Wednesday, June 04, 2014

F is for Fresh and Delicious

So when summer time heat hits, I get motivated to make big delicious fresh salads. We are not talking side salads, but huge full dinner salads. Most people I know don't eat this way, but it is THM-friendly, and we eat this meal all summer long and well into the fall. All my kids like it and it is very good for you to boot! This is what I am talking about:

Does that look good to you? It was certainly good tonight! 
This feeds seven people with leftovers for a few lunches tomorrow. 

First I start with three heads of Romaine lettuce and cut it into edible pieces. Romaine is the best lettuce out there and this is why I use it. Look at all that beautiful deep green goodness!

Then comes the good stuff! This salad is flexible, of course, and you can add whatever you like. I was missing avocado and blue cheese crumbles, but that was about the only thing. I always add as many veggies as I can because it gives each bite a different flavor. What are your favorites?

I often add beans and one of our family favorites are garbanzo beans. Do you like beans in your salads? After eating a wickedly good salad at Buca di Beppo with salami pieces in it, I decided to try it in my own salad at home. It is so good! So I added these two tonight too:

When I cut up a salad, I love the color changes that happen as I add one veggie after another. If I had little ones, I'd probably call them up and go through the colors with them. I think the colors God gives us in our food bless us visually and physically. That might sound a little silly, but I love color and love to eat it too! :)

In order for a big salad to be a solid meal that will fill all my peeps, it has to have some real protein. I know I added salami and garbanzo beans, but they don't have the power punch that meat does. Sometimes I add hard boiled eggs too, but not today. Today I added chicken breasts and bacon!

Once I cut these up and add them, I move on to the dressing. I make it from scratch and it is really good! I use these four things:

This is the recipe:

Kate's Homemade Dressing

1/2 C Apple Cider Vinegar
3 T Bragg Liquid Aminos
3/4 C olive oil
2 T Gulden's Mustard (or any brown mustard)

Pour it in the jar, shake, and enjoy. If I am not in a hurry to eat it right away, I add two crushed garlic cloves to the dressing and let it mix together. It adds a whole different punch to it that is really good. This recipe is also good over steamed veggies or on baked potatoes or as a pasta salad dressing. 

So that's a summer dinner for you! What do you like to eat when it is HOT in your home?

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Michele said...

Yum! Hold dinner for me- I will be right over!

Anonymous said...

Looks yummy! What are liquid aminos? - Lori

Kate said...


I don't know how to explain what it is so I will link it. :D



kewkew said...

Oh, my, this looks fabulous!

Unknown said...

Yum! I'm going to try your dressing recipe. Thanks! I need to mix it up! I also often add beans to my salad, but usually it's black beans. If I'm lucky, I'll get to eat some of them before our preschooler eats them all! Ha! He loves black beans!

Jenn H. said...

Yum! I'm doing this tonight. I just seem to lose all motivation to cook in the summer. Hubs grills outside a lot. I've been trying to force myself to get into the mood for a healthy salad, and I think you just managed to make it sound very appealing!

Kate said...


Have him grill a few extra chicken breasts next time! The grilled chicken in the salad is really good!

:) Kate