I am just crazy about the robust flavor of crisp, mixed salad greens. There are so many varieties of lettuce available to us in our local supermarket these days. And, thank goodness, it’s still somewhat affordable.
I used to grow my own bunches of lettuce out on my sundeck in long, narrow, redwood window boxes. There is nothing like the experience of picking your own lettuce leaves and sprinkling sprigs of fresh basil straight from your vegetable garden.
Health experts all agree that we should be consuming at least five servings of vegetables or fruit a day to sustain our continued wellness. Salads are great way to satisfy this quota. A crisp, nicely plated, salad of freshly picked fruit, sliced into small mouth-watering bites is a real treat.
Salads can be made from mushrooms too. I like combining different kinds like oyster, chestnut and shiitake mushrooms. Salad dressings draw all the flavors together and prepare the ingredients for a fabulous feast whereas; crunchy croutons add texture and make eatable leaves much tastier.
One of my all time favorite salads is the timeless old fashioned Caesar salad. I also like warm spinach salads with hazelnuts and goat cheese. A salad made from citrus fruits and dates and sprinkled with sweet mustard dressing or even classic French dressing, in my opinion, is more like a dessert than a traditional first course. For more Latin fare, I enjoy the flavor of a warm chorizo salad made from a grouping of radicchio, chicory and a small handful of sage leaves. Chicory is also tasty when combined with pears and Roquefort cheese dressing.
Mexican Cactus Salad
Here are some Internet sites with other salad ideas –
Eat Better America – Highlighting Salads
Eating Well – Healthy Salad Recipes and Cooking Tips
Salad Recipe Org – an entire site dedicated to salad menus
Strictly Pasta Salads
21 Asian Spicy Salads
UTube Broccoli Salad Recipe
UTube Greek Salad
UTube Salad Preparation Chef Jerry G