There’s this stigma running around for thousands of years, tying between salads and dieting women.
“oh me? I’ll have the salad!” (then most movies-books- TV series depict said woman looking sadly at her plate and -if given the opportunity- helping herself to her companion’s plate.)
We all understand the “subtle ” subtext:
Salad is not real food, it’s not sustainable, and even not very tasty.
In short- salads are self inflicted punishment sad women bring on themselves in order to fit to society’s restrictions.
I have 3 things to say:
#1. Don’t believe everything you see in the movies.
#2. Salads can be your basic go-to , endless options to choose from, satiating, healthy, nutritious, tasty and beautiful!!
#3. please remember that sometimes- in certain places- ordering salads in restaurants or coffee places, means you don’t know exactly what the ingredients are, when the vegetables were sliced, and mainly -the added dressing- can be a source of unwanted fats and extra calories.
So making your own salad is just about the easiest thing in the kitchen, all you need to do is wash -cut- assemble.
The options- as I said- are endless, anything and everything goes:
vegetables- naturally, but also- herbs, greens, fruits (think green or red apples, strawberries, apricots, oranges, even cut lemons -peel off), think grains (cooked quinoa, buckwheat, oatmeal grains, wheat grains and so on), think nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans), think cooked legumes (beans, lentils), and dressings?
*lately I’ve been using a great shortcut- I put 2 carrots and 1 apple in my hand mixer, and shred the lot- to use for my lunch salads later. carrots are a great addition to salads- adding tons of vitamins, taste and color-but cutting them finely can make a person need to nap afterwards, so -chop in the hand mixer in a split second and get it finished.
As for the dressing: squeezed lemons , raw tahini, salt &ground pepper, olive oil, (or everything combined?).
Here are a few photos I took of my everyday salads:
Go cut yourself a good salad-
Enjoy- the cooliflower.