Monday, April 30, 2012

May Is National Salad Month!

I was delighted to hear that May was National Salad Month (U.S.) because as most of you know, I have 3 favourite ways to eat food: in sandwich form, soup form, and you guessed it - in salad form!!!!

Salads are just so versatile, allowing you to pair any flavour combination that your taste buds could possibly desire, and in a (genuinely) timely fashion.  I think I've thrown just about everything in a salad at one point or another, most usually with great success. In fact, its very difficult to go wrong with a salad.

Staples in my salads are:
  • Kale
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Dried fruit (usually goji berries or mulberries)
  • In season fresh fruit
  • Avocados
  • Beets
  • Spirulina  
  • Nori
  • Sprouts
  • Hot peppers
  • Mushrooms (raw or sautéed)

I tend to stay away from dressing and usually opt for a naked salad, or one of the following:

The rest is usually a combo of whatever I'm craving, and whatever I have in the fridge/pantry! ;)

Below is an example of a quick, weekday salad that I often pull together. If you double the portion you'll have your lunch for the next day as well!

The I Want It All Salad

When I was creating this, adding ingredients
left, right and centre, all I could think of was
I Want It All by Queen


Green Leaf Lettuce
Sautéed portobellos
Red peppers
Baby corn
Heirloom cherry tomatoes
Black beans
Goji berries
Flax seeds
Sesame seeds
Fresh Ontario Peaches


1/2 cup salsa
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 grape seed oil

MIX together dressing ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

ADD the remaining ingredients in various amounts.

DRIZZLE salad with dressing.


So there you go.  Why not whip up a salad tonight and enjoy it as a meal, side, or filling for a wrap.

What are your favourite salad ingredients?

Don't forget to checkout Niagara VegFest on June 2 in St. Catharines, ON!!!!

Peace and Love,


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