Friday, August 2, 2013

Clean Out The Fridge Salad

I like salad. Not for every meal, of course. All that masticating would give me a headache.  I don't know how the cows do with all that chewing. 

A couple of times a week, however, especially in the summer, a salad is quite lovely. It's not hot, at least, and is quite refreshing.  Since I am the only one in the house regularly acquainted with most fruits and veggies, I not only get to make the salads, I get to eat them.  I don't have to worry about anyone wanting to hog the spinach leaves or stealing all of my cherry tomatoes. I am also a bit of an experimental eater, mixing things together as the mood hits me.  As a result, I have developed my own salad making style, which I would like to share with you on this fine day. 
1. Be hungry.  Some people eat on a time schedule instead of listening to their tummies.  Cut that out.  If you're not hungry, don't eat!  But if your tummy is rumbling and growling at you, a salad may be in order. 

2. Raid the fridge.  Open that door and squat down at eye level, so that you can see all of the shelves.
What is in there that may be salad worthy?  Try to be open minded.  On this particular occasion, I find spinach leaves, mandarin oranges that are about to expire, and mozzarella cheese. I also find expired salad dressing. It is a Caesar dressing, which is a shame.  But I come not to bury expired Caesar, but to eat his nearest and dearest fridgemates. Caesar hits the trash can, as does any number of expired foods that are within reach, hence the name of the salad.

3. Raid the pantry.  Walk in there and really look at what you have.  What is in there that is salad worthy? Cereal can make a great addition to a salad, for instance.  Peanuts and other nuts are also yummy.  On this day, I find a can of diced fire roasted tomatoes, green beans, and croutons. Perfect.

4. Mix everything together in a big bowl. Don't forget to drain the tomatoes, green beans, mandarin oranges.  Nobody likes a soggy, soupy salad, especially croutons!

5. Drizzle your preferred dressing all over.  Don't go crazy, just focus and aim on the bowl of salad.  Don't use all of the dressing, keep a bit to the side until after you've tasted your work.  As they say in the South/Midwest/West, sometimes ranch dressing/ketchup/BBQ sauce cures all ills, particularly in the kitchen.
6. Eat.  If the salad doesn't taste good, add more dressing or maybe pepper.  I felt that my salad on this particular day would have tasted excellent with Caesar dressing, but whatever.  You now have a healthy salad, and once you're done with that, there's some pudding cups hiding behind the butter on the top shelf.  Help yourself.

How do you make a salad at your house?


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    1. Haha! That would be hilarious, considering how many times I've set fire to my kitchen!

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  3. As long as there is lettuce (or spinach) and some kind of cheese, I can go from there!

    1. Lots of ways to make a salad, and they're all good!

  4. I am a clean out the fridge salad maker too. I love a good taco salad with salsa instead of salad dressing and I have the makings in my fridge right now. I think I can have it for lunch today.

  5. My favorite is a greens salad with a giant cheese burger on top. Drizzle it with ranch, and YUMMMY! Something about the hot burger and cold everything else that just screams summertime.

  6. I also make my salads from what I find in the pantry & refrigerator. I love to mix in a little fruit in most of my salads-either mandarin oranges or dried cranberries. My three faves are:

    1. Spinach, mandarin oranges, & feta cheese with almonds & avocados with a lemon & olive oil dressing.
    2. Field greens with dried cranberries, avocados, pecans & blue cheese with a balsamic vinaigrette.
    3. Romaine lettuce with corn, black beans, tomatoes, mango, avocados & queso fresco (grated) with some salsa for dressing.

    If you'll notice, I do love avocados & cheese! :)


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