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Today I tried my first salad. I had this weird craving for salad, because even if I've never had it I just like the smell and freshness of it, but I don't like crispy uncooked veggies on things like veggie burgers or burritos so I figured I wouldn't like it. My mom finally bought me a container of salad leaves, though, so I decided to try some.<br><br>
I put some salad on a plate, topped with some chickpeas and olives, and then I poured on Italian Zesty dressing/marinade. I don't know if that's what's usually on a salad, I was unsure about the olives, and I put too much dressing, it really drowned the leaves, but then I tried some, and it's so delicious!<br><br>
The leaves really soak up the flavor of the dressing well, and the chickpeas and olives were a great addition so I'm glad I added them. I don't have a lot of dressing left, but if I can get some more I'm going to have this again tomorrow, too. The leaves weren't even gross and crunchy, either. The mix says it's greens and radicchio, so maybe those are soft leaves and aren't normal salad mix, but it was good.<br><br>
So I made this thread because I was wondering what your favorite salads are. Leaves, toppings, dressings, etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I like mixed greens...olives are a must! (green and black). Chickpeas are a great addition as are black beans and/or red kidney beans. I like tomatoes and avocado in there, too. My new weird dressing is hummus. It started with me making lettuce wraps. One day I was too lazy to make the wraps, so I chopped up everything and mixed in the hummus...it was awesome!
 

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<span>Spinach.<br>
Mandarin oranges.<br>
Raspberries.<br>
Almonds.<br>
Top with raspberry vinaigrette or other vinegar/oil blend. Eat.<br></span>
 

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spinach, olives, dried craisins, shredded/chopped beets, sunflower seeds, some type of beans, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, raw corn kernals(sounds weird but its good), roasted red peppers and salsa or hummus as dressing<br><br>
also spinach, strawberries, blueberries topped with raspberry balsamic vinegar is also great<br><br>
There are so many variations of salad. I find it to difficult to ever get sick of salad unless it's just plain old iceberg lettuce with a couple slices of cucumber
 

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In high school I used to eat lettuce with mandarin oranges, almonds, and Craisins with Italian dressing. Can't remember the last time I had that though!<br>
Raspberry vinaigrettes are great...unfortunately I got sick after eating a salad with that dressing, so I haven't had it in years <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
My favorite salad now- and I'm not expecting ANYONE to like this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> - is spring mix with jalapenos, lemon pepper, and drizzled with olive oil. I am fully aware that I am not normal <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br>
I also like adding chick peas to my salads- really makes them filling!
 

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My favourite is taco salad! It's super easy.<br><br>
I just use a combination of romaine and spinach leaves, but you could use whatever you like. Then add a bunch of refried beans, guacamole, salsa and crumble some tortilla chips on top. When I make a giant bowl of this stuff I have to fight with my boyfriend to even get any <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Spring mix with red leaf, raw butternut squash thats been juliened, mandarins, almonds, asian dressing, and chow mein noodles.
 

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I second Warewolf Girl's taco salad suggestion! Throw a load of homemade black bean veggie chili on top and you have a meal that can't be beat. Your only problem will be not being able to stop eating it after you are completely full.
 

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My favorites:<br><br>
BBQ Chik'n Salad: Lettuce of choice, Gardein or vegan chicken of choice, vegan BBQ Ranch (easy to make), avocado, beans, corn, cucumbers, tomato.<br><br>
Sweet Salad: Spring greens, romaine, apples, dried cranberries, candied walnuts, golden raisins, and a fruity vinaigrette.<br><br>
Heather's Salad: Green leaf lettuce (sliced thin), baked Quorn Chik'n (sliced), cashews, dried cranberries, cubed apples, and <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/winter-fruit-salad-with-lemon-poppy-seed-dressing-32317" target="_blank">lemon poppyseed dressing</a> (the lemon juice MUST be fresh).
 

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Not vegan, but this is the inspiration for the BBQ chick'n:<br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d13/danakscully64/Food/BBQRanchSalad.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><br>
Heather's Salad with not-so-crispy lettuce:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d13/danakscully64/IMG_4440-1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br><br>
And I forgot about Taco Salad:<br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d13/danakscully64/Food/IMG_6850-1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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All these sound really good <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>danakscully64</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2963562"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Heather's Salad with not-so-crispy lettuce:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d13/danakscully64/IMG_4440-1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br></div>
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These are the leaves I used earlier for my salad that I really liked <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I love how they don't interfere with the texture of the toppings.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>danakscully64</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2963562"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
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And I forgot about Taco Salad:<br><br><br><img alt="" src="http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d13/danakscully64/Food/IMG_6850-1.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></div>
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Is it possible to make the taco salad shell bowl without a special taco bowl?
 

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Is it possible to make the taco salad shell bowl without a special taco bowl?</div>
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I put tortillas in the oven till they get crisp. It works well for scooping the salad stuff.
 

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I love salads, but most house salads suck. I went to lunch today and had awesome veggie tacos with rice and beans. The beans were probably not healthy and the rice was not great either. The salad was not real green and the dressing was all oil with Something and I did not eat it.
 

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I love me a good salad! I like romaine, shredded carrots, red cabbage, cucumber slices, chick peas, croutons, shredded cheddar cheese and ranch dressing. I also love baby spinach, sliced strawberries, grapes, walnuts, feta or goat cheese with raspberry vinaigrette. Greek salads are good, too. I'll pretty much try any green/veggie salad combo with any type of vinaigrette, though. Cheese is optional--depends on my mood.
 

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I usually just do romaine, cucumbers, croutons and sometimes feta though I'm trying to stay away from cheese as much as I can. Top off with raspberry walnut dressing. It really is the best dressing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>SuicideBlonde</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2964464"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I put tortillas in the oven till they get crisp. It works well for scooping the salad stuff.</div>
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But how do you get that bowl shape? I put tortillas in the oven to make chips but I don't know how to get that bowl form for a salad.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>fadeaway1289</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2964774"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
But how do you get that bowl shape? I put tortillas in the oven to make chips but I don't know how to get that bowl form for a salad.</div>
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Do you have any oven safe bowls? Maybe you could put a mixing bowl upside down and put the tortilla over it, then cover it with something to keep its shape. I've never done this method before, but it may work.
 
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