all: making it work.
Ways to make salads work for you:
- Chop veggies ahead of time and keep in air tight containers.
- Wash greens in advance
- Precut protein: whether chicken or beef strips or tofu or cheese, have it ready to put on
- Invest in small dressing containers and fill them in advance
Your salad making efforts at the beginning of the week will turn your hatred of salads into love. I promise.
Happy and healthy eating,