Mother's Day Salad Ideas
I'm doing early dinner for mom and wanted to start with a salad that really kicks, something she can really sink her teeth into. In my family a salad wasn't a salad unless it had fruit and nuts in it. Examples include, but are not limited to raisins in vinaigrette and walnuts or slivered apples and almonds.
So I'm wondering if there's a salad that you remember that was truly memorable that you would recommend.
My step daughter did a fantastic grilled veg salad for Easter the was phenominal, I have since made it a couple times (although it doesn't have fruits or nuts, I don't see why not they can't be added) - the dressing is to die for:
I did mushroooms, yellow squash, zucchini, italian peppers, red onions.
I'll second the grilled Romaine idea, but to that greenry add Florida Salad ingredients: radishes or daikon dice; jicama dice, mandarin orange wedges, cherry/grape tomatoes, diced fennel, Pecans or Walnuts. Serve with a fresh citrus viniagrette.
One of my favorite salads is a layered one--bottom greens w/ an orange viniagrette, layer of either papaya or mandarin oranges (something orange for the color), layer of avocados w/ same dressing and then a layer of crab w/ the same dressing. It's so pretty and delicious. We do it in a round using a small can, both ends off and then carefully remove.
that's been my standard salad for years!! except i use gorgonzola instead of goat cheese.
my go-to-salad is an herbed greens mix, roasted asparagus, peppadew chevre, halved grape tomatoes, red onion, toasted almond slivers, english cucumbers, and a balsamic vinaigrette. just so delicious. Dried cranberries would be a delicious addition though
Our family's favorite summer salad is mixed greens, sliced nectarines and grilled chicken with a light raspberry vinaigrette. Yum.
Two salads I serve together on a platter of assorted greens (especially great with bitter greens):
Mango, cucumber and gingered noodles - cellophane noodles cooked and well dried, thinly sliced english cucumber, scallions thinly sliced, mango thinly sliced, carrots finely jullienned, lots of cilantro leaves.
Papaya and avacado - cube papaya, cube avacado, thinly sliced scallions, celery small dice
Dressing for both salads - 6T rice wine vinegar, 1 1/2t olive oil, 1 1/2t fresh ginger, 1+t minced jalapeno or serrano, 1 clove garlic, lemon juice, zest (limes can be substituted as can red pepper flakes. Blend until smooth and let rest a bit. Dress the noodles separately and layer on top of the greens, then add the salad and drizzle dressing over both salads. Top with pepito seeds.
Another favorite standard salad: pears, blue cheese, walnuts, celery dressed with fage yogurt (and a touch of mayo) over greens.
That sounds wonderful! I will have to try that.
One of my favorites is one I duplicated from a local salad/sandwich place. It's so easy: lettuce or spinach of your choice, chopped turkey, candied pecans, strawberries, mandarin oranges, and a sweet dressing of some kind like honey-lime, honey mustard, citrus herb, or poppy seed. The restaurant one comes with gorgonzola cheese too, but it's not my favorite so I leave it off and sometimes put cheddar cheese instead.
This is an absolutely delicious salad. I eat it for breakfast when the dressing is around, it's so good.
Festive Tossed Salad
1/2 cup sugar (I typically use agave syrup instead)
1/3 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2-3 teaspoons poppy seed
In a blender of food processor, combine the sugar, vinegar, lemon juice, onion and salt. Cover and process until blended. With blender running, gradually add oil. Add poppy seeds and blend.
10 cups torn romaine
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1-2 medium apples, cored and cubed
1-2 medium pears, cored and cubed (optional)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2-1 cup chopped cashews
In a salad bowl, combine the romaine, Swiss cheese, apple, pear and cranberries. Drizzle with desired amount of dressing. Add cashews, toss to coat. Serve immediately.