Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Salad Week

The weather is finally nice around here (almost a bit too nice!), so salads are my natural food of choice. The other day, on my Lunch Salad post, I asked you what your favorite salad was. I got some great comments and used them as inspiration for this week’s menu.

But first up is a salad that I grew myself. There is honestly nothing better than planting, caring for, and then eating your own veggies. It also makes me appreciate my organic CSA more as I had to share quite a bit of my salad with various little critters… Here is what I was left with: 

  • Arugula
  • Red leaf lettuce
  • Tomatoes
And here are the salads for the rest of the week. Thanks everyone for your comments! I will supplement the salads with different sources of protein (Buffalo chicken, egg whites, chickpeas, and salmon).

Salad 1: Kathy’s favorite summer salad: “My favorite summer salad uses fresh tomatoes as the base for the dressing. I dice a couple and put them in the bottom of a big salad bowl before sprinkling them generously with garlic powder and salt and pepper. I let these marinate for at least a half hour and a couple of hours if I have time. Just before serving, I add some pepper strips, cucumber, and thinly sliced sweet onion separated into rings along with some crisp Romaine lettuce. I then pour a little olive oil and red wine vinegar over the top and toss. The tomatoes gather a little pool of garlicy tomato juice in the bottom which mixes with the vinegar and oil to form the tastiest dressing ever! Just a teaspoon of oil is plenty and balsamic vinegar can be subbed for the red wine variety for a little sweeter version.” I discovered Kathy’s blog when I first started blogging more than two years ago, and I love all her recipes. We have often said that we’d love to share a meal. Too bad we don’t live closer!

Salad 2: Lauren: “I love avocado, with jarred tuna and lemon and oil dressing over greens.” That’s one of my recent favorites as well. I love smashing the avocado in with the tuna.

Salad 3: Roz: “Right now, my favorite is beet and orange salad with fresh mint and goat cheese.” Sounds delicious. I’ll experiment!

Salad 4: Marisa: “My favorite lunch for a while was Buffalo Chicken Salad- I was pretty hooked on it for a couple weeks!” Sounds delicious!  

Questions: What’s your favorite food at the moment? Any more salad ideas to share? Have you ever grown your own vegetables and/or herbs? If so, what was your experience? I love growing my own vegetables and herbs. There is truly nothing better than a freshly harvested, homegrown salad. However, I have also had my fair share of “failures.” Or maybe I should say the squirrels, snails, birds and other animals in my neighborhood are often very well fed! Smile 

Be well,
Andrea

21 comments:

  1. We have a small raised garden with six tomato plants and cucumbers in it. We have 4 pepper plants and three other tomatoes in large pots on the deck. The tomatoes are several types...grape, a medium slicer, and big boys. They are full of green tomatoes and blooms and about six tomatoes that are beginning to turn to pink. The cucumbers are the long, thin-skinned English variety and they are producing like crazy! I have had one each day this week and it won't be long before we have dozens at a time. I'm going to be searching for salads and pickles to use them in.

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  2. Look at you guys! Great garden! Austin is growing tomatoes, peppers, basil, parsley and thai basil - i'm loving it!! My favorite salad is blue cheese crumbled, dried cranberries, arugula, almonds and avocado with raspberry vinaigrette!

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  3. Yummy salads! My favorite food at the moment seems to be FAGE fat free Greek yogurt with fresh strawberries, a little stevia and cinnamon. I have it twice a day!

    Years ago we had a garden but our current yard has no place for one. Last year I had a patio pot with little sweet salad tomatoes and they were awesome.

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  4. I never thought of adding mint to salad. What a great idea!
    I keep saying I'm going to start a garden, and have yet to.
    After seeing yours, I really need to give it a try!

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  5. oooh I've been loving soba noodles as a base lately!

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  6. Wow, look at your beautiful veggie garden! I'm envious, too, because my tomatoes are still small and green. No red ones in sight yet.

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  7. OOOH...can't wait to experiment with some of the salads. There is NOTHING better than a "home grown" salad either!!!! Have a great day Andrea!

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  8. Those salads look really good.

    I usually grow some herbs every Summer but this year I kind of forgot and didn't do it.
    I don't have room in my garden to grow vegetables. My grandmother had a big garden when I was a child and she used to grow almost every vegetable (even potatoes) in it and we ate fresh vegetables from here garden. It was delicious.

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  9. Your salad sounds delicious. I so wish I didn't have a black thumb. I kill mint if that tells you anything. Sad.

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  10. I wonder if it will sound silly to you since you do it but MAN i would LOVE to be able to say the words:

    FIRST UP IS A SALAD I GREW MYSELF.

    goal duly noted.

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  11. Roz's salad sounds AWESOME! I'm really into goat cheese lately, so any salad with goat cheese (and beets!) would be a good choice for me.
    Yesterday I was on a local morning NBC talk show and made a vegetarian sandwich with arugula and eggplant and tomato and a garlic cream sauce (the cream was yogurt)....I think it would have made a great salad too!!

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  12. There is nothing better than eating food fresh from the garden.

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  13. Completely jealous of your garden! We tried for years, but the deer and bunnies got our bounty before we did.

    And I need to make Marisa's buffalo chicken salad - I've bookmarked it a few times and still haven't made it. :D

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  14. So glad to help a little with your salad inspiration, Andrea! And everyone's ideas sound amazing!

    Love that you grew your own lettuce! It's the one thing I wanted to add to our garden, but forgot! :(

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  15. We haven't tried to grow lettuce, but I will next year! That all looks delicious!

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  16. Fave:
    - Butter Lettuce, Olives, Capers, Tuna Belly, Green Beans, Hard Boiled Eggs, Artichoke Hearts & Cherry Tomatoes -- dressed with olive oil, dijon mustard, garlic, pepper & white wine vinegar

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  17. I love the idea of combining everyone's ideas into one post. Fave foods right now? I'm on a little bit of an asparagus bender putting them in everything. My kids leave today for camp for 7 weeks so I've been making "their" food choices now I have some time to experiment with Lauren food.

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  18. love salads!!!! i am digging grilled veggies on my salads lately :)

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  19. Love all your salad ideas, a while ago, I had the most delicious salad, butter leaf lettuce with mango, roasted hazel nuts and a lemony vinagrette - delish!

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  20. I got a healthy basil plant from Trader Joe's and after 2 weeks, the leaves started having some disease. It had silvery, black or grayish colored patches on most of the leaves. I have been keeping the plant in my kitchen window sill and watering it almost everyday. Please help.

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    1. My guess is that the plant had a disease when you bought it, but it still looked healthy. This has happened to me a few times. My only other suggestion would be not to overwater the plant.

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