Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Simplest of Simple: My Favourite Salad

Salads are pretty much the easiest thing to make ever. But they can also be really... for lack of a better word, dumb. I've had some awkward salads in my day. Romaine lettuce - Raw cashews - Balsamic vinegar. Or what about the Spinach and soy nuts combo with italian dressing? That's what happens when I need to grocery shop.

If you've got the right ingredients you can whip together some pretty far out combinations. They don't need to be fancy ingredients, just enough ingredients that the salad actually has variety and textures to it. Lettuce in a bowl is not a salad, even if you add croutons and shredded carrots. That's basically admitting that it's the laundry day for your fridge.

My absolute favourite restaurant salad is Milestone's California Spring Salad. I think it was the first time I ever had goat cheese in a salad, or maybe strawberries, or something else delicious. Mixed greens, spicy toasted pecans, red onion, honey mustard vinaigrette, and like I said, strawberries and goat cheese. Whoa! So easy, so awesome. I make variations at home all the time. No shame.

This is how we do it:

I mean, I really don't need to teach you how to make a salad, but here we go anyway.

  • Goat cheese-  this one was honey flavoured because it's fancy and because it was on sale
  • Strawberries - Strawberries
  • Roasted almonds & dried cranberries - unsalted nuts because we're health conscious today
  • homemade vinaigrette - AKA: olive oil + balsamic vinegar with a few turns of ground pepper
  • red onion chopped fine - just go with it
  • mixed baby greens - The baby ones are easier to eat in huge forkfuls (and cuter)
See how easy it is to mix and match flavours? Go crazy. Sub blackberries, pecans, spinach, asian dressing, italian dressing. Add cucumber, avocado (do it!), tomato, cabbage, whatever! Salads are easy!

What's your ultimate homemade salad?

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