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Aniki's picture

'Forn' is 'food' and 'p0rn' combined.

Cool, crisp lettuce. The crunch of celery. Sweet strawberries. The tang of cheese…

We’re moving into warmer temps and fewer clothes. I don’t know about you, but warmer weather means I want lighter foods. I loooooooooooooove salad. And I’m not talking about a side salad. When I eat a salad, it’s my main course.

Lettuce: spinach, kale, spring mix, arugula (I eat iceberg, but not often)...
Veggies: celery, beets, shrooms, carrots, artichoke hearts,cherry/grape tomatoes (yes, techinically fruit)...
Fruits: apple, blueberries, strawberries, mandarin orange, pineapple, craisins...
Cheeses: sharp cheddar, feta, bleu, gorgonzola (no bland cheese for me!)...
Proteins: Salmon, chicken, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pepitas, BACON...

Time to dress your salad! Here are some quick and easy recipes.

Avocado Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Mix well in a blender or food processor.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • Whisk together in a mixing bowl.

Italian Red Wine Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 Tbp Dijon mustard
  • Whisk together in a mixing bowl.

Sesame Vinaigrette

  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup toasted sesame oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp honey
  • Whisk together in a mixing bowl.

NOTE: Season all dressing to taste with salt and pepper.


Who else is having salad for dinner? Yahoo


futurobrillante99's picture

Nom Nom!

classyNJ's picture

YUMMM salad.  

My favorite lite dinner fix is just spinach, feta cheese and jersey tomatoes with a little EVOO.  

Omas Cucumber salad with dill, lemon juice, sour cream and sugar dressing is also a hit.

I love dogs's picture

My girlfriend made a DEVINE cucumber salad with only sliced cucumbers, red onion, and tomatoes topped with EVOO and vinegar (I think white) just seasoned with salt and pepper.

momjeans's picture

My girlfriend made a DEVINE cucumber salad with only sliced cucumbers, red onion, and tomatoes topped with EVOO and vinegar (I think white) just seasoned with salt and pepper.

This is a favorite of mine in the summer months, too. I do EVOO + a few splashes of red wine vinegar. Coarse black pepper. Topped with feta. 



Aniki's picture

Every once in a blue moon, when the fungi craving is strong, I will thinly slice a bunch of shrooms and use them as the "lettuce". I throw in a few pieces of iceberg or romaine for crunch, then top with a parmesan dressing.

momjeans's picture

Oh goodness. I LOVE mushrooms. All kinds. This sounds amazing.

My DH disliked mushrooms, until he met me and had them prepped / cooked all the different ways. He often thanks me for introducing him to loving them. 

I love dogs's picture

I don't have dinner plans if you'd like to test out some new combos.... I also love onion and beans on salad! Oh and part-skim mozzarella Biggrin

Aniki's picture

Confession: I rarely eat salad dressing! Sometimes I squeeze fresh lemon over it all, which brings out the flavor of everything. Most of the time, I mix in about 1/4 cup of cottage cheese instead of actual dressing.

momjeans's picture

I eat salad as a meal, too. 

I usually do a mesclun salad mix and add in (more) spinach and kale. 

My favorite lately has been adding pepitos, cranberries, walnuts, and feta with a poppyseed dressing.


Aniki's picture

I love kale!! My DH refuses to eat it. I have a delicious recipe for Ginger Beef, Mushroom, and Kale Stir-Fry. The kale looks like spinach. He said, "Wow, that smells great! What's in it?" I told him, and he refused to even taste the sauce because of the "nasty" kale. I should have told him it was spinach...

momjeans's picture

Too funny.

My almost 3 year old loves kale just as much as I do. My DH is okay with a little at a time (he’ll definitely enjoy some roasted kale chips when I make them), and my 4 year old is a big ‘ol NOPE. 

That’s fine. More for me (insert hair flip emoji - haha).

Thumper's picture

Ewwwww not me.  I cant just sit down and eat a salade. Sorry Anikia

Now give me Salade and soup from Olive Garden---the ZUPA soup and I am good. Minus the rear sticks, I mean bread sticks.


Aniki's picture

REAR sticks? LMAO!!!

BTW, Goodluck, I'm drinking wine with that salad... Biggrin

somethingwicked's picture

I love snow too..but NOT when I expect the flowers to be bloomin'  and the boidies and bees singin' an' buzzin'.


If you don't have any I will ship you a box overnight express..


somethingwicked's picture

I love kale. Kale mixed with Spinach makes an awesome "spinach" salad with the bacon,egg, sweet onions and  traditional dresssing.

I have to confess I don't use the bacon grease to make the sweet sour dressing but olive oil ,white balsamic vinegar ,dijon mustard and maple syrup (instead of sugar) .


I love your vinaigrette selections, Aniki, especially the first with avocado.

Very innovative  and sounds yummy.




notasm3's picture

I love salads, but not half as much as my husband does.  Can't tell you how many times w'lle go out to eat and he'll order a dinner salad while I get a meaty entree.  Invariably the water tries to bring me the salad - assuming it's more of a "girl" thing.

Aniki's picture

Bad waiter. BAD!!! I'm a carnivore and eat a bigger size steak than my DH!! He, on the other hand, eats more chicken.

notasm3's picture

Best salad I ever ate in my life had some wonderful fresh peaches, goat cheese and toasted pecans on mixed greens.

somethingwicked's picture

made it last night..amazing flavors.

Thanks,blayze,for the link.