I'm very picky about salads. Each night I usually make a salad with dinner. I don't use iceberg...I don't even buy it - to me, it's a waste of an opportunity to use a better type of "green" - one that has vitamins and nutritional value. I believe that ordering a salad out is a tell-tale sign of the quality of a restaurant. My favorite places have beautiful (green) salads (even awesome side salads)! Putting thought into a great side salad definitely shows that the rest of the dishes are probably also well-thought out and full of quality ingredients too!
At home, I like to use romaine and spinach (organic), with shredded carrots, sunflower seeds, and other "yummies." I am also not much for salad "recipes" (unless it's a chicken salad). I don't usually have a salad as my meal either ... call me crazy, but I feel like a need more substance for something to qualify as a meal. Yeah, yeah I know that some salads can be very substantial, but I've never really looked forward to eating just a salad. Until now.... I still don't eat just a salad, but I DO look forward to making and eating this salad! I love the ingredients, the nuts make it semi-hearty, and the dressing is delish!
My mom gave me this recipe. I swear she told me long ago that she got it from someone at her church, but when I just asked, she told me that she thought she found it in a cookbook, but can't remember which one.... the point is - it's not our recipe, per se, but we have proudly "adopted" it. Try it and you will love it! Trust this picky salad-eater. Best dishes and yummy dreams!
Spinach Salad with a Spicy-Sweet Dressing
Baby spinach, washed and dried
Romaine, washed and torn
Raw, or lightly salted cashews
Apples, cut into bite-sized pieces
(All amounts as desired)
1/4 c. canola oil
1 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. vinegar
1 tbsp. fresh parsley, or 1 tsp. dried
1/2 tsp. salt
dash of pepper, or red pepper sauce
Shake the dressing in a container and pour immediately.
With sweet and sour chicken added!