19 January 2009

Meatless Monday: My Favorite Salad

I know salad itself doesn't quite constitute a meal, but it really rounds one out! This salad is pretty versatile. I've served it with numbers of things including soup. Bagged spinach is available year round in most grocers for a good price. This salad also works well with other greens. I enjoy mine stuffed inside a toasted whole wheat pita for a sandwich of sorts. Mmmmm! =)

Plus, I know your must be getting sick of soup recipes, right? You're not?

That's good. I've lots more!

Spinach Salad w/ Lemon Vinaigrette
about 4 cups fresh spinach
1/2 c. thinly sliced radish
1/2 c. diced tomato
1/2 c. diced green onion
1 cucumber thinly sliced

Rinse vegetables well. Prepare, combine and set aside while you make the dressing. This is where the magic happens.

3 TBSP fresh lemon juice
1/4 c. olive oil
1 clove garlic, pressed
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp cilantro
dash cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl. Whisk to combine well. Pour over salad. Toss well to coat. You may add croutons or toasted pita strips is desired for a little extra crunch.
The dressing is also great as a marinade. It's even better spread over french bread and toasted in the oven. You don't want to know how much bread I've eaten this way. . .

1 comment:

Joey said...

Hi. This is Joey, from Meatless Monday. I know we've reached out to you before, but I just wanted to thank you for keeping up the Meatless Monday blog posts every week. Thanks for helping spread the word about this health campaign!

Your Spinach Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette looks very refreshing. You might to try our Spinach Rasberry salad, listed under lunch in the Meatless Monday recipe archives http://www.meatlessmonday.com/recipearchive. This week's theme is chili, so we have several hearty meatless chili recipes.