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Jul 31, 2006 06:57 PM



I'm trying to eat more salads and have become very bored of mine.
They have been quite simple....lettuce, cherry tomatoes, raisins, olives, parmesan cheese, or baby mozarella balls, cucumbers, croutons, mandarin oranges. (Not all of these items together but a different combination each time). I love salad dressings and these make my salad. My new one is a miso salad dressing.

Anybody have some suggestions or ideas of ways to jazz up my salad or different things to add to it?



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  1. What about using grains as the base for your salads, instead of greens? Farro is really good, as are fregola, quinoa, coarse bulgar wheat, and cous-cous. You can add veggies and cheese, and any dressing you want. These salads hold up well in the fridge and make wonderful lunches. They'll keep well for a few hours at room temp, so they're perfect to take to the office.

    1. How about adding:

      - Falafels
      - Grilled chicken, steak, fish, shrimp, etc.
      - Nuts
      - Grilled veggies (asparagus, zucchini, etc.)
      - Fruit: Watermelon, strawberries, etc.

      Or making a taco salad, italian chopped salad, nicoise, louie,...

      1. A second vote for grain salads. They've been a staple for us this awful summer.

        For a change, try Caesar salad or tzatziki. Or a basil-mozzarella-tomato salad. Spinach, feta and bacon. Wilted salads, I make these with a hot salad dressing. Jicama slaw. That's all that come to mind right now, I'm sure there are lots of others.

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        1. re: cheryl_h

          How could I forget? Pasta salads. I make an orzo salad both as a side and as a main during hot weather. It's loosely based on this:

        2. I made this wild rice one from Paula last week (altered it to my liking) and we really enjoyed it. however, you do end up with too much dressing, so pour on slowly until desired amout.

          1. I had an Orzo salad today with a lot of diced-up veggies. Last week I got real creative with some bean salads. Tabouli & Hummus or Babaganoosh with pita bread.