It is Summer Time here in California and I am all in with salads. Actually I love salads all year round but truly appreciate them more when it is over 80 degrees out and I do not want to heat up the house.
One of my favorite things about salads are there really are no rules and you really can not screw them up. We call them salad dumps in our house. However sometimes I try to stick to a theme. Today it was all about the Cobb. I am not a vegetarian but I do not consume a lot of meat so this is a great salad to create and make sure you hit all those nutritional goals.
The thing that makes salad dumps so much fun when we entertain is recreating the salad bar feeling. This style of eating allows everyone to pick and choose what they want to add to their plate, I have some very picky friends lol. This not only looks pretty on the table but it also takes the pressure off of me to please everyone. (Full disclosure I did add some animal protien as an option because some of my guests asked for it)
The only problem I run into when doing these types of salad bars is the freaking cleanup. Where are those kids when you need them 🙂
Today’s creation included:
- Chopped broccoli
- Variety of beans- I always include kidney and chickpea
- Diced tomatoes
- Olives, it is fun to add a few varieties
- Shaved brussel sprouts
- Variety of cheese- Feta is a must for us
- Roasted corn
- Pickled red onions
- Chopped asparagus- slightly steamed
- Bell peppers
- Chopped avocado
- At least three varieties of lettuce- I like to have some hearty and some baby leaves
- Optional- diced ham and cubed turkey
I usually put some of the popular fixings in a lazy Susan. Then I just put the rest of the fixings into small bowls and put them all over the table. I do not I repeat DO NOT do this type of spread just for Mike and I, if it is just the two of us I usually just mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and serve. As the famous saying goes “you get what you get and you do not throw a fit”.
Now let’s talk salad dressings. I love love love me a good blue cheese dressing on my Cobb salad. I do not make my own, my favorite is the one from Trader Joe’s. It is the bomb!
My second favorite dressing is from California Balsamic. I love all of their products but the fresh basil is my #1. Their dressings are all oil free and gluten-free.
If you do not want to do a dressing you can add in some fresh fruit and squeeze some lemon over the salad.
Salad dumps are the best and I hope you are getting wild and crazy with your dumps a couple times a week.