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Friday, November 20, 2009

Foodie Friday: Salad for Salad-Haters

I'm a salad hater.  I never ate salad until I went to college, and then (and now) only reluctantly.  I don't like most salad accoutrements--cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, sesame seeds, cauliflower, onions, beets, etc. etc. etc.  However, I do realize that there is a lot of nutrition in dark, leafy greens and the things that go on salads, so I've tried to create one that is palatable to my salad-hating tastes.  This is what I've come up with.

Salad for Salad Haters

1. Leafy Greens--I use red leaf and romaine primarily, but have been known to use baby spinach as well.
2. Protein--I like to switch it up between grilled chicken, grilled steak, and hard boiled eggs.
3. Sweet Thing--Apples, pears, golden raisins, and craisins make good choices, and add crunch.
4. Dressing--I make my own dressing!  Equal parts olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette, pepper, and garlic salt.  Shake well and you're done!

So, the salad for salad haters is incredibly basic and uninventive, but it suits my tastes and nutritional needs.  It's especially satisfying post-workout with lots of protein.  

Buon Appetito!

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