Tasty Tuesday – New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year, WMAGS! What are your resolutions?

IMG_4473-768x1024Mine is to eat more salad. It’s not just because I ate every treat I could get my hands on over the holidays and feel the need to lighten up a bit. A big reason is because lately I don’t have much desire to eat meat. I’m not becoming a vegetarian, and I don’t have a moral reason for avoiding it, it just doesn’t sound that good to me anymore. In fact, a lot of the comfort foods I used to love just don’t seem that appetizing.

I’m craving some fresh, crunchy veggies. I want salad.

When it comes to great green salads, I learned some secrets from a friend. Here are some tips:

  • Use a nice variety of greens for color and depth of flavor
  • Add crushed fresh garlic
  • Sprinkle on herbs–I like to use dill, red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt and ground black pepper
  • Sometimes the best dressing is just a squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzling of olive oil.

For a simple vinaigrette, I love this recipe from Emeril.

And when I’m ready to get more elaborate with salads, I’ve found a few to try.

Healthy Chicken Chickpea Salad (Pictured here – photo is from Ambitious Kitchen, which is where I got the recipe)

Cilantro Lime Chickpea Salad (I guess I have a thing for chick peas)

Broccoli, Grape and Pasta Salad

Do you have any delicious salad recipes to share?




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