Steve and I eat salad for dinner at least once a week and I don't mean a small salad next to our main dish. We eat SALAD for dinner. Big lucious fancy dinner salads like you buy at restaurants. We love salad around here and have found its pretty easy to come up with different delicious variations. Lettuce is kind of a blank canvas afterall.
Here are some of our favorite variations... All of them start with a big pile of your favorite lettuce, some kind of protein and lots of other exciting toppings you love! Combined together you get a big bowl full of exciting texture flavor and fun!
Make seasoned ground beef like you would for tacos.
Add tortilla chips, olives, chopped tomatoes, canned kidney,black or pinto beans, chopped cilanto, green onion, grated cheese, you could even SPICE it up with some jalapeno slices.
Dress with salsa, sour cream, guacamole... whatever you like we like 1000 island.
Chinese Chicken Salad: (pictured)
Grilled or shredded Chicken
Add Cucumber, mandarin oranges, thinly sliced red onion(I use my potato peeler)or chopped green onion, broccoli florets, beans sprouts, bell pepper, shredded carrots, chow mein noodles and almond slivers
Dress with a bottled toasted sesame salad dressing you like.
Italian Steak salad:
I buy a small inexpensive steak marinate it in some balsamic viniagrette and grill it on my counter top grill. Once cooked I slice it thin and toss it in the salad
Add cherry tomato, sliced cucumer, red onion, fresh basil and chunks of fresh mozzarella.
Dress with an Italian dressing or a nice viniagrette.
Start with cooked Chicken or Steak:
Add greek olives, red pepper, cucumber, tomato, pepperoncinis, red onion and the all important feta cheese(if you're me)
Dress with a Greek viniagrette.
Your favorite lunch meat ham, turkey, salami etc cut in strips and some of your favorite cheese.
Add tomato, black olives, cucumber, bell pepper, broccoli and/or cauliflower, any fresh veggie that you love! Don't forget some chopped hard boiled egg!
Dress with your favorite dressing!
Summer is here and for me that means I wanna eat light and fresh food. Salad always fits the bill. These are light fresh and exciting but still filling and satisfying.