As we enjoy the lingering warm days of what feels like an Indian Summer, cooling salads have been on the menu again in place soups and stews.
The salads are usually made of homegrown romaine lettuce or rocket (arugula) and then I pick and choose one or two items from each of the following categories
a sweet aspect
a handful of blueberries
sliced orange or mandarin
halved baby tomatoes or quartered tomatoes
a touch of salt
some crunchy veg
some nourishing and satisfying fat and protein
cut up boiled egg
crumbled goat's cheese
crumbled blue cheese
cut up left-over chicken
dry roasted pumpkin seeds
dry roasted almond slivers or flakes
flax seed oil and lemon juice
olive oil, lemon juice and dijon mustard
oil and apple cider vinegar
sunflower seeds, a touch of grapefruit juice and olive oil whizzed in a blender
homemade caesar dressing
Sometimes we keep the salad really basic- lettuce, tomato, cucumber and dressing.
Our kids love the roasted pumpkin seeds, cucumber, most of the fats and proteins and any of the fruit we add to the salad, they'll only eat one or two large lettuce leaves each but that's good enough for me. They're getting used to the tastes and the experience and that's what counts most right now.
Do you enjoy a good salad? Do you have any dressings or toppings you want to share that haven't been mentioned? Would love to hear!