Friday, August 26, 2011

Just a Salad

By Heather Webber/ Heather Blake

Thanks to my (mostly) gluten free diet, I eat salads most days for lunch. I figure if I have to eat all those salads, I ought to at least have the goodies I want atop it.

And I like lots of goodies.

My salads typically consist of romaine lettuce, cheddar cheese cubes, bacon bits (that I fry and crumble myself), black olives, and occasionally Boar’s Head ham strips. I have to be careful with salad dressings (also have to be GF), so I usually alternate between French and raspberry vinaigrette. I’m wild and crazy, I know.

The thing is that lately I’ve noticed less and less lettuce on my plate and more and more toppings... And if that’s wrong, I don’t really want to be right.

What are your favorite salad toppings? Anything unusual?

14 comments:

Laineshots said...

Oh, the temptation to load a salad down with goodies! I love the extras too, but I try to keep them healthy. My typical salad calls for a mixture of lettuces - I like the dark ones - and baby spinach; lots of small veggies, plenty of nuts, seeds, and unsweetened dried berries; and I can't resist a sprinkling of cheese - goat cheese if possible, but I'll warmly accept any real cheese. Dressings, I vary, but I keep them low in sugar and olive-oil based. I don't want my salad too rich and caloriffic, but it's got to be filling, y'know?

Sue said...

my favorite lettace is butter lettace. Top that with tomatoes, cucumber, peas, cheese, croutons, (sorry Heather)grilled chicken, bacon bits, some cauliflower, and broccoli, on the side a sprinkling of shredded carrots, pickled beets, (also on the side) and blu cheese dressing

Nancy said...

Oh, I'm with Sue! I could eat her salad. The only thing I would add are radishes. Radishes always remind me of my father's garden.

Barbara said...

I love spinach, greens, chick peas, tomatoes, cukes, green peppers, croutons (oops) and shredded carrots. For an already made salad, I adore Appleby's pecan crusted chicken salad. Sooo good!

It amazes me how many people have to be gluten-free now. Never heard of such a diet until a few years ago. What did people do in prior years - suffer?

Sonia said...

I'm currently smitten with polenta croutons. I have yet to make them but the ones I've eaten at restaurants are crispy, yet tender, and so flavorful. I can't wait to try them on my own!

Tammy said...

Hey, I'm allergic to gluten also! And Barbara, I think mostly people just didn't know what was wrong with them and suffered, yes. Or went totally without bread, ever (there are lots of options these days).

I'm a fan of cheese on my salad, whether shredded or crumbles. And broccoli. Now I'm hungry.

Michele L. said...

Yum! I absolutely love salads! I could eat them all the time! I love salad bars also but around here all the restaurants have taken out their salad bars. So I am bummed out by that.

My favorite toppings are sunflower seeds, croutons, dried cranberries, cheese crumbles, strawberries, blueberries, apple slices, broccoli, green onions, green peppers, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and grilled chicken pieces. Don't care for steak in my salad.

As for salad dressings I love poppy seed, raspberry viniagrette, fuji apple dressing, italian dressing, and sometimes ceasar and ranch dressings.

Actually, I think I will have a salad today for lunch!

Aurian said...

I don't each much salad, but it usually has boiled eggs, tomato, bell pepper, cheese, pickles and pickled silver onions in it.

But I just read a delicioud recipe on a friends blog you might love:
http://www.leontinesbookrealm.com/

No idea what some of the things in the recipe are though.

Books by Heather said...

I wish I was more a fan of raw veggies (love them cooked!). I could probably add an egg... Maybe some nuts. Maybe. Let's not go crazy!

Fortunately, I'm only gluten sensitive. It's still a struggle, but I can cheat once in a while.

Shel said...

Since I don't have to worry about gluten and happen to like veggies, I'm pretty wild and crazy with the salad. I like hard boiled eggs, cheese, green peas, cucumber, radishes, mushrooms, raw broccoli/cauliflower. But then I go and ruin it all by adding my (hardly fat free) ranch dressing... *grin*.
Let me tell you, finding a salad bar with all that on it around here is difficult...

Barbara said...

Forgot to mention dressing in my earlier post. I've taken a cue from the Cuban men my husband used to work with and use a lemon or lime slice, squeezing it over my salad. Fresh taste and no calories!

Vickie said...

Black beans, smoked ham, chopped boiled egg, broccoli, tomatoes, feta cheese, asparagus, grilled zucchini, corn....

Nancy said...

It's all wonderful - bacon, mmm, cheese, yum, peas and cheese...I am now so hungry for a salad and I haven't yet had breakfast.

FirstOfMay said...

I love to top my salads with shredded cheese, hard boiled eggs, ham, turkey and croutons. For a dressing, I usually like Ranch (any flavor of Ranch, but right now I'm really into the Spicy Ranch). Depending on my mood, I also like Creamy Italian, an onion one I can't think of the name. I don't usually use French or Catalina, but if I had to pick from the 2, I'd pick Catalina.