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Your laziest salad

I just finished a lazy salad
Which was pears, orange, goat cheese, pistachios
Whats your laziest salad

(lazy salad post at my blog)

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  1. Iceberg lettuce and Miracle Whip

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      1. re: grampart

        Just like my grandmothers used to make. In south Texas, a ripe tomato and/or avocado could sneak in, too. I loved the pink juice at the bottom of the bowl.

        1. re: marthasway

          my sister when she was first married would make this same salad with diced tomatoes and lettuce cut not much larger, mixed in and blended with miracle whip. the juice was good. the salad was good (of course, this was back in the days of real tomatoes -- in florida) now i have to try this again -- it has been a long time.

          my laziest salad is romaine hearts with buttermilk ranch dressing, fresh pepper and croutons (preferably sourdough and garlic). extra effort, add a half can of chick peas.

      2. Actually this is such a great salad and so easy Ice berg chopped red wine Vin. evoo s&p and parm cheese. It is so good.

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        1. re: Analisas mom

          Mashed garlic mixed with salt, lemon juice and olive oil tossed over baby greens and a can of white beans...easy but I LOVE it.

        2. Fresh arugula w/lemon oil, grated parmesan, and a generous grind of black pepper. For added fanciness top with small shrimp.

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          1. re: linguafood

            On the fresh arugula note: Arugula, fresh lemon juice, EVOO, salt, pepper and a few ripe beautiful figs....

            and: heirloom tomatoes, salt, pepper, EVOO, balsamic. If I'm feeling motivated, I'll make some garlic croutons, or throw in some buffalo mozzarella, but most days, just the basic. So yummy, so much about the lazy days of summer. Can't wait for next season...

            1. re: moh

              I ran around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to find lemon (flavored, of course) oil. The closest I came was lemon flavored olive oil, which works, but isn't quite the same.

              I cannot wait for summer either, that's when the other super easy recipe kicks in: buffalo mozzarella, GOOD (!!!!) tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, s&p. I could have that every day of the week.... sigh. Ah well, it's just another, um, 4-5 months. Dang.

            2. re: linguafood

              Arugula also works well with evoo, finely diced feta, and black pepper.

              1. re: Ellen

                I just threw together an arugula salad yesterday, with piquillo peppers, leftover avocado, Spanish olive oil, sherry vinegar, salt and pepper - delicious.

            3. Shredded carrots and balsamic vinegar

              1. Thinly sliced cabbage with equal parts ranch dressing and balsamic vinegar. It's actually pretty good....

                1. Chunked avocado shaken (well!) with poppyseed dressing.

                  Cukes and/or tomatoes with a little oil and vinegar, S&P, whatever herb.

                  Spinach, sundried tomatoes, whatever seasoned almonds I have on hand, vegan cashew dressing. (I'm not vegan, or even vegetarian, but this stuff is soooooooo good. Sometimes I walk by the fridge and pour a little into my palm and lick it off. *hides* I'll post it below. Keeps for ages.)

                  I'm still fiddling with the proportions, but basically, blender the following, adding or subtracting to suit your taste:

                  1 cup plain soy milk
                  6 cloves garlic
                  1/2 cup cashews (raw or roasted work fine)
                  1/2 tsp black pepper
                  4 tbsp lemon juice (this is the biggest variable)
                  1 tbsp dijon mustard
                  1 tsp salt
                  a few dashes of MSG (really, this makes a huge difference)

                  1. This is a Jacques Pepin: empty a can of beets. Toss with sour cream, a splash of red wine vinegar, salt, pepper and chiffonaded basil. If you're a beet eater, it's great. If you want to get fancy, sprinkle some goat cheese over it, or toss it on top of greens - but that's not necessary.

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                    1. re: katecm

                      I have never tried canned beets! What a great idea though. Budget and time friendly, and **creamy. A few walnuts would be good on that, I bet.

                    2. Wedge of iceburg dressed with mix of ketchup, mayo, black pepper, and chili flakes--and I got this here on CH!

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                      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                        Grew up eating that wedge of iceberg with "pink dressing" (mayo, ketcup & relish bits) thanks in large part to my Grandfather who owned a series of NYC hotels. Wedge with "Russian dressing" was a huge hit in the 50-60's!

                        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                          On the same note, a wedge with blue cheese dressing (maybe a chopped tomato too)

                        2. I'm OK with a wedge of iceberg and some bottled Thousand Island, but for serving to other people my simplest, never-fail one is torn up leaf or romaine lettuce, some frisée, and a sliced-up Belgian endive, with some salt and pepper and olive oil plus a good sprinkle of raspberry vinegar. What makes this so "instant" is that I get the bagged "Just The Leaves" lettuce, bagged ready-to-use frisée, and three-pack trays of endives from Trader Joe's, and these keep for an amazingly long time in the crisper. The oil and the vinegar are always on my countertop.

                          If I want to fancy this up, a couple of sliced HB eggs, and some crumbled queso fresco from the Latino market down the street, make it into something good for any company.

                          1. Canned pear halves, Miracle Whip and grated cheddar cheese - shades of my childhood.

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                            1. re: Pampatz

                              i remember that one. that and canned pear with a small scoop of cottage cheese. (grew up in s. fla.)

                              1. re: alkapal

                                yessss! add some chopped English walnuts.....

                                1. re: toodie jane

                                  toodiejane, now you're bein' fancy! ;-)

                            2. Remove salad mix from bag. Drizzle with oil and balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle with salt.

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                              1. re: mordacity

                                THis was what I was gonna say. ;)

                              2. Coleslaw mix, seasoned rice vinegar, sesame seeds and a little fresh ginger.

                                Also chopped up belgian endive, chopped apples, gorgonzola and olive oil.

                                1. washed pre-bagged European greens with homemade vinaigrette.

                                  1. Arugula with some toasted pine nuts and parmesan or feta (whichever I have handy). Toss with olive oil first and then tossed with a little vinegar (balsamic, rice wine, or champagne). Salt and pepper. Serve.

                                    1. -shredded cabbage with soy sauce drizzled on top
                                      -peas, cubes of monterey jack cheese, and mayo
                                      -spring mix, sprouts, pepper, bottled cesar dressing

                                      1. My laziest is less about ingredients, and more about volume. I hate chopping up veggies, so if I want salad, I'll chop up enough to fill a large plastic container (~18 in diameter X ~4 in high. This way I have a few days worth

                                        Usually contains romaine, radish, cuke, and either radichio or red cabbage.

                                        1. Greens (preferably spinach) from a bag
                                          Dried tart cherries or cranberries from a bag
                                          Pre-toasted slivered almonds (I get them at TJs) from a bag
                                          blue cheese crumbles from a bag

                                          open 4 bags, dump, grind on some pepper and pour on a bit of whatever dressing is in the fridge. If no dressing, squeeze on some lemon juice and drizzle a bit of olive oil.

                                          1. korean style: cabbage mixed with equal parts ketchup/mayo

                                            also love baby arugula tossed with lemon juice/chicken drippings s& p

                                            1. all salads are "lazy."
                                              a frisee salad with lardons and a poached egg is both lazy and special. goes great with a bowl of homemade onion soup.

                                              1. cucumbers and/or tomatoes in balsamic vinegar & olive oil.

                                                cucumbers and onions in rice wine or other sweet vinegar. extra good with sesame oil. even better with lime, ginger & chiles, but this is less simple.

                                                also cucumbers and watermelon with the same vinegar-sesame-lime-ginger dressing. a brand new favorite.

                                                i guess the theme is cucumbers.

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                                                1. re: guate

                                                  Here's another lazy cucumber salad that my DH has placed on permanent rotation:
                                                  Sliced cucumbers dressed with mixture of mayo, rice vinegar, dill. Season with s+p.
                                                  Good with curries.

                                                  1. re: guate

                                                    Cucumbers cut into strips & mixed with rice wine vinegar, salt and sugar. Marinate and it gets better.

                                                  2. Torn romaine and Gazebo Room Greek Dressing (I think only available in NE...Pa, and MD.) It's like crack.

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                                                    1. re: crosby_p

                                                      Crosby...I'm in MD and have never heard of Gaxebo Room dressing. Where do you find it and what sort of dressing is it?

                                                    2. whatever greens are in my garden, long strips of parmesan and aged balsamic.

                                                      add tomato slices if you wish.

                                                      I learned this from the Frugal Gourmet on his balsamic vinegar episode, eons ago.

                                                      1. i almost always used bagged lettuce, i detest prep....

                                                        one very lazy:
                                                        throw some grape tomatoes in a bowl of bagged mixed greens
                                                        toss with some olive oil
                                                        sprinkle a little balsamic vinegar, fleur de sel and grind in some pepper, grate some cheese in
                                                        toss again

                                                        one not so lazy but not hard either:
                                                        mix some bagged mixed greens, sliced strawberries, fresh grated parm or other good hard cheese, pine nuts, minced shallots fleur de sel together
                                                        toss with some olive oil
                                                        retoss with some champagne vinegar

                                                        the champagne vinegar is lovely with the strawberries. depending on how sweet the strawberries are you can also reduce the vinegar a little (sweeter=reduced, nice contrast). i think my lazy trick for vinaigrettes is to toss everything with the oil before tossing with the vinegar, it keeps the vinegar from seeping into the greens and making them bitter. also you don't have to dirty another dish mixing it up (never understood that).

                                                        lotsa stuff but bottled dressing:
                                                        bagged, sliced up romaine lettuce
                                                        sliced tomatoes
                                                        alfalfa sprouts
                                                        julienned carrots
                                                        sliced red onion
                                                        annie's goddess dressing

                                                        i think i'll have a gigantic salad for dinner tonight. mmm.

                                                        1. Chopped tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese, with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.

                                                          1. My favorite lazy salad I got from someone on this board. Arugala, shaved parmesan drizzled with olive oil. That's it! Great when you don't want the salad to overpower the meal.

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                                                            1. re: Susan627

                                                              Add some toasted pinenuts and it ups the wow factor.

                                                            2. Greens, EVOO & a great vinegar, sea salt & FGTellicherry pepper... basically that's it.
                                                              OK not really - sometimes a shaving or crumbles of some cheese . Sometimes an addition of leftover vegetables, or meat, or fish, or.... OK... I have no lazy salad. I confess.

                                                              1. Okay. Another iceberg wedge. Mine is with bleu cheese dressing, best if homemade but some storeboughts are pretty good. Tie it to a steak and you've got dinner...! Don't need no freaking baked potato. But a nice robust red wine is nice.

                                                                1. fennel shredded on a benriner with either celery or red onion also shredded, then lemon juice or vinigar, oil, S&P. Cheese optional.

                                                                  1. Love your blog!

                                                                    Spring pea salad:
                                                                    Some blanched, frozen peas, diced celery, toasted walnuts or pecans, a handful of chopped dill, some dried cranberries, salt and pepper. Add gently to a bowl in which you've added this dressing: half plain yogurt, half mayonnaise. Toss timidly, eat heartily.

                                                                    1. my lazy salad is bagged greens, prepared beets (microwaved with vinegar) and goat cheese.

                                                                      My current salad is endive, pear or apple, candied nuts and goat cheese with pomegranate vinegar and honey. Or just the apple with the vinegar and honey, but you have to chop the apple, so its not especially lazy. Sometimes I add yogurt yp make it creamy.

                                                                      1. Tomato, dusting of soil, sea salt

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                                                                        1. re: Eat_Nopal

                                                                          mmmmmm... soil. for that extra touch of crunchiness '-)

                                                                          1. re: linguafood

                                                                            No, just dust or "terroir", like in French wine. Great idea, but I would add black pepper. There's been many a day that I've had a salad while working in my garden!

                                                                        2. A split avocado with hot sauce, salt, squeeze of lime. Cradle it in the palm of your hand and spoon out the luciousness with the other. You get to do it twice.

                                                                          Lazy as a neutered housecat. Most effective in a hammock. Almost daily for me.

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                                                                          1. re: Veggo

                                                                            cool. immersed in a pool of novocaine.

                                                                          2. I buy my (lazy) broccoli salad from Henry's.

                                                                            Otherwise, I toss together cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella (bocconcini), olive oil & salt.

                                                                            1. butter lettuce, topped with fresh lemon juice, olive oil. sea salt, fresh cracked pepper. so much more than the sum of its parts.

                                                                              greek salad with the red onion soaked in champagne vinegar to get the sharpness out. chunked cucumber, ripe tomatoes, feta. no green peppers. more vinegar, olive oil and s&p.

                                                                              any greens with avocado and cherry tomatoes and a drizzle of lemon.

                                                                              wow, i'm drooling.

                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                  five words. whole food indian salad bar :)

                                                                                  1. re: HillJ

                                                                                    hmmm, i don't know where you are, but i've never seen an indian salad bar at WFM.

                                                                                    do you mean a salad bar at an indian restaurant?

                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                      I'm in NJ. The Indian station is avail at our local WF; the lunch selections are fabulous; mostly hot but a few yogurt/cuke/chickpea cold salads are avail too.

                                                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                                                        oooh, i think i may have walked by a similar setup the last time i was at the one in edgewater in december.

                                                                                        fun. they don't have that at the WFMs here in LA, but i'm moving back east in 2 weeks...yet another bonus about going home ;)

                                                                                2. Bag o'salad is the laziest ever. But if I don't want bag o'salad I have a nice recipe for a simple vinegar coleslaw. Chop up a head of cabbage and an onion or two, and put in a large bowl. Pour 3/4 cup of sugar over it. Bring a cup of vinegar and a cup of oil to boil with a teaspoon of celery seed, a teaspoon of mustard, and a teaspoon and a half of salt. When it's boiling, pour it over the cabbage and stir. Stick it in the fridge for an hour.

                                                                                  1. I commented elsewhere here that I've had salad "au naturel" in my garden (and I don't mean naked). I mean picking things and sticking them in my mouth.
                                                                                    Beyond that I suggest baby spinach, dried cranberries, avocado, nuts, crumbled bleu or feta and balsamic and avocado oil or olive oil. Perhaps not as easy as opening a bag but it can be done in a couple of minutes.

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                                                                                    1. re: Scargod

                                                                                      I have done that... while being naked.. .its the best!

                                                                                      1. re: Eat_Nopal

                                                                                        I'm glad I'm not a nosey neighbour.

                                                                                        1. re: OCAnn

                                                                                          Perhaps you should be. Might see some vegetable eating technique you would want to try!
                                                                                          Seriously I have scampered out in the night to retrieve herbs and been accosted by copperheads while I was bare-footed. I did a high-stepping dance!

                                                                                          1. re: Scargod

                                                                                            scargod, what kind of herbs (and urgency) warranted copperhead trail? yikes!

                                                                                            1. re: alkapal

                                                                                              Oregano for sauce, probably. This was on a lake near DFW. Lots of snakes. I killed copperheads regularly. At dusk they would come out to feed.

                                                                                    2. Tomatoes and avocado with a pocket knife on Sabalo beach in Mazatlan.

                                                                                      1. this is good to fill up a plate when you don't want to cook or otherwise compose a veggie side:
                                                                                        rip off some whole (clean) romaine heart leaves, put on plate, squeeze lemon wedge over, very lightly sprinkle with sea salt & fresh pepper. put dollop of aioli or other creamy leftover dressing next to.

                                                                                        as you eat dinner, pick up leaves with hands, dip in aioli/dressing, take bite. repeat. awesome. do the same thing for the next dinner and the next until the head of romaine is gone.

                                                                                        1. Just had a v. lazy one - baby arugula (in a box, washed), pre-roasted hazelnuts, chopped, grated ricotta salata, olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt & pepper. Delicious.

                                                                                          1. Any greens topped with Walnut Oil (1 L from Costco for like $8) This is simply the richest warmest deepest tasting oil, I add reduced balsamic syrup and sea salt...
                                                                                            I haven't used a drop of any other salad dressing since I bought that walnut oil!

                                                                                            1. April Bon Appetite has a romaine wedge that takes about 5 minutes and is fabulous. I've made it for "just us" and for company and everyone raves! The only thing I add is tomato.

                                                                                              1. When I was in college my roomate use to work at an Italian place that was family owned. this is how they made their house salad. So simple and so good.Chopped iceberg kosher salt. red wine vinegar evoo garlic powder and grated parm right out of the green can. I still make it and my family and friends love it. I also add fresh ground blavk pepper.

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                                                                                                1. re: Analisas mom

                                                                                                  I grew up in New Jersey and that was how all the mom and pop Italian restos made it. Delicious! In summer my favorite lazy salad is caprese: sliced tomato, mozz cheese, fresh basil, olive oil and s&p. That's the taste of summer to me.

                                                                                                2. Whatever greens I have lying around (usually some leafy, red-tipped lettuce) and some cubes of feta packed in oil. The oil in the feta is used as dressing.

                                                                                                  1. romaine w/ olive oil, truffle oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper

                                                                                                    1. Greens, red onion, citrus (orange, grapefruit, etc), + dressing (splash of olive oil, red wine vinegar, balsamic, and a pinch of salt).

                                                                                                      Either that or greens and carrots with miso dressing (we make it homemade- keeps for weeks in a jar on the fridge door).

                                                                                                      1. Tzatziki from Costco with extra cucumber and tomatoes mixed in - fabulous! Especially with lamb chops.

                                                                                                        1. I'm surprise, not too many coleslaw ideas: I love cole slaw bag mixed with walnuts, dressing is vinegar, sugar and oil. And if energetic I start adding whatevers in the vicinity.

                                                                                                          1. arrugula with lemon flavored olive oil and shaved parmesan.

                                                                                                            1. I guess wilted lettuce is pretty lazy, too. Last summer when I first started on my CSA and was getting more lettuce than I knew what to do with, I had a lot of wilted lettuce. The only effort involved, after the lettuce had been washed, which i did when it first arrived in my house, was frying up some bacon. Had that for lunch, or even an afternoon snack, several days till the lettuce ran out.

                                                                                                              1. And my two cents worth...

                                                                                                                A beautiful tomato, slice, S & P, and drizzle of olive oil.

                                                                                                                Chopped cabbage and mayo mixed with Bronco Bob's Raspberry Chipotle sauce. Or the apricot one, or the mango one. I like 'em all.

                                                                                                                1. I grew up eating this, and it's so awesome:

                                                                                                                  Tomatoes tossed first in EVOO, then red wine vinegar, s+p, and lots of dried oregano. Let it sit for an hour if possible. Thinly sliced cukes in here are good, too.

                                                                                                                  Normally every salad I make involves homemade dressing. This is my go-to cop out.

                                                                                                                  1. Last night's: diced orange, diced avocado, one scallion thinly sliced, chopped cilantro, salt, dash of chili powder and drizzled with lime juice. Smaller dice and I would have had a good salsa.

                                                                                                                    1. chopped tomatoes, diced red onions, TJ's fat free balsamic vinegarette. let marinate. eat.

                                                                                                                      shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, shredded chicken breast, grilled diced eggplant, basil, balsamic vinegar.

                                                                                                                      1. When having a big party, I like to put out a big antipasto plate: Charcuterie, olives, roasted peppers, marinated eggplant, marinated mushrooms and artichokes, sliced boccacini, balsamic vinegar marinated cippoline onions, whatever looks good at the store. There is invariably a bunch of ingredients left in the fridge at the end of an evening because you can't put it all out on the plate. Whenever I have this situation, the next day I'll throw the remaining ingredients in a bowl, cut up some tomato wedges, thinly slice some celery, add lemon juice and good olive oil and mix it all up, serve the salad with good crusty bread. The nice thing is then I don't have a bunch of half-filled plastic containers in the fridge. And the mix of everything is quite yummy and beautiful to look at. I got this recipe out of the Moosewood cooks at home book.

                                                                                                                        1. whatever it is, it must have dried cranberries and red onions. the contrast between the sweet/tart cranberries and the bite of the red onions is phenomenal.

                                                                                                                          1. Call me crazy, but I don't think any salads are easy. As much as I love them, we don't eat them a lot because of the time it takes to wash and dry lettuce, etc. Lots of work for a side, IMHO. That said, I love Boston lettuce, salt, pepper, lemon juice and white truffle oil.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: vvv03

                                                                                                                                heretical as it may be, sometimes that pre-packaged, pre-washed, pre-cut Shredded Lettuce or Lettuce Shreds is just a lifesaver... that's if you like iceberg, which I happen to...

                                                                                                                              2. cukes tomatoes and red wine vinagrette

                                                                                                                                1. Cherry tomatoes cut in half, a little chopped onion, lots of fresh basil cut in strips, good olive oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh ground black pepper. Great with grilled or roasted chicken!

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: OCEllen

                                                                                                                                    apple, shaved parm, arugula, pine nuts or raisins if i have em.

                                                                                                                                  2. One bag of frozen corn and peas add chopped red onion and Italian dressing. It's best you marinade it for a few hours if you can.

                                                                                                                                    1. Just made one with cubes of fresh mozzarella, grape tomatoes cut in half, a dollop of pesto (I didn't have basil), olive oil and a splash of red wine vinegar.
                                                                                                                                      It was pretty tasty.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: vvv03

                                                                                                                                        i make this type of salad all the time - absolutely love it!

                                                                                                                                      2. Bag of salad, sliced tomato and avocado, salt pepper, olive oil, vinegar, and cooked shrimp or canned tuna.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: DanInCambridge

                                                                                                                                          Stand in front of open fridge. Tear chunks of iceberg lettuce from the head and pour salad dressing of your choice (mine is blue cheese) onto chunks. Pop in your mouth and repeat until full. Really easy. Surprisingly good.

                                                                                                                                        2. Hoping I'm not re-posting...

                                                                                                                                          Shaved fennel with salt, lemon juice and a little olive oil
                                                                                                                                          Chopped cucumber and tomato with mint, cilantro, lime juice, coarse salt and minced chilies
                                                                                                                                          Thawed peas, mint and parsley, salt, plain yogurt
                                                                                                                                          Fresh tofu, cubed, with sesame oil, soy sauce, toasted sesame seeds and chopped scallions

                                                                                                                                          1. My new laziest....
                                                                                                                                            -can of Trader Joe's marinated bean salad
                                                                                                                                            -chopped celery
                                                                                                                                            -spam (optional)

                                                                                                                                            1. Oranges, red onions, olive oil, salt, pepper. So, so good and lovely.

                                                                                                                                              1. Steamed soya beans, corn kernels, grape tomatoes, cilantro, pea sprouts and green onions mixed with a dressing of lemon juice, rice vinegar, honey and evo. So springy, sooooooo good.

                                                                                                                                                1. Iceberg lettuce, pineapple chucks, salt,pepper and a "dollop" of mayo. Cool and refreshing.

                                                                                                                                                  1. So we had this sliced tongue in gelatin made by a local sausage maker here... Plus some small balls of goat cheese marinated in herbes de Provence and olive oil made by young Greek nuns.

                                                                                                                                                    Laid out the slices of tongue in gelatin on a large plate. Cut a few cocktail tomatoes in half, threw them on top. Threw a few balls of goat's cheese on top. Made a quick dressing out of olive oil and herbs from the goats cheese (just spooned some out), sherry vinegar, a bit of garlic, Dijon mustard and salt and pepper. Tossed a few leftover pieces of Boston lettuce that were sitting in the fridge in some of the dressing, sprinkled some dressing on the tomatoes and meat, plopped the lettuce onto the top of the meat, then ate with delight. Took a grand total of 5 minutes to make, and it was delicious! Cleaned out a bunch of leftover items from the fridge too.