*Reminder* Salads Don't Have to Suck
Yup, that's it. They really don't have to suck. Salads get such a bad rap for being blah and unfulfilling health sacrifices, but that doesn't need to be the case at all. They can be incredibly delicious and quick to make.
I rarely order salads at restaurants. When I go out to eat, I try to order meals that will inspire my home-cooking adventures with Igor or are new flavors for my palate. On account of this, I've often prejudged salads as unsatisfactory candidates. Then, the Shrimp Louie from Denver's Bremen's Wine and Tap appeared in my mouth. Incredible. It has joined Punch Pizza's Punch Salad as a favorite. So, next time you go to a restaurant, I challenge you not to skim over the salad section – read it and eat.
Kitchen Sink Salads
Over hummus and carrots, my friend Sara shared her secret to eating while in med school –salads. She repeated, "It has to take five minutes or less to make." Between homework and classes, she would throw what she had in the fridge together (especially tuna) for a quick, healthy and satisfying meal. Soon after, I started making them myself. I found these salads a great way to use up produce before it goes bad and to make a quick meal on late nights. The salad in the photo below includes: sautéed tomatoes, a little parsley (sautéed with the tomatoes), fried pancetta, friend mushrooms (fried with the pancetta), hard boiled eggs, cabbage and avocado, dressed with olive oil. Challenge yourself to reduce the amount of produce you toss, start eating kitchen sink salads.
Culturally Diverse Salads
As a Russian person, my boyfriend thinks what passes for salads in the U.S. is cockamamie. Russian salads are no joke, and there is a wonderfully rich tradition for them that often includes sour cream and no lettuce. If you are trying to diversify your salad line-up, research salads from cultures outside your own like the Herring Under a Fur Coat salad pictured below (Food & Wine has a good recipe for it). Challenge yourself to test out a new salad recipes.