As the weather heats up, I tend to opt for colder meals rather than hot; greens rather than grains. A great salad can go with anything - steak, grilled veggies, roasted fish, or even deviled eggs. But, eating the same salad all the time gets a little monotonous... so here are some of my favorite ways to liven things up!
There are so many options for great greens; adding any of them to your basic iceberg or romaine can add a whole other dimension of flavors (and nutrition!) to your generic salad. My favorite add ins are baby spinach, arugula, radicchio, and endive. Mix in any or all of them to wake up your taste buds!
Properly dressing your salad is key. It should be evenly dressed - not too dry, not swimming in oil, and not applied solely to the top of the salad. I like to pour a thin stream of dressing around the edge of the bowl and toss until I can see a light sheen of dressing over all of the contents before serving.
Salad dressing is one of the simplest things to make fresh! There's no need to rely on storebought dressings containing extra preservatives, or even to bore yourself with the generic drizzles of olive oil and balsamic. Why not try avocado oil, or champagne vinegar rather than the usual go-tos? My favorite fast summer dressing is as follows:
- juice of one half lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon of dijon mustard
- a 3 count pour of olive oil
- maldon sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- shake vigorously and enjoy!
What are your favorite ways to keep salads from boring you??