Salads. I’m sure we all have our opinion on them.
My biggest beef with salad has always been the taste and creativity they so often tend to LACK. But the truth is they really can be delicious and exciting if you are willing to shake it up a little and try new flavor combinations. Now I will gladly eat a salad from Texas De Brazil, where there salad bar is like 3 stories of tables adorned with the most delectable salad toppings. There heart of palm is incredible. GAHH.
I have certainly found salads more desirable these days just from coming up with new ways to eat them. Here’s the one I had for lunch today, I call it The Light and Sweet Surprise Salad.
2 handfuls of mixed greens (I used baby spinach and romaine)
1/2 Tomato (or a whole one if you are a tomato lover like me)
2 slices of an apple
1/4 Green Pepper
1/4 Purple Onion
1 Tbsp. Goat Cheese
Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar
(All of these ingredients can be purchased at your local grocery store and produce market)
Spread out the leafy greens on your plate and set aside. Dice up the carrots, tomatoes, apples, green peppers and onions. Joyfully toss them on top of the greens (it’s about to be so yummy!) Sprinkle the goat cheese on your fruits and veggies, and the drizzle the olive oil and raspberry balsamic vinegar over top of it all. Then add some fresh ground pepper to taste.
This took me all of maybe 8 minutes to make, and the tastes and textures really compliment each other. For example a bite of greens with a diced up apple and onion together is a very balanced flavor of light and intense tastes, and the onion opens up the flavors of the apple and really make it pop.
Wanna know what the surprise is? The goat cheese and the raspberry balsamic vinegar create this taste and texture similar to the inside of a cream pastry. HELLO! If you’re wondering why I added goat cheese to this otherwise perfectly vegetarian salad, here’s why. Some fats are good, and goat cheese happens to contain those good fats. When taken in small amounts, these good fats actually help you to absorb some of the nutrients in the fruits and veggies better, and ultimately help you to burn fat faster. You can always substitute blue cheese or feta crumbles if you are not a goat cheese fan.
Are you a salad lover or hater? What are your favorite salad ingredients and recipes? Have you ever been to a restaurant where the salad was better than the main course?