Mmm… salad?!!?

Yummy Salad

Does this look like pure evil on a plate to you? If yes, keep reading.

Eating healthy can be hard to do because it’s so dang boring, right? Salads are the first thing that come to mind. Carrot sticks are the second. All of which makes me go blech!… until now.

In case you’re wondering… no, I haven’t recently been hypnotized, and yes, I remembered to take my meds today. Rest assured, at the moment, I am speaking sense… at the moment.

Back to salads not = blech!

After recently coming over to the Dark Side of salad-lovers, I’ve discovered that it comes down to the dressing, AND having time-saving ingredients all ready so the excuse of, “I should really eat a salad but it’s easier to eat cake…” doesn’t prevail!

I don’t want to come across as a know-it-all, because I’m really more of a pester-you-with-questions-until-you-want-to-smack-me kind of gal, but here are some tips that have recently turned me around when it comes to salads.

Tips for Salad Haters

  1. Clean your lettuce as soon as you get home and store it (dried!) in a container with a bit of paper towel to absorb any lingering moisture. No one likes limp lettuce…
  2. Change up the ingredients! A salad does not have to = tomatoes, cucumbers & avocados ALL THE TIME. Try adding dried fruit, nuts, chunks of cheese, chicken. Also, try different salad greens. Romaine and iceburg are so last year.
  3. Don’t eat salad all the time! Overdoing anything is bound to get boring!
  4. Have a simple go-to salad dressing recipe that’s easy to make and easy to customize.
Which is where this recipe comes in…

RECIPE: Fool-Proof Salad Dressing

INGREDIENTS

5 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1-2 cloves of garlic

DIRECTIONS
  1. Put all the ingredients in a lidded jar and shake the heck out of it. Seriously, if you’ve had a stressful day – REALLY SHAKE IT!
  2. That’s it – no further directions. So simple that cake excuse is only a figment of your imagination!

Makes enough for a family-sized salad, or several single servings. Keeps in the fridge up to a week. You can easily change this recipe up by adding different herbs & spices, but I recommend keeping the ratio of oil to vinegar the same. That way you know it will work every time!

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