Salad is as Salad does. And who doesn’t like a big, juicy, loaded, creamy-dressed salad? I truly feel for you if you do not.
For those salad nay-sayers out there, I believe that you may not care for salad because you have never had a real one before. I’m not talking about those side salads you get from fast food joints with half frozen lettuce and tomatoes, and plastic packaged, chemical laden dressings. I’m talking about homemade, fresh salads with too many veggies to count, exploding in flavor, and tickling your taste buds.
Who better to introduce you to one of these magical salads than my dear blog friend, and Miss Crafty, herself, than Katie!
Ah, salad. I’ll be honest; I haven’t always been the salad lover that I am today. Nay, I was once a salad hater. And when I say hated, I mean I hated salad. I wouldn’t even eat lettuce. Really, who doesn’t like sweet, little, innocuous lettuce? And, kids, this hatred continued throughout college. (Oh, and side note – I was a vegetarian. Clearly, a very healthy vegetarian.)
Maybe I could have gotten into this salad. More likely, I would have just picked out the candy bar pieces and eaten those.
Fast forward several years, and let’s reacquaint ourselves with Katie. I am a lover of all things veggie. My definition of salad is firmly rooted in the vegetable realm. Yes, I know other forms exist (fruit salad, macaroni salad, taco salad, etc.), they are just not what jump to my mind when I hear “salad”.
I eat a salad everyday. You heard that correctly. I cannot remember the last day that I didn’t eat a salad. Most, I have a ginormous salad for lunch, but at the very least there will be a side salad to accompany my dinner or breakfast. What, you don’t eat salad at breakfast? Sure I get funny looks if I order it at a restaurant, but I’m used to that. (The funny looks, that is.)
This big boy was dressed with Gena’s Zucchini dressing. It is shockingly good, and I’ve made it several times. This latest time I used coconut aminos instead of nama shoyu, which is gluten-free, soy-free, vegan, and raw. It’s a little sweeter than soy sauce, so I omitted the stevia, too.
I actually threw it into a bowl and added a little more of everything and mixed it all up. It was the Biggest. Salad. Ever. And I was stuffed. Mission accomplished.
You see, even those hard-core salad lovers (me included), at one time, had not been introduced properly to Salad. But, once you come across the one that captures your heart, tongue, and eyes, you know it’s love.
Salad, this post is for you, and all of your glory.