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Build Your Own Salad

 

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Toss It!
Tired of cucumbers, tomatoes, black olives, and raw peppers?

Your bowl of Romaine is a blank canvas.

Keep a few different homemade dressings and some of these fun ingredients chopped up in the fridge for easy mixing-and-matching and a new salad every day.

  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Supremed orange segments (learn how to cut citrus supremes here)
  • Green olives
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Celery ribs
  • Kohlrabi
  • Avocado
  • Sauteed mushrooms (add a little white wine while cooking)
  • Cooked brown rice
  • Corn kernels
  • Carrots (pulsed once in food processor so they are still crunchy but easy to eat)
  • Roasted peppers
  • Roasted beets!
  • Mango
  • Grapes
  • Craisins
  • Jicama
  • Peaches
  • Asian Pears
  • The Fun Stuff
  • Croutons
  • Candied Pecans (I love Diamond Pecan Pie Pecans)
  • Slivered Almonds
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Crushed Taco Chips
  • Pita Chips
  • Feta Cheese
  • Goat Cheese
  • Chunks of Fresh Mozzarella

You’re never fully dressed without…a good emulsion. Shake these dressings up and keep them in your fridge and the lonely veggies in your produce drawer will always have something to wear.

Toasted Sesame Salad – I like the Orange Soy Vinaigrette served over Romaine, avocados, clementines or supremed citrus, and toasted sesame seeds.

Go South Salad – what pairs well with the hot flavors of the Creamy Sriracha Dressing? Romaine with raw or roasted peppers, sweet corn kernels, carrots, avocados, tortilla chips, baby corn, cucumbers, tomatoes—your pick! Or—add a protein and throw it all in a wrap, using the dressing both in the wrap and as a dip.

Caesar with a Punch – Use the Classic Caesar Dressing with Romaine, croutons, thinly sliced fennel, capers or cannellini beans, and sun-dried tomatoes. Add Parmesan cheese if you’re making yours dairy.

Roasted Beet and Mango Salad – Mix sweet roasted beets with Romaine, grapes, mangos, candied pecans, hearts of palm, and cucumbers, and toss with the Fruity Balsamic Dressing for a salad with a sweeter side. I like using golden beets so there’s less mess and no color bleeding.

Tomato and Arugula Salad – Toss sliced sweet summer grape or cherry tomatoes with arugula with the Green Goddess Dressing.

Mediterranean Fusion Salad – Toss the Lemon Basil Dressing with roasted red peppers, tomatoes, black olives, feta cheese, slivered almonds, and fried eggplant for a salad that spans the sunniest sea.

All the dressing recipes can be found here:

Caesar Dressing

Green Goddess Dressing

Lemon Basil Dressing

Creamy Sriracha Dressing

Orange Soy Vinaigrette

Fruity Balsamic Dressing

As seen in Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller Magazine – Summer 2013 – Subscribe Now

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3 Responses to Build Your Own Salad

  1. Great idea for group gatherings: fresh salad bar. Love it. Love the variations.

  2. Love the variety; this is a great idea for parties.

  3. I love all of these dressing ideas! This is perfect!

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