I remember the first time my husband had dinner at my parents house. As we sat down to eat, I asked Ron if he wanted any salad. He said sure and I passed him the very large bowl. His eyes grew wide as he looked in the bowl.
“This is salad?” he asked quietly.
“Where’s the lettuce? And what’s all this other stuff?”
It turns out Ron’s version of a salad was quite different than my family’s.
His – lettuce. Maybe shredded carrots.
Ours – Any veggie or fruit in the fridge, chopped or shredded and tossed in a big bowl with a sprinkling of sunflower seeds.
Through the years, Ron has embraced the new salad. He does stand firm in his stance that fruit does not belong with greens. The Strawberry Black Bean Salad pictured at the top of this post – He won’t go there no matter how delicious I tell him it is. But having Tex Mex Chicken Salad? He’s all over that!
I try to eat at least one salad a day. It’s an easy way to get in my veggie quota for the day. My favorite kind of salads are like the ones I grew up with – everything but the kitchen sink varieties. Except now I make the salad the whole meal deal. I try to include all the essential nutrients to keep me satisfied for hours. I’ll add beans, chicken, veggie burgers, nuts, seeds, nothing is off limits!
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What are your favorite things to put on a salad?
Fruit in green salads – yay or nay?