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Monday, May 4, 2009
Normally I wouldn't think anything unusual of throwing together a salad like this. It's what's for lunch quite regularly. Only lately I've served it up to a few friends/family and they seem to think it is out of this world good. Me? I'm thinking not only is it ordinary it is very easy to put together.
Many of the ingredients come right from the garden which is what delights the taste buds so. Sorry. I have no measurements (which is how I cook, too) but I'm going to share the list of ingredients ... just for those of you who might want to put together the same combination. Or for those of you that might just need a little inspiration to get out a sharp knife and start chopping away at a healthy meal. You will just have to "feel" your way through the proportions like I do. And have your own fun adding more of your favorites to it or whatever is in your garden.
I'm warning you though. You won't want another salad once you taste this one.
Fresh romaine (chopped thinly)
Fresh basil (chopped thinly)
Fresh zucchini and fresh summer squash (either grated or diced)
Fresh wando peas (chopped)
Fresh Bell Pepper (you guessed it- chopped in small chunks or thin slices)
Fresh radishes (sliced thinly and then again long ways making little radish sticks)
Chopped almonds (I prefer chopping whole almonds for the extra crunch vs. using the ready-sliced almonds )
Baby Portabella (don't you love that word?) mushrooms
A fine layer of shredded Parmesan cheese
A layer of finely chunky feta cheese
A layer of Craisins
Half of a Fuji apple chopped in small chunks
Several strawberries sliced however you like them
Squeeze a half of fresh lemon and salt and pepper to taste... or not.
Add your choice of dressing or eat it without.