Friday, April 11, 2008

Surprising Salads

Who says a salad has to be lettuce and tomatoes? Who says a salad has to be anything in particular? You can make a salad out of whatever you have on hand at the moment. Here are some ideas for getting out of the tossed salad rut.

Did you know that iceberg lettuce actually has very little nutritional value? Why not switch to baby spinach? It has a flavor similar to lettuce (without the bitterness) and is an excellent source of vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C and Folate. If you aren't a fan of spinach, give endive, chickory, lamb's lettuce, cabbage or bok choy a try.

A great alternative for kids is to serve veggies and dip or dressing in place of a side salad. Kids also love anything wrapped in tortillas, so why not make a veggie wrap with ranch dressing as a side dish for them? YUM!

Rachael Ray once made a salad to go along with a meatball sub that combined all of the veggies that would be on your average sub from a deli. Shred or thinly slice lettuce, onion, tomato, banana pepper, green bell pepper, pickles, cucumbers, black olives or whatever you usually like on your sub. Toss it all together with a simple dressing of red wine vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste.

My other salad recipes to date:

Cucumber Tomato Salad

Cucumber Side Salad

Pasta Salad

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