We have a few main dish salads that everyone likes but so often our side salad is just a pile of lettuce. What is the one ingredient that really makes a salad for your family? Is there a certain fresh herb or fruit that you really like? I don't really want a whole recipie just that extra touch.
Everyone else's suggestions sound really good. One easy and delicious salad ingredient is frozen peas right out of the bag. No need to defrost them. They taste good in a mixed spinach/lettuce salad with red onions, feta and a good homemade garlicky vinegrette.
Thanks these are some goo ideas!!
I've really been trying to replace some grains with fruits and vegetables-- whenever someone is hungry we reach for crackers, granola, bagels, breads.
The rice really sounded good - rocketmom- do you think if we added rice or other grains (croutons, pasta) it would help us adjust to more vegetables?
Lately, my fave salad is mixed field greens with imported sheep's milk feta, with sunflower seeds and a balsamic-EVOO dressing.
Sliced or quartered pears with gorgonzola is also nice.
We often do chicken breasts marinated in hot sauce, with shredded carrots and blue cheese dressing, for a buffalo-chicken salad.
I also like cobb salad, and southwestern-style salad (chicken cooked w/appropriate spices, shredded jack cheese, black olives, tomato, avocado, red onion, with ranch dressing).
Sorry--I know these are more like "recipes" but, for me, it's tough to add just one ingredient to make the salad come alive. I am not a salad fan, so I really have to work hard to make them appetizing.