Make Friends with Salad

Over the past few months, I’ve had this really unusual craving for beets. I couldn’t tell you where it came from, but I can tell you that I often satisfy it at the Whole Foods salad bar. They have these balsamic roasted beets that are just delicious (of course there are a few of them in the picture). Anyway…

There’s something to be said about a good salad bar.

Sure, it’s a great, healthy meal, but the plethora of choices also gives you the opportunity to try new things and experiment with different flavor combinations.  It was at the salad bar where I discovered that I liked kale — so much so that I rarely eat lettuce salads anymore. I also discovered that I dislike combining blueberries and balsamic vinegar. You win some, you lose some.

The salad bar can also be a great source of inspiration for new recipe ideas. I recently tried mixing sweet potatoes, apples and fennel, which sparked a new recipe idea that I’m currently work on.

If you find that your food situation is in a rut, I encourage you to try mixing it up at the salad bar. If you look hard enough, you’ll find an endless number of delicious possibilities hidden amongst the iceberg, cucumbers and ranch dressing. I promise.

Where do you find your foodie inspiration?

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9 thoughts on “Make Friends with Salad

  1. Salad is totally my best friend. It’s funny, I used to never eat salad as a meal, swearing up and down that it wasn’t filling and not a meal in any way shape or form. But now I LOVE salads as meals! They are totally filling, healthy, and don’t leave you feeling gross.

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  3. My theory about salads is the same as my theory about sandwiches – they’re both good, but they’re awesome if someone else makes it for me. Salad bars are sort of an in between. Sure I have to make the effort to get there, but once I do all the work is done for me. Find me a salad bar with roasted butternut squash and Ina’s vinaigrette and I’ll be there everyday. Of course you are, and always have been, my inspiration.

  4. Salads are always perfect! I mean, when you don’t feel like cooking, they are a wonderful meal! You can make them with anything: just open the fridge or the cupboard and you’ll find the solution to all your culinary problems! To me salads rule!!

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