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I've been making this huge salads lately (thank to my buddy <a href="http://gmat.grockit.com/" target="_blank">Farb</a> for this inspiration) and wanted to share the ingredients and preparation instructions with all y'all. I'd love to hear any thoughts/suggestions for improvement as well. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Here goes...<br><br><b><br><br>
My salad</b><br><br><br><br>
6+ different types of organic lettuce and spinach (Trader Joe's)<br><br>
Microgreens (TJ)<br><br>
Alfalfa sprounts (TJ)<br><br>
Shredded carrots (TJ)<br><br>
organic celery (Whole Foods)<br><br>
Green onions (TJ)<br><br>
Pearl tomatoes (TJ)<br><br><br><br>
*Raw nut mix*<br><br>
Walnuts (TJ)<br><br>
almonds (TJ)<br><br>
sunflower seeds (WF)<br><br><br><br>
*Dried fruit mix*<br><br>
Rainier cherries (TJ)<br><br>
Raisins (TJ)<br><br>
omega cranberries (TJ)<br><br>
Gooseberries (TJ)<br><br><br><br>
*Dressing*<br><br>
Flax seed oil (WF)<br><br>
Hemp seed oil (WF)<br><br>
Bit of Tuscan Italian (TJ)<br><br><br><br>
Optional<br><br>
Avocaodo (TJ)<br><br><br><br><b>Preparation</b><br><br><br><br>
For starters I'll buy my lettuces at TJ's (basically anything they have that's organic) and then mix all of them together with some spinach and the sprouts and micro-greens and put all of that in a couple of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=veggieboards.com-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FProduce-Bags-Large%2Fdp%2FB000E8UY6I" target="_blank">large Evert-Fresh bags</a> which help to keep this mix fresh in the fridge for a good number of days. I have the mix of nuts and dried fruits prepared ahead of time in tupperware dishes.<br><br><br><br>
Then on the days when I want to make the salads all I have to do is the following:<br><br><br><br>
1. Take a few handfuls of the green mix and throw it in good-sized tupperware.<br><br>
2. Chop a couple of stalks of celery and a couple of things of green onions and add that.<br><br>
3. Add the carrots and tomatoes.<br><br>
4. Add a small handful of nuts and a small handful of dried fruits.<br><br>
5. Mix a small plastic container of the dressing.<br><br>
6. Add a fork, the dressing and an avocado (opt.) to the tupperware and I'm good to go.<br><br><br><br>
I can't describe how good this salad is! You're getting a really full spectrum of fruits and veggies, some omega-3s (from the dressing and nuts) and it's really easy to prepare I can throw it together in less than 5 minutes.<br><br><br><br>
I'd love to hear any suggestions for improving the Perfect Salad. Some great additions would be cucumbers and bell peppers but I usually chop them up separately and munch on them throughout the day. I also use kale and parsley in my daily green smoothie or else they would make the cut too.<br><br><br><br>
Any other ideas?
 

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Things I've been known to throw in salads (not all at once) other than the ones you've mentioned: Lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, pepper, raspberries, peanut butter, soy sauce, mint, basil, sugar, mustard, worcestershire sauce (sans anchovies), miso, tahini, tofu, hemp seeds, "yoghurt", tabasco, pomegranate (especially with cucumber salad), oranges, orange juice, pistachios, lentils, chickpeas, roasted crushed sesame seeds, ginger, cornichons...
 

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I didn't see cucumbers or any type of rinsed canned beans?<br><br>
Even those frozen petite peas (thawed in just a bit of cold water).<br><br><br><br>
I also like cauliflower and broccoli in mine, and also a bit of finely shredded napa (crinkly) or purple cabbage, also some chunks of pepper (red, yellow or green or a combination of all three).<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
But you've got a really nice list going there. I think for the most part you just use what you really love.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/chef.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":chef:"><br><br><br><br>
Now I want a salad!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:"><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Michelle
 

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MUSHROOMS????????????????????????? you need mushrooms <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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my salads are nowhere near as ambitious as yours!<br><br>
for me, gotta have garbanzos, hearts of palm, edamame...<br><br><br><br>
i make a salad dressing that i really dig:<br><br>
for one ~ all approx, i just measure the evoo in a measuring cup and roll from there ~<br><br>
2 oz evoo<br><br>
juice of one half lemon<br><br>
2 tsp tamari<br><br>
2 tsp dijon or spicy brown mustard<br><br>
1 tsp tahini<br><br>
s/p
 

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oh yeah how could u forget mushrooms!!!!!!!!!!!!!<br><br>
and little chopped tofu is amazing!<br><br>
eggplant (grilled)<br><br><br><br>
!!! i love salad
 

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Ummm...this community rocks. Seriously. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Great suggestions all. A couple of other things:<br><br><br><br>
#1 - I make up a bag of chopped veggies to eat throughout the day which includes bell peppers, totatoes, baby carrots and cucumbers. So I'm getting those veggies in my diets then.<br><br><br><br>
#2 - I found "broccoli slaw" at TJ's the other day and have been adding that as well. It's great because I've never been a big raw broccoli fan but I can add it to my salad without really noticing.<br><br><br><br>
Good stuff y'all. Feel free to keep the suggestions flowing!
 

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You need some alternate greens in there, like carrot tops, radish greens, beet greens, sweet potato leaves.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:"><br><br><br><br>
IMO, you can never have too many greens in a salad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
Other favs of mine:<br><br><br><br>
Raw chayote squash (also called "mirliton squash")<br><br>
raw beets (usually shredded)<br><br>
Hearts of Palm (when I have them)<br><br>
Corn<br><br>
Peas<br><br>
Asparagus<br><br>
Green onions<br><br>
White onions<br><br>
Water chestnuts<br><br>
Cooked whole grains like quinoa, millet, amaranth, brown rice....<br><br>
Edamame<br><br>
Various fruit like strawberries, mandarin oranges, grapes, etc<br><br>
Fake meat (use with EXTREME caution)<br><br>
Flax dust (flax seeds that have been ground up)<br><br>
Nutritional Yeast<br><br><br><br>
dang, I want a salad now too... *wanders off to the kitchen*
 
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