All About Salads

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Well hello again, friends! I'm back today and have some easy salad ideas for you.

But first, I want to encourage you to try your hand at growing your own food. Six years ago, my husband and I started off small with a couple of peppers and tomatoes and after some success and a lot of failures, gardening has become a way of life in our family. In fact, all the greens in these salads, and most of the vegetables, came from our garden.

In gardening, I have found so many parallels with my walk with Christ. I mean, a garden needs a lot of attention. You have to prepare the soil, plant the seeds and water them. Then, as time goes on and your plant grows, you have to pull weeds around it and pick the fruits while continuing to water it so it will thrive.

And just like a garden, my life in Christ needs a lot of attention. I need to prepare my heart and mind daily in prayer and water my soul with his word. If I neglect doing these things daily, the weeds in my life will consume me, just like they would my garden. So for me, having a garden not only provides healthy food for my family, but it's also a daily reminder to spend time with my Savior and let him grow in me.

Anyway, right now we have a surplus of greens so we eat salads nearly twice a day. I have to have variety in my food so that means I have to mix it up and get little creative with our salads.

One of my favorite things to put in a salad are fruits. Strawberries and feta cheese are one of my favorite combos as well as grapes paired with blue cheese! Anyway, if you're looking for some salad inspiration, these are some of my favorites:

Cranberries and Feta
cranradishfeta

Ingredients:
mixed greens
thinly sliced radishes
sliced green onions - white and green parts
dried cranberries
crumbled feta cheese

Blue and Purple
bluecheesegrapes

Ingredients:
mixed greens
halved grapes
chopped walnuts
crumbled blue cheese

Veggie Max
carrotcadofeta

Ingredients:
mixed greens
grated carrots
diced avocado
sliced green onions - white and green parts
crumbled feta cheese

Northern Bean Salad
beansalad

Ingredients:
mixed greens
top it with bean salad, recipe here, but I didn't add rice or cumin

Now for dinner salads. You can take any of the above, or make your own combo of fruits, veggies, cheeses and/or nuts and throw in some protein. I like topping it with grilled chicken, prepared chicken salad or even adding hard boiled eggs.

chickenstrips

I also LOVE adding fried goat cheese to a salad.

goatcheese

As for dressings, my favorites are poppyseed and balsamic vinaigrette, you can get my easy vinaigrette recipe here.

I hope these inspire you in some way! I'd love to hear your favorite salad combos.






7 comments:

  1. Lesley - No wonder why you are so healthy and fit!! These salads look delicious like everything else you post. Thanks for the ideas.

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  2. Lesley these salads looks so enticing! I can't wait to try one. Our garden is overflowing with salad greens and I love the variations. Thanks for sharing this!

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  3. Mmmm - thanks for these yummy ideas!

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  4. Great post, we love salads. I'm a vegetarian so will add tofu (that I've marinated and baked) instead of chicken to a heartier salad. Just curios though, fried goat cheese? Sounds divine! Do tell...

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  5. What perfect timing Lesley! Hubs and i are starting our first garden *this* year!
    I can't wait to actually *EAT* from our own garden. Your veggie salad looks YUMMY!
    oh, and we LOVE goat cheese in salad...it's so great!
    thanks for sharing.

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  6. These are so lovely, and look not only similar to the ones we enjoy in our home, but i think you have fiesta ware too!!!

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  7. yum!

    we recently moved, but before that we had our own garden. in time we will have one again.

    my current favorite salad is simple: lettuce, cucumbers, strawberries, tangerine slices, red onion, and an oil & balsamic vinegar dressing.

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