When I think of summertime dinners, I always turn to salads. After this winter's weight gain and then a stay-at-home order, I'm in desperate need for a lighter menu. When the weather gets warm, I crave a delicious crunchy dinner salad with a fresh homemade dressing and maybe a piece of good crusty bread.
Salads are packed with nutrients and vitamins and take no time to chop and assemble; the variety of ingredients is endless. Sometimes just opening up the fridge and seeing what's there can help you get started, but if you get stuck, I have created a mix and match table to generate ideas. You can print it out and keep it on the fridge.
To keep your salad super nutritious, it's best to make your own dressing. It can be as simple as a good olive oil and your favorite vinegar or you can get creative. Follow the link below for 10 of my favorites.
Feeling adventurous, follow the links below for some tasty salads to impress your family and friends.
Want to add some tasty toppings?
Toasted nuts are a great way to spice up a salad. Any nut can be sauteed in a skillet in a bit of butter. Be careful, they can burn easily. When toasted sprinkle with salt, sugar or chili powder. When completely cooled, store in a tightly sealed container.
Cut day old bread into cubes and toss in a mixture of olive oil and butter. Place on a cookie sheet in a single layer and sprinkle with seasoning. Bake @400F until crispy. Cool and store in a Ziplock bag or container.