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Archive for July 1st, 2014

Dinner Salad as Art

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Oh, the summer! I love the foods of the season.

This Wednesday, a dance friend shared her abundance of romaine lettuce with me. I went home with the freshly-cut lettuce and no other dinner plans. It was hot. Salad for dinner on the porch sounded perfect to me.

Now, I’m not a big fan of meat but I wanted a filling salad to make into dinner. I raided the refrigerator to see what I might find.

I found: 1 hard-boiled egg, hemp seed hearts (high protein/mineral content and buttery texture), one carrot.

This wasn’t quite enough for two people to fill up at dinner. I know that seeds are particularly high food value, and so I got into the cupboard for pepitas (pumpkin seeds without shells). I also found a can of black olives to add a little healthy oil and flavor.

At that point, it looked really tasty but not yet filling enough. If we had some canned beans such as garbanzo beans/chickpeas or fava beans, I would have put those on it. I had no luck in the bean department so I searched my mind a little. Enter the freezer! I thawed about 2/3 of a cup of green peas to divide between us.

At this point it looked filling and tasty. I’m not a vinegar fan (and it doesn’t work well with my allergies) so I prefer very good olive oil as the basis of my dressing. Since it’s summer, we have a few herbs growing well outside right now, so I picked some fresh dill weed and cut that up with scissors.

The final touches were a sprinkling of Gomasio (crushed sesame seeds and sea salt, available from Eden Foods at most food co-ops and healthy stores… or online at EdenFoods.com