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Friday, May 18, 2018
Some days nothing but a salad will do.
(Yes, I know - some days only a pizza dripping with melted cheese will do . . .
Or a huge bowl of ice cream,
with chocolate sauce,
and a cherry on top).
But today, children, we're talking about salad.
This from a gal who is trying to drop a few pounds, so don't be too tough on me, okay?
I love salads.
But they can, I admit, get boring.
I've learned to keep the salad crisper replenished so I can count on crispy lettuce, a cucumber and a sweet onion for basics (tomatoes only during the summer - otherwise, what is the point?).
I'm not a fan of cheese on my salad, but Donald is. There is always cheese to be found in this house.
And I've learned to keep a few other things on had too, for dress-up.
Strawberries and pecans are nice. Especially with a raspberry vinaigrette.
Today I went wild and crazy!
Yes. Yes, I did!
As wild and as crazy, I guess, as you can get within the limitations of salad.
A couple different kinds of lettuce, some thinly sliced chicken breast, cucumber, sweet onion, a few pecans, some pineapple chunks and tossed with a little bit of creamy honey lime cilantro dressing, with a few croutons tossed on top. (I know, cilantro tastes like soap to many of you. Thankfully, I'm not one).
We all know the perils of over-using dressing, it can kill your calorie count just as badly as that aforementioned ice cream, so I try to choose something where I know a little will go a long way. There are a LOT of really good dressings to be found these days. Another fave of mine is Panera's Fuji Apple Salad Dressing.
There are also a lot of very good recipes for dressings to be found on-line; such as the creamy honey lime cilantro dressing.
All the makings for Wild and Crazy Salad Making!
(maybe tomorrow I'll give in and have that pizza . . . ).
All while remembering that I have lost 14 pounds since the first of year, with more to go.
Slowly it goes - very slowly it goes . . .
Slow is good.
In the meantime, I will continue doing my own kind of research on salads and salad dressings. Who knows where this might lead?!