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Naked salads :) 
Sep. 5, 2012 4:53 pm 
Updated: Sep. 5, 2012 7:35 pm

For most, a dirty word. It comes before the main course...some lettuce smothered in dressing. Or for lunch, a giant bowl filled with meat, cheese, hardboiled egg, more dressing...and a littttllle bit of lettuce. I mean, a Taco Salad is good for you, that's why it's called a salad! And god forbid we have a salad without BACON BITS...seriously, they are little bits of magic. I think back to the salads that I am used to eating, when I wanted something "healthy"...

Fried Chicken Tender Salad...with Ranch Dressing
Cobb Salad
Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese
Taco/Fajita Salad

I lived on these in my 20s, foolishly believing that my slim physique was due to my commitment to eating these salads...turns out, it was just lucky genes, and they tapped out the day I turned 30. Now a Wedge salad makes me a bloated mess, and I wade through salad recipe after recipe, looking to find new loves...

Well, here are a couple concoctions that I've managed to scrounge together, hopefully it sparks some conversations and I can get some more hints. I'm kind of limited, in that I don't typically like "sweet" salads, or ones with fruits and stuff. 

Beet and Quinoa Salad
1/2 c cooked quinoa
1/2 c beets
1 c mixed greens
small handful of walnuts, gorgonzola, scallions
drizzle of sherry vinagrette

Spinach Goddess Salad
Big handful of spinach
1/2 cucumber
handful of grape tomatoes
3 asparagus spears, chopped
Drizzle with Annie's Green Goddess Dressing--this stuff will change your life: BEST VEGAN DRESSING EVER!! Tastes like an Asian Caesar...

Summer is the best time for salads (keeps the kitchen from getting hot!) so give me some more tips before autumn creeps in! 

Sep. 5, 2012 5:18 pm
Love salads!! I usually eat one at least everyday. Do you happen to have a recipe for Annie's Green Goddess Dressing? Or is it storebought? Thanks so much!! Enjoyed your post:)
Sep. 5, 2012 5:48 pm
I Like salads, more so when meat like steak is on the top.
Sep. 5, 2012 5:56 pm
You got your husband, who hates vegetables, to eat beets? My DH is also vegetarian but I am not...I mostly eat that way by default. I am fortunate that he will eat most anything and is vegetarian only because he does not care for the texture or taste of beef, pork or poultry. Seafood he is happy to eat but most of our meals do not include them.
Sep. 5, 2012 7:35 pm
CC: Thanks for the recommendation on the Green Goddess dressing. My favorite salad from AllRecipes is Roquefort Pear Salad. I use Bleu Cheese rather than Roquefort. The dressing is amazing. Of course, some of my friends turn up their nose because they don't like bleu cheese or avocado. But to me, it's pure heaven!
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