But… those are LEAVES, you don’t eat them!

Title = fun quote from an episode of Jamie’s School Dinners, where Jamie Oliver was trying to educate a woman on the benefits of feeding her family salad.

Speaking of Salad…

In an effort to do a little pre-emptive healthy eating before the base hedonism of the Christmas Food Fest, I’ve been trying to eat a salad for lunch every day.

Unfortunately I’m getting a bit bored of my standard combinations of greens + veggies + proteins + carbs + dressing.

So, gentle readers, I’m asking you to pony up your salad suggestions. All I ask is that the combinations go thusly:

-Large portion of greens & veggies
-Small portion of protein
-Small portion of carbs
-preference for homemade dressing (though really, if you suggest a style, there’s probably a recipe for making it out there somewhere that I can find).

And because everyone can use a new salad combo, here are the two I’ve been having the most often so far:

Tuna Salad
1/2 can of Tuna (packed in water, drained)
5 tiny dill pickles, diced
mixed with 1 tbsp mayo
served over2c. Baby Greens
Side of what thins crackers

Spinach Salad
1/2 oz Blue Cheese, crumbled
5 or 6 slices red onion
2c baby spinach greens
tossed withdijon vinaigrette
(2 parts olive oil to 1 part red wine vinegar, dollop of dijon mustard & smaller dollop of honey – whisk together & season with salt & pepper)
Side of cornbread

What about you? What greeny delights get your mojo going?

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8 thoughts on “But… those are LEAVES, you don’t eat them!

  1. Tasha

    My favourite salad to make is

    Spinach and sometimes add in romaine or leaf lettuce
    Tomato
    Cucumber
    Shredded carrots
    Red/Orange/Yellow Pepper (whichever is in the fridge)
    Tuna
    Sunflower/Pumpkin seeds
    Some variety of sprouts

    I do it so about half the volume is in greens, half in the rest, and it makes for a hearty salad

    And I use any greek style dressing I can find, or just olive oil, squeeze of lemon, oregano, pepper with a little finely crumbled feta.

    I don’t find any need for starchy carbs after that, but sometimes I have a bit of pita bread, too, even scoop some of the (rather heavy) salad into it and have it that way.

    Mmm Mmm Good

  2. Mark

    Bacon.
    Topped with bacon.
    Have you tried bacon salad? bacon, celery, mayo, a little dijon…

    actually that doesn’t sound too bad 🙂

    EVERYTHING’s better with bacon.

    If I were George Costanza, I think the holy trinity would be eating BACON in bed, while watching tv and having sex. or maybe just some bacon sizzling in a pan NEXT to the bed for the full sense overload.

    I tell ya, if I ever met that girl from “Hot Shots”, Little Sizzling Belly, it’d be all over for me…

  3. Helen

    One of my favourite salads to make:

    Baby spinach
    Small bits of avocado
    Feta cheese
    Raisins
    Tomatoes (optional, I just love tomatoes)
    Thinly sliced red onions (also optional, especially if eating at work)
    Sweet dressing of your choice – I usually go for raspberry viniagrette

    I know this is a pretty routine salad but it can be really spiced up if you go creative on the type of raisin + type of cheese combination (like say going for aged cheddar, which is pretty strong, and white raisins).

    Another semi-off-topic suggestion is make a quiche! Technically it’s breakfast food(so semi-low-cal), it can be eaten hot OR cold, usually contains greens and personally I find them to be quite filling (and I have an awesome recipe if you’re interested)

  4. jen

    quinoa greek salad – quinoa, tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, whatever other veggies you like, greens, feta cheese, some kind of vinaigrette (lemon juice, white wine vinegar, flaxseed oil and thyme is good), salt and pepper… mmm. could also add some tofu, or chicken.

    satay salad – spinach, rice noodles, avocado, tofu (or chicken), peanut sauce (pb, ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar), greens

    sushi salad – sushi rice, edamame (shelled), peppers, avocado, tofu, whatever other sushi toppings you like, crumbled nori, bit of wasabi, bit of ginger – could serve this all over greens

    taco salad – beans (i like black or chickpea), peppers, corn, tomatoes, avocadoes, salsa, guacamole, greens, eaten in a tortilla. mango and pineapple are also good in this. again, could add chicken.

    hope that helps!

  5. colleen coplick

    My hands down favourite salad is:

    tomato
    avacado
    black olives
    tuna
    white onion
    fresh basil

    toss with olive oil and sea salt, serve over mixed greens. let it sit for a bit before eating.

    Also will second he taco salad above. SO good.

  6. peechie Post author

    Y’all have my mouth watering now! These all sound awesome, can’t wait to try them! You seriously put my basic salads to shame. Thanks!

  7. Airdrie

    Goat Cheese crumbled on fresh Red-Leaf Lettuce. Sprinkle with sliced dried dates (seedless), and lightly dress with this dressing: quarter cup extra-virgin olive oil, one Tbsp. red-wine vinegar, one Tbsp. soy-sauce, fresh ground pepper. Toss until cheese is blending with dressing.

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