In my quest to eat better — including more veggies — I’ve been trying to incorporate lunch salads into the mix. I like the southwestern steak salad I occasionally throw together (with leftover steak, peppers, corn, and chipotle ranch dressing). Other ideas seem more boring. But then during my week alone I started visiting a salad shop that made some interesting concoctions. In theory, I could keep driving over there and buying stuff. The problem is that doing so takes time. I’d be thrilled to pay for lunch daily, but when you work from home, from a sheer efficiency perspective, it’s better to attempt to re-create these recipes.
Experiment number one was this kale “Caesar”-ish salad. I chopped up the kale finely, then added lemon juice to soften it up a bit. I added chopped cherry tomatoes, cukes, feta cheese, parmesan cheese (if I’m eating salad, I should get 2 cheeses, right?), some almonds, and leftover chicken. I topped it with Caesar dressing.
All in all, it was pretty tasty and filling and got about 2 cups of kale into me too. I’m now out of leftover chicken, though, so I welcome ideas on other proteins and concoctions to add to kale.
My afternoon snack will be another sort of salad: a sliced garden tomato, red onion, and bleu cheese dressing. If I wind up at my favorite sushi spot tonight, I’ll probably have an avocado and lettuce salad with ginger dressing (yum!) It’s a lot of food, but if it’s all salad, it’s good, right? What’s your favorite way to eat greens?
Bonus question: What does the phrase “salad days” actually mean?