Marinated Shrimp Salad Gluten Free Nut Free Soy Free
It is slightly bitter but also has a bite to it and it s important to tear it into small pieces. One of our great dinner-table pastimes at the cottage is guessing what s in the salad. My father in law usually puts twenty or more garden ingredients in. Here are some of the others he grows and tosses into salads usually just a handful of each. First a couple of perennial herbs grow outside the garden fence (because the deer don t seem to find these herbs that interesting. One is bee balm or bergamot; it grows leaves that taste like Earl Grey tea and gorgeous scarlet red flowers that can be torn into their individual florets the florets tossed into the salad for visual effect. A half dozen bergamot leaves in small pieces is all you d want in a large salad.
They certainly add a great deal of flavor to the mix besides making the salad more filling and satisfying. Other alternatives can be seafood ham or turkey if you have the budget. Or if you want to add some more protein get some eggs into the mix (but not too much of course). Don t forget to top your salad off afterwards before serving them. For toppings you can use croutons bacon bits seeds or nuts or even a combination of these options. Adding some cheese for the salad climax can add more substance to the presentation. Afterwards let s get on to the dressings and we re all done. If you want a change to the ordinary main course salad you re used to eat try exploring other flavors to make the dish more exciting. Try making the salad with Mexican or Asian fixings to provide some spice or sweetness whichever you prefer.
But maybe that s just American. In any case salad can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. It can be as complex or a simple as you desire. This cucumber salad is simple. It s an easy fast way to add a serving or two of those 5-a-Day to your diet. I learned long ago that adding a simple salad to the beginning of your meal is ideal in getting those veggies worked in. It keeps the menu planning down to manageable and it can cost-conscious especially when using in season vegetables. It s all about KISS = Keep it Simple Silly! One vegetable one salad one course. By doing KISSing it you ll have a wider choice of first courses using one fresh vegetable: tomatoes grated carrots grated root celery have an avocado grapefruit beets mushrooms... You can always jazz up each salad with something different a fresh herb for example or a different nut oil or vinegar. I choose a vegetable for my first course salad then I let my inner cravings tell me which way to jazz it up.