ModernHostess: Dear Salads, Step It Up!
I love salad. It may not be the most filling thing you can eat, but you certainly always feel good about eating it. It’s colourful, it’s nutritious, and I think Bart Simpson was wrong- you CAN win friends with salad.
The thing I love most about salads is that there are basically no rules. You can do whatever you want! I usually start with a base of greens, but sorry lettuce, you’re kind of boring. I much prefer spinach or arugula. I love to have a little crunch in my salads, so I often add sunflower seeds or toasted nuts like almonds or walnuts. Other ingredients to liven up a dull salad: fresh chopped garlic, fresh herbs, beans, such as chick peas or black beans, cheese (obviously), like feta, goat cheese, or blue cheese (if you can handle it), craisins, crushed tortilla chips, or atypical salad veggies like avocado or bell peppers.
Another thing that I love adding to plain old vegetable salads is fruit. My favourites are strawberries, mangoes, apples, and melons. The sweet fruits really stand out against the taste of savoury vegetables and salty cheese, plus it’s kind of unexpected and fun to have a little something different in your salad!
In my opinion, the best salads are simple, contain the freshest ingredients, and all the flavours complement one another without taking over. A great example of my kind of salad is watermelon and feta salad. The watermelon tastes sweeter, the feta tastes saltier… these ingredients just work beautifully together. You might think this is a strange combination, but believe me, it’s delicious, especially in the summer when watermelon is at its peak freshness. Try it the next time you want a salad that’s not just a boring filler. Enjoy!!
Watermelon and Feta Salad
Watermelon, cut in cubes.
Feta cheese, cut in cubes or crumbled.
Fresh basil, chopped.
Olive oil, to taste.
Fresh lemon zest and juice, to taste (optional).
Salt and pepper, to taste.
Combine ingredients in a large bowl and toss until everything is coated evenly.