I always think of the toppings we put on salads as accessories like adorning our bodies with jewelry, shoes, scarves, hats, makeup, and tattoos. Salad toppings make the salad no matter what you choose, you are accessorizing your plate based on your palate and your choices.
A Bejeweled Salad would have ruby red beets and golden nugget coins would be yellow carrots. It might also have a cherry on top. But the adornment I want to talk about today is more than just a topping, it accentuates the salad and brings out the flavors of the ingredients it’s covering. It’s like the adorning touches of a nice shade of nail polish or lipstick to complete an outfit.
A dressing can be that perfect shade we put on right before leaving the house. Sometimes it doesn’t really matter if our hair’s a mess, when we have that perfect lip shade on, we don’t notice we’re in sweats! Dressings and vinaigrettes dress up the lowliest of lettuces without anything else on the plate. Like Blue Cheese dressing on a wedge of iceberg lettuce. Iceberg lettuce is one of the lowliest in the lettuces but we overlook that fact with the dressing over the top.
Italian Goddess Dressing
- 1 clove garlic, sliced
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 large English cucumber
- 1 stalk celery
- 1 T oregano
- 1/2 t Himalayan salt
- 2 T apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
- 1/3 cup virgin olive oil
- 2 T filtered water
Whirl it together in a high powered blender or Nutri-bullet.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
It’s great on multiple salad mixes.
Vibrant Chopped Salad
- 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
- 1 half jicama, diced
- 1/2 small head purple cabbage
- 1/2 English cucumber, sliced
- 1/2 medium zucchini, sliced
- 1 yellow pepper, diced
- 1/2 small red onion, small diced
- Italian Goddess Dressing
Mix together and divide into two medium bowls. Add the dressing and toss.
Makes 3 servings
- Black or green olives (bottled in olive oil, not vinegar)
- Pepperocinis (Husband’s usual adornment)
- Sunflower and Pumpkin seeds
- Raw organic chopped nuts
- Fresh Berries of choice
Let’s do a retake of our word associations and look at how we adorn out plates, our palates, and our lives.
How do you accessorize your salads?