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Posts Tagged ‘salads’

Cool Summer Salads

Posted by terrepruitt on August 2, 2017

We are in a little heat wave. I just don’t like it. If it is over 75° F, I am uncomfortable. Today it is in the high 90’s.  Maybe it is even hotter, it was in the 90’s the last I looked.  I wish I would have planned for it. The last time I was home and we had super high temps I decided that we would be eating salads. Something I think of as “Summer Salads” although I had never done it before. I have heard about a salad where you mix onions and watermelon but I have never done it. In my last produce box we got a watermelon so I thought I would put some watermelon on our salad greens and we would have a summer salad. I did this even though I know my hubby does not like watermelon. I don’t know many people who don’t like watermelon, but he does not. But I don’t know of many things he really DOES NOT LIKE. He just doesn’t like it. As in he doesn’t go ga-ga over it like I do, or many people I know. So, I figured he would eat it, but he might not love it. I didn’t do the salad that I had mentioned, because when I say watermelon and onions, I mean just watermelon and onions . . . maybe something else, I don’t know, I looked it up so long ago . . . because I couldn’t believe it when I first heard about it. But I don’t remember if it was something else too. I have never risked making it and “wasting” watermelon. But this time I was really wanting something cool and refreshing because it was soooo hot. So I used watermelon and made a summer salad.

Another fruit I used was peaches. Now, I am the odd man out here . . . I don’t like peaches. I am like my hubby. I can eat them. And sometimes I do, but I don’t go ga-ga over them. I don’t seek them out. I will avoid them for the most part. My husband loves them. So I used peaches in my next “Summer Salad”. They were very yummy salads.

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I think he enjoyed both salads. I know I did. Now here I am on this hot, hot, hot, hot day wishing I had salad greens and some yummy fruit to make a nice salad. I think I will be going to the store tomorrow. Here are two versions of summer salads.


Watermelon With Greens Salad

Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Balsamic Vinegar
Olive Oil

Cut the watermelon into bite-sized pieces. Chop up some onion . . . you decide how much you want to put on each salad. Put a couple of handfuls of arugula in each bowl, then top with fruit, and chopped onions. Sprinkle with some parmesan, the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.


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Red Leaf Lettuce
Balsamic Vinegar*
Olive Oil

Cut the peaches into bite-sized pieces. Chop up some onion . . . you decide how much you want to put on each salad. Chop up the leaf lettuce. Put some leaf lettuce and a handful of arugula in each bowl, then top with fruit, and chopped onions. Sprinkle with the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

*I actually used Fig Vinegar with , but balsamic would be just as yummy

**I actually used lavender salt, but regular salt will do the trick


How about you? Do you put fruit on your greens? What kind of fruit? Do you put dressing on?

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Put Rocket In Your Bowl

Posted by terrepruitt on July 20, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYoMy latest veggie obsession is arugula.  Now I know I have been eating arugula for a long time.  I know that it is popular at restaurants.  I know that I have had entrées topped with arugula or it served on the side.  I know that it is in some of the salad mixes I buy and eat.  I know that it is described as having a peppery flavor.  But I didn’t know how good it was.  I actually think that I thought that the food with it in it or on it was so good because it was “restaurant food” and the chef knew how to cook.  I had never thought to attribute the fabulous flavor of the whole dish to arugula.  Ok, maybe not every dish was fabulous BECAUSE of the arugula but I am thinking that they were definitely enhanced by this green.  Recently I was in the store and I was looking at my choice of organic greens and there was spinach and the regular packaged assortment of weeds and a separate container of arugula.  I hadn’t remembered ever seeing arugula in a separate container before.  Maybe because I always grab either spinach or the bunch of weeds.  But this time I noticed them so I decided to grab them.

The regular assortment of weeds has been very tiring to me.  It has become so tiring and bitter that I have actually elected to not have salad a few nights because I just didn’t want to eat that bitter bunch.  So when I was standing in the produce section and I saw something other than that package of weeds I was very happy.  I thought, “What the heck?  I know I have had arugula before.”  I always thought of it as an accent green.  So I bought some spinach too and just put a bit of arugula in with it when preparing our salads.  I always was a tad bit concerned because of the description I kept seeing.  The peppery part.

I decided I love arugula.  I have been loading up our salads with it.  My hubby does not get as excited about greens — except collard greens — as I do so he just shrugged it off when I went on and on.  And now it is our salad staple.  I don’t think it really has any great nutritional values, but if it is a nice accent to a salad and encourages you to eat one, then that is a benefit.

I have a friend and I always share with her my latest kick and I told her that I arugula was my latest thing and she said the same thing as I did.  She doesn’t remember ever seeing it sold separate in a bag or container either.  So either we both have not noticed it before or they weren’t doing it as much as they are now.  She hadn’t tried it either.  Yes, she has had it the same way I have had it but not buying it and putting it in a salad herself.  Well, since I love it I thought I would point it out.  Yes, it could be something you have been using forever and this is old news, but you never know. I always have faith that I am giving at least one person a new idea.  It might not even be the exact one I am sharing but I like to think my “share” sparks something for someone.

According to Wiki (copied directly from) “Eruca sativa is an edible annual plant, commonly known as salad rocket, roquette, rucola, rugula, colewort, or, in the United States, arugula.”

Some quick nutritional information:  in 2 cups there is

20 calories
.5 gram of fat
25 mgs of sodium
148 mgs of potassium
3 grams of carbs
1 grams of fiber
2 grams of protein

It also looks as if it can be a great source of Vitamin A and Vitamin K.  And to me a good source of calcium.  Plus it being a green it has phytochemicals which are necessary for good health.

Do you eat salad rocket?  Are you an arugula fan?

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Layered Salad

Posted by terrepruitt on May 5, 2011

Since I have a few posts about salads, I have a few comments about salad. When my blogger sister mentioned in her comment her favorite salad is a layered salad I asked her to send me the recipe. So she did. I invite anyone to send me salad recipes. I am not necessarily requesting any certain TYPE of salad because we all have different nutritional needs, different likes, and different dislikes. Here is The Water Witch’s Daughter’s favorite salad:

Seven Layer Salad

It is generally topped with a dressing to marinade for about four hours before serving, and then it is topped with crumbled bacon. The typical dressing is one cup of Miracle Whip mixed with a half cup of sour cream and a quarter cup of sugar.

These are the ingredients pictured:

one to two bunches of romaine lettuce, chopped
one yellow pepper, chopped one cucumber, peeled and diced
about two cups carrots, chopped
one container of grape tomatoes, cut in half
one package of thawed frozen peas
one cup of shredded mild cheddar cheese


Looks like she started with the lettuce, then put the peppers, then carrots, cucumbers, peas, tomatoes, then topped it with the cheese. I guess you can layer it anyway you would like, she didn’t say.

She did say that she did not marinate this one she just used ranch dressing. So it seems like there are dressing options. As with any salads, you can make them with whatever you want, and you can layer them, but I am thinking that the peas and the cheese combine to make a specific type of texture and flavor.

I am not a fan of Miracle Whip, more accurately I don’t like it. The ranch dressing is more my style, but on my salads I tend to just use olive oil and vinegar. But for this I would think a light creamy dressing would be good. With the ingredients state above, what dressing would YOU use? Do you have a favorite? Or can you suggest one that might be less calories? What would really blend well with this salad yet at the same time make it pop? Please share because I am curious as to what to use.

Thank you to my friend SuziCate for sharing her favorite salad! Thanks for the picture too!

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I love food Allergies

Posted by terrepruitt on February 8, 2011

After my Nia class this past week, I went out to have something to eat with a friend.  I wanted something on the menu without this and with that, and instead of this could I get that on the side?  In the past I have hated going out to eat  because I couldn’t ever find anything I liked.  Well, several things have happened;

1) I eat more variety than I used to eat
2) Almost every restaurant serves a salad and
3) I can now rearrange a menu item and the server doesn’t have a fit.

I think a lot of it is due to food allergies.

Well, not entirely because long before people started discovering they were allergic to gluten restaurants started being more flexible with their menu.  So many things have tomatoes and even though I will eat a tomato, I prefer not to have them IN things.  Now-a-days it seems so many things have a hot, spicy chipotle or something other sauce on it.  So I am ALWAYS at the very least requesting that something listed on the menu as part of the dish be eliminated. I do believe though that so many people are allergic to so many things servers and restaurants are more sensitive to the fact and they just try their best to do what you want.  Sometimes they might feel the need to charge you when you do a lot of rearranging, but they will usually let you know if that is the case.  And you will be able to get what you want.

I used to pour over the menu trying to find the thing that I could eat.  I used to break out in a sweat when it was my turn to order.  My husband used to . . . .no, he still does, roll his eyes.  Now I can pick something and take off a few things or add this.  I once was reminded that if the kitchen isn’t busy and they have all the ingredients for what you want, you can always just ask for it.  Sometimes you get a surprise.  Years ago I was at a hotel and I asked if they could make me a grilled cheese even though it was not on the menu.  When my order came up I was horrified because I didn’t remember ordering two, but there were two sitting there.  The waitress saw my face and laughed explaining that the cook thought it sounded good so he made one for himself.  Whew!  I certainly didn’t want two.

While I don’t really love food allergies because I understand that they can have very serious consequences if the person that is allergic to a particular food happens to consume it.  I also understand that living with a food allergic can be quite a challenge.  I do, however, love that as a result I think restaurants are more accommodating.  I love that most restaurants will have a vegetable option and/or vegetable sides.  Also, if there really isn’t anything on the menu that grabs me, I can usually fall back on a salad.  Since so many things contain gluten that you might not even thing about, I can also rearrange the salad if I want.

What about you?  Do you order straight off the menu?  Or do you rearrange things a bit?

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