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03-11-2012, 09:55 PM
Keeping with the salad theme. What do you like to put on your salad? What is the absolute must have items in your salad bowl?

03-11-2012, 10:13 PM
My favorite salads usually have spinach, dried cranberries, sunflower seed kernels, almonds, red onions and some kind of pepper in it! Yum!

03-11-2012, 10:14 PM
Onion I guess. I make various salads.
1 grate carrots, put some tiny tomatoes or pieces of tomatoes, put some rasins
Plain yogurt, salt and pepper.
2 grate green or violet cabbage, throw some chopped onion, salt pepper,
Olive oil.

03-11-2012, 10:16 PM
Greens, but only as a bed. I like crunchies... celery and radishes mostly. Green olives occasionally.

I like spicy dressing. I'll add a shot of sriracha to blue cheese or ranch dressing for my salads.

03-11-2012, 10:25 PM
There are no must haves. The are just so many options for salads. I guess, most of the time, for me, it would be high quality olive oil, but if the veggies are fresh, it all can taste wonderful.

Tonight I made a salad for the family as our dinner (which wass light as we had our main meal midday). It we red leaf and green leaf lettuce, purple onion, grape tomatoes, green pepper, hard boiled egg, an avocado, dried cranberries, slivered almonds and a drizzle of olive oil, red wine vinegar, fresh ground black pepper and salt. It was delicious. And I'll probably never make it exactly like this again because nearly every time I use something different - using what I find the freshest and on hand.

03-11-2012, 10:37 PM
Not a must have because I don't always have them, but I LOVE snow peas on my salads! Spinach has become my standard "base" sometimes just that sometimes with some iceburg lettuce to bulk up the amount a bit.. I'm not a fan of any other lettuces.

03-11-2012, 10:44 PM
I alternate between loving salads and not eating them for weeks :dizzy:
When I'm into a salad phase, I use any combination of baby spinach, red or green leaf lettuce, and romaine for the greens. For the rest, I always like green onion, cucumbers, peppers (red is my fave), and tomatoes. If I have it, I also love carrot shreds and celery pieces. I sometimes put in some goat cheese if I'm trying to add protein or a veggie chicken patty cooked and cut up.
I'm a big fan of Gorgonzola cheese, candied pecans, and pear chunks with a good romaine base and some thin slices of white onion with a sweet poppyseed kind of dressing. Of course, this would be a big splurge now.... ;)

03-11-2012, 10:57 PM
I always use baby spinach for a base and throw in some baby lettuces. I usually chop up broccoli and cauliflower and always add some kind of nuts, usually walnuts and almonds. The other ingredients typically vary; sometimes I add chicken breast, grated cheese, or something like dried cranberries. If I add croutons I make sure I use whole grain ones. And for my dressing I use balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

03-11-2012, 11:28 PM
I love salad. I make all different types but my favorite salad would include greens, some type of meat (usually chicken), nuts, fresh or dried fruit, and oil & vinegar dressing.

03-11-2012, 11:34 PM
Feta cheese! I rarely have a salad without it. Tonight for dinner I had baby greens, chicken (light & dark), feta, roasted red peppers, and balsamic vinaigrette.

03-12-2012, 05:13 AM
im not a fan of leafy greens .... i like cubed cucumbers chick peas red onion cherry tomatoes black olives and saauteed mushrooms on my salad

its a heavy salad i know ... but i <3 it !

03-12-2012, 12:59 PM
I'm a fan of something crunchy in my salad, so either slivered almonds, or whole almonds, cashews. I also like raisons in there :)

03-12-2012, 04:30 PM
I have to have red onion, spinach and mushrooms in my salads!

03-12-2012, 05:15 PM
After reading some of your posts my salad sounds pretty boring:

Greens (according to my mood it can be iceberg, spinach, or baby leaf)
Bell Pepper
Red Onions
1/4 cup of cheese
1 Hard Boiled Egg
10-12 croutons
2 Tbsp of Dressing

Pretty much the only thing that ever changes is the greens and the dressing.

03-12-2012, 05:24 PM
I love having hard boiled egg, cheese (usually part skim mozza) and pecans in my salads. I have to be careful with the pecans though, only a small amount. Usually I'll have spinach and romaine (so boring, I know!) and maybe some real bacon bits (again, a small amount), tomatoes, carrots and dressing. Pretty standard stuff.

03-12-2012, 09:26 PM
I like to mix romaine lettuce and baby spinach for my greens. I always like lots of veggies -- carrots, celery, cucumber, sweet peppers, tomatoes, sliced beets. Boiled egg and chickpeas or other beans are awesome on top! I like sliced/chopped nuts or sunflower seeds instead of croutons. If I have leftover grilled chicken or steak then I slice it up and have it on top.

I've never tried a "sweet" salad with fruit and vinaigrette but would love to sometime! I think strawberries, grapes, apples, pecans, and vinaigrette would be tasty.

03-12-2012, 10:33 PM
My favorite greens are baby spinach and arugula. I love spring mix, but it seems to go bad the fastest.

I always add a little shredded sharp cheddar, even if it's only a tablespoonful. Mushrooms and cherry/grape tomatoes almost always.
Curried cashews go great with balsamic vinaigrette, but I love any kind of nuts.
Dried cranberries if I'm willing to have the sugar in them.

My dinner tonight was salad - I made these - http://allrecipes.com/recipe/lemon-ginger-shrimp/detail.aspx - and put them over my spinach/shrooms/cheese. Dressing was just basil infused olive oil and honey ginger white balsamic vinegar.

I'm looking forward to the warm weather and eating more salads. I live on soups and stews in the winter.

03-12-2012, 11:37 PM
I do spring mix, tomatoes, egg, cucumbers, a little cheddar cheese, and sunflower kernels. Then I top it with a fat free zesty italian dressing.