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26 Aug, 2006

A salad a day

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

… is my promise to myself until I get my gym membership come September. I’ve re-promised (is that a word?) to eat a little better e.g. get more fruits and veggies into my system. And I figure this is a good way to start.

Here are my rules:

  •  the salad may contain meat, and that includes bacon*
  • the salad may contain cheese, and that includes those so-called “fatty” cheeses*
  • the salad must contain greens and a least one other vegetable
  • I will take it easy on the dressing

*Jeez man. You only live once, right? A life without bacon and brie would be a very very sad life indeed.

So this was my dinner the other night. And here is the recipe.

  Dinner: aug 24 2006

Notice that I didn’t make it as purty as the recipe, but it was very good. I would just use less lemon juice next time. I split the recipe in half, added some fresh basil from the garden, a fresh mint leaf and gobs of goat cheese on top. Oh. Yummy.

Yesterday’s lunch was a salad I’ve photographed and posted here before: leaf lettuce with red peppers and red onion sauteed in a bit of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. And, yes, goat cheese. God. I love the stuff.

Other salads on my agenda may include:

I have a feeling I’m going to be at the grocery store quite a bit. :)

Three of the four recipes above are new ones. And I’m always looking for ideas. Any you’d like to share?


5 Responses to "A salad a day"

1 | nancy

August 26th, 2006 at 1:11 pm


I’ll email you a new fave salad of our, meatleass, but bacon would be a deelish addition….

2 | DaniGirl

August 27th, 2006 at 7:59 pm


I really have to be more creative with my salads, but my all-time fave is still the simplest: cherry tomatoes, cucumber and green leaf lettuce (absolutely must be firm and show no signs of wiltiness) with balsamic vinegarette. And garlicky croutons.

I have another good recipe for one with spring mix, walnuts, feta and cranberries. I’ll look up the dressing recipe and mail it to you if you like!

3 | Dusty

August 27th, 2006 at 9:48 pm


Try spring mix with fruit (strawberries, grapes, sliced oranges), raisins and sunflower seeds with Kraft’s Light Done Right Raspberry Vinegrette. Throw in some green onions and crutons and you’re good to go.

It’s the only salad I eat anymore!

4 | twinmomplusone

August 27th, 2006 at 11:17 pm


oh, oh, love salads, so many types, it all depends on what we have on hand, we have one every night with supper!

most common one: tomatoes, spring mix or green leaf salad, cucumbers if around, olive oil and red wine vinegar, dried oregano or fresh chives and basil when growing in backyard, sprinkled feta on top

we’ve done dani’s cranberry salad numerous times but becuase of nut allregies in our household we use sunflower seeds instead of walnuts

often do a kind of salad nicoise for lunch: salad, toamtoe, can of tuna, some chickpeas or boiled potatoes if I have some with the usual olive oil/red wine vinegar/oregano/basil/chives vinaigrette

and then we have teh “goldfish in teh sea” salad: baby spinach, can of mandarines and usual vinaigrette or raspberry one if we have some

happy salad making!

5 | Chantal

August 28th, 2006 at 10:48 am


I had this one at Bridgehead last summer and I make it at least twice a month now:


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