Monday, March 07, 2011

Basic Salad

More often then not, I usually have some type of salad or greens with my meal.  I thought I'd share a simple one with you that I made just the other day!

When making a salad, lettuce, spinach, etc, is always a good place to start!  This is obvious!  I only had romaine lettuce on hand that day, so that's exactly what I used.  A lot of times I have a spring mix variety, which is nice.  A mix of greens, and reds....

I added dried cranberries!  Dried fruits are great in salads!  My favorite is dried cranberries, and I often add a sprinkle here, a sprinkle there.

Then I did something completely different from my normal routine:

I chopped up a small red delicious apple and tossed it in.  I know diced apples aren't that uncommon in salads, I've just never had them in my salad before.  A lot of times at restaurants I see salads with apples in them and they sound yummy but they are usually paired up with walnuts, and having a nut allergy, that's a big no no to me!

I wasn't exactly sure what salad dressing to use.  I didn't have any raspberry vinaigrette on hand which I thought would be good along side the fruit.  I tried it with one of my favorite dressings though, Paula Deen's Vidalia Onion Honey Mustard Dressing.  It's a pretty sweet dressing with a vinaigrette consistency, so I thought this would work best.  And I was right!  It was so yummy!!  Thank you Paula Deen!

This salad was so simple.  Easy to put together, and took like 2 minutes (mainly just to chop the apple).  Eating healthy doesn't have to be time consuming or hard!  So don't be scared to try a simple, yet healthy salad today!

Are you a big salad eater? 
What do you like to add to your salads?  
Anything that's unusual, that people wouldn't normally associate with salads?  
I'd love to know!


Laura said...

Yes! I loooove salads. I usually do spinach, cucumbers, peppers, carrots, garbanzo beans, a few slices of hard-boiled egg, avocado (a MUST) and dried cranberry with balsamic vinaigrette dressing. I could eat that every day I think!

Charlie, Feminine Bravery said...

I love avocado salads! And salads with garlic-chilli fried shrimp :D

Liesl @ FabulousFashions4SensibleStyle said...

Yum, yum, yummy!!! I just love adding a fruit, especially dried cranberries, to my salads!

Liesl :)

Sherin said...

Ooo, that looks yummy and so easy to make. I'm not a huge salad person. But when I do eat one, I love having carrots and cucumbers. I think my mum puts nuts in some as well.

Leia said...

Yum, I love salads! I like putting in a garlic dressing, so yummy :)


Rachel said...

I love salads, but don't eat them as much as I'd like to. This one looks so yummy though!

Marie said...

I love salads!:D Can't pick one.:D

***** Marie *****


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