Salad World

Sometimes making a salad for dinner can be boring. Is it just me or are the salads at restaurants so much tastier than the homemade versions? In efforts to eat healthy and enjoy tasty foods, I’ve been working on my salad skills.

That girl salad's on fire!

“That girl salad is on fire”

I used mixed greens and cucumbers as the base and added red and yellow peppers on the outside (I like the taste of plain peppers and it looks cool too!). I sprinkled cheese on top and drizzled my favorite homemade Dijon dressing over it. To make the Dijon dressing, I just mix about a teaspoon of Dijon mustard, add red wine vinaigrette  salt, pepper, a dash of honey, a little garlic, and finally olive oil all to taste. For a little extra protein, I had leftover salmon on the side. My Mom makes the best Asian Grilled Salmon by Ina Garten. I figured the Asian flare from the salmon wouldn’t mix very well in my fiesta-themed salad, especially after I added some Mango salsa to it. 🙂

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Dinner is served!

After dinner I had a peppermint bark Ghirardelli square for dessert and watched the People’s Choice awards with my roomie. Did anyone else tune in? It was entertaining enough to keep me out of the kitchen but I’m really excited for the Oscars. 😉

Have a great Thursday guys!

Question of zee day: What’s your favorite homemade salad or favorite ingredients to kick that salad up a notch?

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14 thoughts on “Salad World

  1. Michael Katzen says:

    That salad was a work of art–an especially good idea to add the mango salsa, since it’s fat-free, robust and low-cal. That’s what I’m talkin about.

  2. I am not a huge salad girl but that looks really good! I will usually put dried cranberries in my salad to give it something sweet.

  3. mmm I have to say that I like my salads with a ton of different stuff in it, oh and salsa! so good

  4. Restaurant salads are so good! Mine never come out as good, probably because I don’t have as many awesome, different toppings. My favorites have nuts, fruit, and veggies, delicious!

  5. pickyrunner says:

    I watched a little bit of it before realizing how far behind I am on pop culture. I don’t really eat salads. I love vegetables, in mass quantities too, but I can’t really eat them as a meal. I like all my foods separate, it’s like I have OCD or something 🙂

  6. Runner Girl Eats says:

    Avocado is my fav salad topper! It makes everything so much better:)

  7. Abby says:

    Yum! I’ve been thinking the same way lately.. I just get so sick of regular greens and dressing, maybe some chicken. Every. Single. Time.
    My all time favorite combo is spinach+strawberries or apples+cheese+chicken+nuts+poppyseed dressing (Maple Grove Farms of Vermont makes a reallly good one!)
    You’ve officially inspired me to make a great salad! Thanks girl, and have a fabulous night!

  8. bezzymates says:

    I love salads with couscous or chickpeas now. I’m getting my protein and fibre too.

  9. moderngirlnutrition says:

    That mango salsa sounds delish! And I love your fire joke haha

  10. mmmmm I love getting creative with salads!

  11. hilal achmar says:

    I just follow your blog. Happy New Year 2013… 🙂

  12. Stephanie says:

    That salad looks so pretty with all of the colors! I like salad, but if I’m eating it as a meal I have to have chicken or salmon with it or I’ll end up getting hungry soon after and eating extra sweets. 😛

  13. cfanningtx says:

    Your Dijon salad recipe sounds yummy! I’m gonna try it tonight 🙂

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