Perfect Your Salad Game with These Tips
Growing up, my mom cooked almost everynight. As a family, we got used to meals complete with salads, baguettes and butter. We'd sit down at the dinner table, say grace and dig into our salads. And though bread doesn't make it's way to my dinner table anymore, salad has become a staple in my life.
After being diagnosed with Celiac disease, it started to play an every bigger role. I quickly learned throwing together a salad was the easiest thing I could do for lunch. Needless to say, salad has been a part of my life for a while and I've gotten pretty good at making them.
I thought I'd share my go-to salad combos to make lunch or dinner a breeze.
I keep my pantry/fridge stocked with the basics to make a varierty of salads with little to no effort.
-Dried fruit: I love chopping up dried figs or tossing in a handful of cranberries in salads
-Nuts: any nut will do, my favorites are almond slivers, roasted pumpkin seeds, pecans and walnuts
-Bacon: brings the salad game way up. I fry it up in a pan, let it cool and put it in the fridge for toppings
-Avocado or goat cheese: I am all about the fat. It depends on my mood and what I'm going for but I usually include one or the other
-Organic spring mix or 50/50 mix: I buy giant tubs of the stuff because I like my salads heavy on the greens
-Rotiserrie chicken or baked chicken breast: I've been picking chickens lately, they are a good value, super easy and the meat is so much better. I baked breasts for years, but have been loving the variety I get with a roasted chicken
-Balsamic vinegar: I love vinegar and vinegar based products, almost as much as sea salt. It's my salad dressing of choice in most cases.
-Tessamae's salad dressing: I usually mix some of their balsamic vingarette with straight balsamic vinegar. I tend to keep my ratio about 2:1, heavy on the vinegar.
It's super easy to make your own dressings, too. I do that if I want something special on the fly. Usually I just use Pinterest recipes if I'm looking for some flair.
-Sea salt and cracked pepper, a must for any salad. I love salt. It's one of my favorite things.