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Old 03-11-2009, 10:33 AM   #1
 
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Default What does your favorite salad include?

I REALLY love salad. I eat one just about twice a day.
My favorite salad consists of:

Romaine lettuce
Spinach
Spring mix lettuce
Cucumber
Red onion
Grape tomatoes
Feta Cheese
Sweet Corn
A few dried cranberries
Italian Dressing or Balsamic Vinaigrette
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Ajidahk, like you, I like a little sweet in my salad! I also looooove walnuts or pecans in there too.

My very, very favorite salad though is a classic - the Waldorf salad.
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I have a specific salad equation that has to have three elements. A very sweet component (like fruit or dried fruit). A salty component (like shaved parmesan, nuts or seeds) and good crunch.

As long as I have those the... the greens, the dressing, etc, make no difference to me!
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Ajidahk, like you, I like a little sweet in my salad! I also looooove walnuts or pecans in there too.

My very, very favorite salad though is a classic - the Waldorf salad.

I'll have to try the walnuts/peacans in my salad. I once tried sunflower seeds and didn't care for it to much because the taste of the seeds were overwhelming.

I'm curious, what's a Waldorf salad?
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Ajidahk, like you, I like a little sweet in my salad! I also looooove walnuts or pecans in there too.

My very, very favorite salad though is a classic - the Waldorf salad.

I'll have to try the walnuts/peacans in my salad. I once tried sunflower seeds and didn't care for it to much because the taste of the seeds were overwhelming.

I'm curious, what's a Waldorf salad?
Oh my GOSH, woman. You don't know what you're missing!

It has apples, grapes and toasted walnuts in it. It's dressed with simple mayo - we use light mayo.

Here's a link to a recipe if you ever want to try it: http://www.elise.com/recipes/archive...dorf_salad.php

ETA: That recipe doesn't have you toss the salad, which we do. We also use some spinach along with the lettuce.
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Old 03-11-2009, 11:00 AM   #6
 
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I love my salads! I have to have a fruit: either strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, orange segments, apple slices.

I like bitter greens like fricess (sp) and radichio mixed with spinach or arugala or romaine. I HATE iceburg lettace; it has no flavor.

I like garlicy dressings: Italian, Greek, sun-dried tomato vinegrette.

I also want cucumbers, green or red bell peppers, tomatoes - the tiny grape ones, radishes, carrots, purple cabbage, celery.

I like to sometimes throw in beans for protein, either raw green beans, raw green peas, or canned blackbeans or pintos or chick peas, rinsed and drained.

I love slivered almonds, diced walnuts or pecans. I don't like peanuts or cashews in salads though.

Sometimes I add croutons and cheese and crumbled bacon, either real or Bacos or vegetarian bacon.
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Ajidahk, like you, I like a little sweet in my salad! I also looooove walnuts or pecans in there too.

My very, very favorite salad though is a classic - the Waldorf salad.

I'll have to try the walnuts/peacans in my salad. I once tried sunflower seeds and didn't care for it to much because the taste of the seeds were overwhelming.

I'm curious, what's a Waldorf salad?
Oh my GOSH, woman. You don't know what you're missing!

It has apples, grapes and toasted walnuts in it. It's dressed with simple mayo - we use light mayo.

Here's a link to a recipe if you ever want to try it: http://www.elise.com/recipes/archive...dorf_salad.php

ETA: That recipe doesn't have you toss the salad, which we do. We also use some spinach along with the lettuce.

That recipe looks really good. I'm gonna give it a try.
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I like bitter greens like fricess (sp) and radichio mixed with spinach or arugala or romaine. I HATE iceburg lettace; it has no flavor.

I like garlicy dressings: Italian, Greek, sun-dried tomato vinegrette.

Sometimes I add croutons and cheese and crumbled bacon, either real or Bacos or vegetarian bacon.
ITA. I hate iceberg too. My friends think it's pretty weird that I eat dark lettuce and spinach, but they're missing out. Iceberg has no vitamins!.. I love garlicy dressings too and although I generally don't like crutons, I like the homemade, kinda soft, buttery ones. Do you know what I'm talking about?
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Old 03-11-2009, 11:11 AM   #9
 
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Romaine hearts and baby spinach, chicken, avocado, tomatos, all diced small and tossed generously in a light-but-creamy dressing. OMFG.

(Now I really want salad....)

ETA I totally forgot about croutons!! Love em.
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Old 03-11-2009, 11:18 AM   #10
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Tomatoes and peppers from my own garden! So that will be months away.
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I'm eating a greek salad with grilled chicken right now (all that talk about feta over on that thread, LOL) - yummy except it has a lot of iceberg, which I don't like . . . it must be well disguised as in this salad. And at least it's mostly romaine.

Various combinations of the following for my salads - I'm very picky about them:

Field greens/spring mix/mescalune/romaine/leaf/bibb
Cucumbers
Tomatoes
Broccoli or Alfalfa Sprouts
Broccoli Slaw
Shredded carrots
Purple cabbage
Mushrooms
Hearts of palm
Artichoke hearts
Banana, pepperoncini & similar peppers, but not green bell pepper!
Minimal onions, chives or scallions
Mandarin oranges
Dried cranberries or cherries
Strawberries
Pears
Apples
Various nuts and seeds
Cheeses, especially feta or cottage cheese
Real bacon bits, ham, chicken, or turkey
The little bitty chow mein noodles, not the big hard ones - can we say "picky"?, LOL!

Prefer various types of vinaigrette- more acidity than oil, if any, sweet and sour dressings, sesame ginger, or even just lemon juice, plain balsamic or other vinegars - No mayo-based dressings, the only creamy dressings I'll eat are buttermilk, yogurt, sour cream, or cottage cheese-based.

Usually no croutons for me unless they're just really good homemade ones, preferrably whole grain and not greasy.

Greens must be impeccably fresh with no white stemmy/chunky pieces. No bagged greens as a rule - can't stand the smell! No spinach - although I love it, it's almost like I'm allergic to it the past 10-15 years, even the slightest amount, so I have to always be careful to ask about spring mixes, etc.
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Any lettuce, candied pecans, dried cranberries, chopped Granny Smith apples, red onion, croutons, blue cheese and honey mustard dressing...
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love all mentioned, but have to add some roasted peppers!
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Pixie mentioned strawberries and nuts in her salads in a older thread and now I want some after seeing this thread.
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love all mentioned, but have to add some roasted peppers!
Yum! Red, yellow, or orange, though - can't digest green bell peppers
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Old 03-11-2009, 02:07 PM   #16
 
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My favorite salad consists of the following:

mixed baby greens
red onion
dried cranberries
toasted pecans
crumbled goat cheese
raspberry walnut vinaigrette dressing

I could have this salad every day and never get tired of it.
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Hate it when you go out to eat, get a tossed salad and there are no onions in it. A salad has to have onions.

I do like chick peas, hard boiled egg, cheese and tomatoes too.
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My favorite salad is a new one for me. It includes:
spinach
sliced strawberries
sliced avocado
chopped pecans
homemade dressing (evoo, lemon juice, acv, honey & sugar)

In general I love love love salads. I could eat them every single day. This particular salad I listed is something DH made us for Valentine's Day. I think he got it from allrecipes.
There are only a few things I can think of that I don't like on my salad: mushrooms, olives, salt. Everything and anything else is a go in my book!
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Old 03-11-2009, 04:46 PM   #19
 
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I like simple.. my favorite salad I make at home with romaine lettuce, some olive oil, fresh lemon juice, a little pepper, and some freshly grated parmigiano reggiano. Simple, plain, easy, delicious
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Old 03-11-2009, 05:34 PM   #20
 
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Almost any kind with baby spinach....
my favorite, of the moment, is:

baby spinach
walnuts
red onion
blue cheese
raspberry dressing
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