What’s so special about this salad??
Well, to me it says a lot of things. For starters, it makes me smile that I have somehow managed to raise at least one child who likes to take pictures of his meals the way I do! More importantly, it is living proof that it is possible to eat simple, healthy, inexpensive and delicious meals when you are away at university.
This picture was sent to me by my son who’s away at university. It’s what he made for dinner last night.
1. Fill a bowl with the amount of salad greens you feel like eating – either pre-washed salad greens in a bag (easiest, but a bit more expensive) or washed and torn greens of your choice (be creative – mix up the greens – the darker and more varied the colours, the more nutrients!)
2. Take the skin off of a rotisserie barbequed chicken (this step will save you a bunch of unhealthy fat and salt!), and shred or chop the meat of a breast or thigh (about 2/3 to 1 cup of meat). If you’re interested, you can roast or poach your own chicken – less expensive, but a bit more time consuming.
3. Chop up whatever you want to add to your salad. Some great ideas are: shredded carrots, an apple or pear, cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, canned mandarin orange slices, diced avocado, shredded low fat cheese.
4. Toss it all together in a large bowl and top with a tablespoon or two of dressing: In a glass or jar, pour the following:
1 inch of oil (canola is good, olive is even better!)
a bit more vinegar than oil (it will stay separate, so you can see how much there is)
a pinch of salt, pepper, and sugar or honey
about 1/2 teaspoon of mustard (dry mustard powder is good, use bottled dijon if you have it; probably not the bright yellow stuff, but go ahead if that’s all you have!)
whatever herbs or seasonings you have and like (oregano,basil, italian seasoning, salt free seasoning blend, fresh herbs etc.)
Now mix or shake it all up and dip a piece of greens in to taste. Adjust seasonings to suit yourself – do you like it a bit more vinegary? less vinegary (add more oil or water or stock), sweeter? saltier, . . this is your dressing!
To kick it up a notch, add some crunchy toppings like walnuts, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds. You’ll be giving yourself a boost of fibre, healthy fats, and lots of vitamins and minerals.
Toss the salad together with the dressing and enjoy! Round it out with a piece of crusty bread or toast or crackers.