Here is a quick disclaimer before you read: I am not a super fancy cook, and I love a lot of very simple yet flavorful recipes.
Ok, now that your expectations aren't too high you may continue!
For me, eating vegetables is effortless. No, it is beyond effortless. It is enjoyable! I love veggies more than almost any other food. While I do realize this is bizarre, I am thankful for it. I can eat healthy foods and truly enjoy them. Don't get me wrong, I have many desires for greasy, fattening, sugary foods, as well. I would eat Taco Bell every day if my health and the size of my thighs weren't constantly on my mind.
After all of that gushing about The Vegetable, it might be easy to understand why I adore salads. I have a large collection of salad recipes (that mostly reside in my head) that I am excited to share on this blog!
This particular salad is one that my mom used to make for me a lot. I loved it to pieces back when I went through a can of hairspray a week and I love it to pieces now.
Fill two salad plates/bowls with washed, fresh, chopped lettuce. Split between them:
One green apple, sliced
One small cucumber, peeled and sliced
Two stalks of celery, chopped
One avocado, peeled and chopped
I have also been known to add:
One pear, chopped
A handful of capers
A handful of green olives, sliced
Anything green! Broccoli, snap peas, artichoke hearts, green onions. Go crazy!
I do love a good hearty ranch dressing to top off my salads, but sometimes its flavor is overpowering. That's not such a good thing for strange people like me who like to taste their vegetables. My all-time favorite dressing is salad vinegar. It isn't loaded with calories like most dressings, and I love how it tastes. I'm not really sure how other people feel about using it as a salad dressing, but for me, it greatly enhances the flavor of the veggies. Another good option that I discovered last winter is Ken's Lite Balsamic Vinaigrette. It is reasonably low in fat and calories and it is delicious!