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Summer Fare – Salad for One

on April 21, 2015

Ah, can you hear it!?! Summertime is knocking on the door. Before you know it, the sun will be warming our worlds and making life a whole lot brighter. With summertime comes the desire to not be in the kitchen all evening cooking elaborate meals.

One thing I love about summer is that salads are such a quick, easy meal, especially these days with such a variety of bagged lettuce mixes.

I thought I would share with you one of my favorite summer meals, which I like to call the Kitchen Sink Salad. Yeah, it’s called that because I often put everything but the kitchen sink in my salad.

Start with bagged lettuce for a little-effort meal. Last summer, Dad and I had lots of lettuce in our garden, so I used that. If I go with the bagged lettuce, I like to combine a couple of bags of different lettuces to get a good mix. So, like a spring mix with some butter lettuce. Use whatever kind you like best.

Then I go through the fridge and look for what I have. Some of my favorite add-ins are:

Sweet peas
Cauliflower
Carrots
Sunflower Seeds
Pecans
Walnuts
Apples
Strawberries
Banana (yeah, sounds weird, but I like it)
Orange sections
Mushrooms
Olives
Cheese
Ham, turkey or chicken
Boiled eggs
Cranberries
Raisins
Croutons
Cilantro

Be adventurous! You never know until you try. I once added a baked potato to a salad. That was pretty good, but if the potato is cooked too soft, it makes it hard to eat.

Once you’ve added everything you like, top with dressing and enjoy!

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2 responses to “Summer Fare – Salad for One

  1. Carole Brown says:

    OOOOOOO! I love salads! One of my favs is lettuce, cantalope (yes!) and these little nut like things (can’t remember their name) and a super honey dressing. It is so heavenly. Simple and easy. So good. 🙂

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