A Salad Buffet (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Salad’s On!)

Summer is the perfect occasion for salads. It’s cool and crisp. It makes the most of fresh produce which are in abundance during this season. And a salad can be prepared ahead of time to keep the cook out of the kitchen on a hot summer day.

For some bizarre reason, I have always been infatuated with salads. High school friends, college roommates, and husband alike have all raised an eyebrow at my frequent indulgence in what one roomie called, “a plate of grass with some stuff on top.”

Over the years a large meal-size salad has become my regular standby lunch. I don’t have an actual “recipe” in the sense that ingredients are measured. It’s more of a little of this, a little of that. Since not all the kids like all my ingredients, I often serve them up buffet style, so everyone can choose what he likes.

But, there is a basic formula that I follow for a great lunch:

  • 1-2 handfuls of lettuce or baby greens
  • other veggies, such as sliced cucumbers, shredded carrot, diced onion, chopped tomato, black olives
  • cheese: grated or cubed cheddar or pepperjack, grated parmesan, crumbled feta, or crumbled bleu cheese
  • homemade croutons
  • protein like garbanzo beans, hard-boiled eggs, or chopped meat
  • dressing such as ranch, homemade vinaigrette, or my new experiment, Garlic-Cilantro

Last week I enjoyed avocado, bleu cheese, chopped tomatoes, and sliced cucumber on a bed of red and green leaf lettuces. Yummy!

So, what’s a favorite salad at your house?

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  1. I love real salads, the green kind, with homegrown tomatoes, assorted veggies and boiled eggs, raisins or craisins, nuts, seeds, and/or goldfish on top! But the first time I tasted this salad at a church gathering, I laughed. It is called a "salad," so it must be healthy, right? I found this variation on cooks.com. It is a yummy addition to a ladies' salad supper! SNICKERS® BAR SALAD
    5 frozen SNICKERS® candy bars
    3 lg. Granny Smith apples
    1 (16 oz.) container Cool Whip

  2. ha! my brother in law commented once at dinner chez moi that i "never serve salads, instead you always serve leaves"

  3. Elizabeth Spann Craig says:

    Salads are low-fuss and healthy. Plus, all the produce just TASTES so good in the summertime!

    Elizabeth
    Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen

  4. Frugal Friend says:

    I came to the US at 12 from the Phiippines and had my first cold green salad. It just seemed so wrong to eat raw veggies, and where was the rice! Now I love them and they are so simple.

  5. We had a wonderful cucumber salad tonight – diced cukes fresh from our backyard garden, with a tablespoon of sour cream and a tablespoon of mayo. Salt and pepper to taste, and you've got a refreshing salad!

    P.S. I do have a blog but it's too late for me to post it there! Thanks for letting me share a comment.

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