Thursday, July 22, 2010

This Salad Will Break Your Heart

I am a bonafide salad fanatic.

I have no explanation for why or how this happened.

I do have one significant requirement - no creamy dressings. Ranch is sacrilege. Creamy Italian is dishonorable. And don't even get me started on Thousand Island.

I'm a big fan of the chopped salad. I do not appreciate bulky lettuces. A memo to the people - head lettuce is best lettuce. It is cheaper. It is healthier. It lives longer in the crisper.

For this, I used a mix of red Romaine and plain ol' fool Romaine. Diced smallish.

I grabbed the early birds from the garden, which included a couple of black cherry tomatoes that embody a very disconcerting bruised hue, but are tasty, all the same.

I also used green beans from the garden, snapped and blanched.

To round it all out, we had diced cukes and zukes from the garden, along with chopped artichoke hearts, canellini beans, pine nuts and fresh-shredded sharp cheddar. Oh, and garden beets! I forgot them until after the photo was taken, just as I sat down to dive in. Close one.

The dressing was my fave dijon balsamic vinaigrette, found here. I will never love another more. But it's true what they say - buy the good vinegar. It matters.

Yo, if this is bird food, pass the wings and bunk me in a nest.

30 comments:

  1. Nothing better than a really good salad, especially in summer. This coming from a life long, never eaten anything that had a face, vegetarian.
    Looks really GOOD! Now I'm hungry.

    Ky x

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  2. this looks delicious. after eating a bunch of junk for a couple of weeks, something healthy and clean sounds so good.

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  3. Spot on about the dressing for salads - thick,gloopy ones out of squeezy plastic bottles are the most heinous!!

    Just discovered your amazing blog, and touched by the openess and clarity of your writing. Some of your posts have reminded me that often the answers we are searching for are actually really simple, it just the living them out that I seem to complicate!x

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  4. Well, sister...I finally have to agree with you on something foodie! Creamy dressing is definitely for the birds!

    Thanks for the scoop!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  5. Some of your recipes make me super smile. I am so NOT a cook, and I don't really enjoy it... but when I see some of the things you make it inspires me to try harder! I'm off to see what I can do with this one!

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  6. This sounds delicious, and the vinaigrette wonderful and easy. Thanks for sharing the recipe here.

    FlowerLady

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  7. Yum! I will have to try this. I am always looking for new salads. And Thousand Island? Bleck!

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  8. Oh YUM!!! I wonder if I can get my family to eat this? And, hello. Ranch is for chips and salsa.

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  9. You crack me up. Seriously. I've never met a salad I didn't like!

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  10. Move over and make me a spot in that nest, lol. Practically everyday I eat a spinach salad with onions (any kind), cucumbers, tomatoes, fresh chopped basil, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, cranberries, a little sea salt, pepper, olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar. I despise creamy dressings!! Then I crumble goat cheese on top. Yummmmmm!!! I know what I am having for lunch today. LOL

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  11. This looks so great. I love a chopped salad too and prefer a vinaigrette over a creamy dressing most days. My only "creamy" weakness lately is a wedge salad with fresh tomatoes, blue cheese, and ranch. But...98% of the time I am making my own oil and vinegar concoction. Good vinegar does make a difference!

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  12. Mmmm yum! My favorite salad in the whole wide world is romaine with mozarella, sliced almonds, chopped cukes and dried cranberries with Annie's All-Natural Raspberry Vinaigrette. Yuh-uh-mee!

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  13. "Buy the good vinegar. It matters." Word to live by!

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  14. I will never eat another M&M for breakfast again. Now I'm craving a chopped salad with raspberry vinaigrette. I second what Nancy said. There's something way profound about that: 'Buy the good vinegar.'

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  15. Oh yummy! That looks soooooo good. Now off to copy that dressing:)

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  16. I LOVE SALAD! and my fave thing to add are walnuts, I chop up walnuts and any nuts really, I am just a nut! Your going to cringe, but I love ranch dressing, gotta be a good organic one though from the fridge section.

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  17. I thought of you the other day as I was making my own salad "creation". There's no better time of the year then now - garden - to be busy making salads! Hope you're enjoying your week and kiddos are doing well!

    ~Heather

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  18. Yo, yo, you like the salad gangsta!
    I'm too lazy to make my own dressing so I always get Gerrards Champaign or Italian. mmmm. So bad for me! YAY!

    I never let iceburg cross my lips.

    BEETS! You kill me, Dwight. Enough with the beets! Next post on table making right?

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  19. Oh you know what else ticks me off? the shredded lettuce people feel compelled to put into sandwiches when you order out. It's ICEBURG and it tastes like BEETS! I mean...BLEACH!
    And since it's shredded guess who takes forever to pick it all off?

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  20. Yo! This salad sounds very yummy! Did you get all these ingredients right from your garden?? Thanks for the good dressing recipe too, I'm continually on the hunt for the perfect one! :)

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  21. I absolutely cannot wait until I have space for my own garden. Fresh produce just can't be matched! We may have to try this dressing soon!

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  22. Looks fantastic. I too love "chopped" salads. I really don't like huge pieces of vegetables that I can't seem to fit into my mouth without it being messy or awkward! I finally have some beans and small tomatoes, fresh from my garden.... I'm trying this one tonight!

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  23. Looks yummy! I love chopping up my salad leaves...no wedges for me! However, I do love me some ranch dressing. Sorry...

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  24. Looks delish! Wish my tomatoes would hurry up and turn red. I think I'm going to throw together a salad for dinner tonight. Yum!

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  25. Looks and sounds delicious!

    Kelli
    xoxo

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  26. Oh that looks soooo very yummy!!!

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  27. This sounds really good... gonna try it!

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  28. uh-oh, just ate ranch today! hope you weren't squirming in your seat :) And your salads always look so YUMMY!

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  29. My word that looks divine.

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