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What are your favorite salads?

Asked by nikipedia (27333 points ) July 15th, 2010

I have found myself eating the same salad a couple times a week. I love it, but I’d also like to change it up sometimes.

My usual is:

red romaine
spinach
(sometimes arugula)
cucumbers
(sometimes avocado)
almonds
parmesan or romano grated on top

And dressed with a little bit of olive oil and lemon juice.

What about you guys?

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Mixed greens with a cherry vinaigrette dressing.

stardust's avatar

I love greek salad – it’s definitely my favourite, sans olives. Have a look here http://www.greeksaladrecipe.net

gailcalled's avatar

Tonight, cold quinoa, black beans, carrots, spinach, scallions,cukes, and a lime-cilantro vinaigrette.

And the best summer one; sliced home-grown tomatoes, basil, sliced mozarella and a vinaigrette.

For lunch, cold soba noodles, red and orange peppers, carrots, mushrooms, shredded spinach, sesame oil and chopped peanuts.

AmWiser's avatar

Since I always have these items on hand:

Romaine lettuce
cucumbers
grated carrots
dried cherry’s
toasted almonds
boiled egg
grilled chicken
The dressing varies, depending on how I feel.

AmWiser's avatar

@stardust thanx for that site. Greek salads are my all time favorite.

jesienne's avatar

my favourite is tuna potato salad with cucumbers, onions,sausage,boiled egg,carrot in it

jaytkay's avatar

My favorite dish from the menu of my favorite Thai place:

“Roong Petch Salad
Our famous vegetarian salad made with crispy fried tofu,
lemon juice, onions, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers,
roasted rice powder, cashew nuts.” [on a bed of lettuce leaves]

jazmina88's avatar

a nice caesar or caprese ( mozarella, balsamic, tomatoes, olives, basil)

Jeruba's avatar

I love salads, and I adore many kinds, from grain-based salads like tabouli to anything resembling raita or tzatziki. Almost any vegetable, fruit, or fungus that goes into a salad is also something I would happily eat by itself raw. I like green salads to have at least 3 kinds of leafy greens and 5 or more other ingredients.

Probably my favorite salad is a simple shrimp Caesar. I make an ample salad for one with ¼ head of romaine, ¼ lb. cooked, chilled shrimp, shredded fresh parmesan, and a good Caesar salad dressing. I like to add a dozen or more seedless red grapes when I have them, and I like everything well chilled.

dpworkin's avatar

Red, Yellow and Orange Bell Pepper
Kirby Cukes
Diced red onion marinated in Sherry Vinegar, water and sugar.
Calamata Olives
Sliced grape tomatoes
Blueberries
Crumbled feta cheese
Use ½ the onion marinade + EVOO to make dressing.

rooeytoo's avatar

My favorite dressing is olive oil with either lemon or lime juice or some sort of vinegar, I like them all so whatever I grab first. Sometimes I add a little bit of soy sauce as well. Then salt, pepper, garlic salt (I don’t like fresh raw garlic in anything) and dried chili flakes. I put that on everything from asparagus to any type of lettuce (a mixture of kale, rocket and spinach leaves is good), sometimes plain old iceberg is nice. Add rice or beans and every kind of veg you can think of. It never turns out the same way twice. Have that with tuna or hard boiled egg or some cheese and crisp bread. That is lunch practically every day. We never seem to tire of it. Sometimes it is a side dish with dinner as well and we love it left over when it is seriously marinated.

And I must admit every now and again Paul Newman’s Ranch is a real treat!

SmashTheState's avatar

When I’m out hitching around, I like to make myself a salad out of whatever “weeds” I find growing in woodsy areas off the side of the road. When I’m not travelling, I like to keep in practice by going out to open fields and harvesting myself a salad for dinner every now and then in the summer. The ingredients of course depend on what I happen to stumble across, but nearly all of the stuff on this list are regarded as “weeds” and grow indiscriminately across large portions of North America:

dandelion greens
daisies
clover
common plantain
mint
wild mustard
cat tail shoots
hemp
bullrush roots
wild onion

janbb's avatar

Romaine lettuce leaves
Crumbled goat cheese
Walnuts
Strawberries or campari or cherry tomatoes
Blueberries in season
Red onion
Vinaigrette

Brian1946's avatar

Thai salad with peanut dressing.
The veggies and fruits are lettuce, carrots, onions, tomatoes, and cukes.
I don’t know what the ingredients for Khao Thai’s peanut dressing are, but it’s yummm.

I also love the Italian salads at the Follow Your Heart veggie restaurant.
Romaine lettuce, garbanzo beans, onions, pepperoncinis, artichoke hearts, black olives, and soy cheese

ETpro's avatar

I have never met a salad I didn’t like. Straight salads like your typical iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, shredded carrot and maybe some black olives, gay salads (mixed fruits), and exotic salads like we had tonight. My wife whipped up an oriental salad with julienned chayote squash, carrots, cilantro and thinly sliced strips of steak in a peanut-lime dressing.

buster's avatar

I like a Pacific Northwest salad. It has mixed greens, candied toasted walnuts, slices of pear, bleu cheese crumbles, balsamic viniagerette dressing, and grilled salmon if you are so inclined.

DominicX's avatar

Fruit salad, caesar salad, and just a general iceberg, cucumbers, carrots, and ranch dressing salad.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not that big on salad. But I do like to have it every now and then (and I do kind of force myself to have it every now and then). :P

casheroo's avatar

I’m totally obsessed with this Sweet Poppy Seed dressing that I got from Trader Joe’s. I also tend to only eat the same sort of salad when I’m at home, since it’s easiest to make (spring mix with cucumbers) adding some cherry tomatoes can help.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Field greens, dried cranberries, walnuts, Gorgonzola bits, smidge of olive oil/red vinegar dressing

BhacSsylan's avatar

Pollo Asada cooked on the stove, then placed on top whatever greens, usually romaine with onions and green bells and broccoli. Then I take the remains from the asada in the pan, add balsamic vinegar, deglaze, and use that as dressing. Awesome and fast.

SamIAm's avatar

lettuce mixes (generally baby lettuces, or arugula & radicchio), tomatoes, sliced almonds, some sort of cheese (lately laughing cow triangles have been doing it), croutons, red onion and either a homemade dressing (with a mustard and/or lemon added) or a good seasons with balsamic :)

california pizza kitchen makes a killer original chopped salad too… and there’s this pizza place in ny that makes the best “salad like pizza salad” (it’s their salad slice without the pizza part) ... it has crispy, breaded & fried chicken, tomatoes, carrots, dressing… ugh, i want one right now!

zophu's avatar

Anything fresh that doesn’t taste like plastic.

Austinlad's avatar

Like others in this thread, I adore Greek salad, the more feta the betta, with butter and warm pita on the side.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I frequently have one of two salads for lunch (I am a total salad addict!):

Iceberg lettuce, cucumber, tuna and garlic vinaigrette OR a lettuce mix (I’m really into the butter mix lately), cucumber, carrot, black olives, green olives, sunflower seeds, and oil & vinegar.

If you count non-lettuce salads I really could eat marinated cucumber salad (with onion, oil, vinegar, salt & pepper- NOT mayonnaise) all day.

chels's avatar

The Chef Salad from Pret. (though now without the chicken, pls)

Marinated Chicken
Caesar Dressing
Italian Matured Cheese
Roasted Red Peppers
Toasted Pistachios
Tomatoes
Cucumber
Olives
Oregano
Salad Leaves
Dijon Fresh Dressing

breedmitch's avatar

Arugula, red onion, blood orange supremes. Sherry vinaigrette.

Aster's avatar

frozen corn, diced red onion, tiny black beans, cilantro, diced tomato with some kind of pink vinegarette which I can’t spell. I actually have only purchased one of those pinkish dressings; I don’t know how they make it. I don’t know if it’s raspberry or not.

ETpro's avatar

@Aster Ah yes, I completely left out variations of bean salads. They can be very tasty and great, complete nutrition to boot. GA.

ItsAHabit's avatar

Chef salad with spinach base, chick peas, meat, olives, beets, croutons and ranch dressing topped with balsamic vinegar.

maddfish's avatar

I work in a salad bar and making salads all day is my job :)
Personally my favorite is a spring mix base, raspberries, feta cheese, Italian-seasoned chicken, pecans, and a good raspberry vinaigrette. It’s simple but soooo tasty, especially if you have quality ingredients.

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