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May 10, 2012 02:26 PM

Happy National Salad Month!

May is National Salad Month.

So far this month, I've only made horiatiki (Greek village salad) and maroulosalata (romaine with dill & green onion).

Looking for some inspiration!

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  1. Since I have some Fishing Vessel St. Jude albacore to use up, it will have to be salade ni├žoise. I never use this for a tuna sandwich.

    1. Earlier this week, I marinated a can of chickpeas with a clove of garlic, 1/8 finely minced white onion, fresh thyme, EVOO and roasted garlic rice vinegar overnight. Next day, mixed lettuces, fresh tomato (I was in FL, where they are in season), sunflower seeds, chopped carrot, gorgonzola crumbles, and a few ounces of cubed, grilled chicken were topped with some of the chickpeas and the marinade was used as dressing. Delicious and very filling.

      1. - Moroccan Carrot Salad
        - Curried Wheatberry (or other grain) salad
        - Grated Beets & Carrots with Za'atar & a Yogurt-Tahini Dressing
        - Grilled Romaine with Crisp Bacon, Tomatoes & Buttermilk Dressing
        - Chickpea & Dandelion Salad:
        - Panzanella
        - Arugula with Shaved Asparagus, Parmesan, & a Lemon Vinaigrette
        - Shredded Cabbage with Roasted Peanuts & Chile-Lime Vinaigrette
        - Sliced Steak Salad with Avocado, Tomato, Onion, & a Sherry Vinaigrette
        - Avocados stuffed with Black Bean Salad & Queso Fresco
        - Charred Corn Salad:
        - Raw Kale with Orange, Avocado, Toasted Sunflower Seeds & Olive Oil
        - Shaved Fennel Salad:

        i could do this all day :)

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          I want Panzanella. I want lentil salad with poached eggs and thyme and bacon, and I want a big bowl of Greek salad sans lettuce. After that I want a Cobb salad, only I want it with dijon vinaigrette instead of blue cheese dressing. A huge fresh melon salad; maybe watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, Crane, Crenshaw.......nice big chunks sprinkled with a tad of lemon juice and a tad of salt. Nice addition to this is cucumber chunks and small sweet strawberries. Spinach salad with cherry tomatoes,, beet cubes, salted sunflower seeds, garbanzos and kidney beans, chopped hard-cooked eggs, and chopped scallions....tahini/lemon/olive oil dressiing. Maybe another fruit salad: pineapple chunks, banana slices, sliced strawberries....marinating in fresh orange juice. A tropical-themed salad: Guava, kiwi, papaya, mango, pineapple, passionfruit if you can find it; toasted coconut garnish and yogurt/citrus dressing although no dressing is necessary. Texas Caviar: Black-eyed peas, diced tomatoes and onions, chopped jalapenos, and hot spiced vinegar dressing. German potato salad, with lots of bacon and green onion; a nice sweet/sour vinegar dressing., or classic mayonnaise-dressed potato salad. Caprese is wonderful, and I love a salad of cubed ripe heirloom tomatoes and sweet peaches and watermelon, sprinkled with feta and dressed w/ balsamic and olive oil. BLT wedge salad or a beautiful Spring mix of baby greens with candied cranberries and glazed pecans and crumbled blue cheese. A nice add to this is chopped dried apricots. Romaine with sliced apple, green onion, blue cheese, toasted walnuts and olive oil and sherry vinegar dressing. This is great: very thinly-shredded cabbage and sliced onion and shredded carrots (you can add prepared sliced julienned broccoli stems to this, too..) tossed with whole-fat Cottage cheese, salt and pepper, till creamy.
          It's not all I've got but it's enough. I'll shut up now.

        2. I had NO IDEA it was National Salad Month!!! I just "discovered" Realtors Buttermilk Garlic Dressing through another salad thread (just google it if interested) and had salad with that dressing the last two nights. Tonight it was Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado and Tomato with the dressing and it was one of the best dinners I have had in awhile.

          1. This Glory Bowl (I think its since been renamed) is an awesome main dish salad, great dressing too:


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            1. re: waver

              That salad sounds very good. I think I will try that soon

              Kidney bean salad
              Tuna noodle salad
              Carrot greens,radish greens and beet greens with a light vinagrette and fresh herbs
              Butter lettuce, roasted beets, red onions and chick peas