So, what really happened was…I was in a hurry…and hungry…
Although the weather here does not even approximate spring yet, I am craving spring salads. Now, I love some collards, but I am really ready for the light, raw greens of spring. I love all the wonderful ingredients put together–lettuce, crunchy cucumber, broccoli, tomatoes and whatever else happens to be fresh. Unfortunately, with our cold spring so far, that isn’t much. So I dove into the organic section of Trader Joes and Whole Foods and came up with this salad on the fly. I was in a super hurry because I had not planned out this craving very well. It was nearing dinnertime…and I was really hungry.
I found that an organic veggie tray can be your best friend. Mine had cherry tomatoes, jicama, snap peas, and carrots. I also scored a very ripe, organic avocado. Combined with some leftover raw broccoli and some pre-cooked balsamic chicken, I was in salad heaven.
What really makes salads a happy thing in my house, though, is the salad dressing. After reading the ingredients in most grocery store dressings, I decided to try making my own so I can control the ingredients and eliminate unnecessary sugars and high fructose corn syrup. Here is what I have learned about making salad dressing:
- It is much easier than I thought.
- I have most of the ingredients in my pantry already.
- My stick blender (immersion blender) is my greatest ally.
With a few handy ingredients and my little, easy-to-clean stick blender, we have been able to create very delicious dressings in about 5 minutes. On the topic of dressings, I have to give a shout out to another blogger who has given me a lot of inspiration to seek fresh salad ideas. A fellow blogger at Creative Noshing has been a great inspiration to me as we explore making different dressings. She has wonderful, fresh, recipes for dressings that have become our staples. Our favorites are homemade ranch dressing and a spicy Asian peanut dressing (which is also amazing on stir fry vegetables).
Visit Creative Noshing for some superb dressing recipes. Whether you like ranch, Russian dressing, poppy seed or spicy peanut, she probably has a recipe that will have your family happily eating their greens!