I’ve been in a salad mood lately. That’s unusual, since I generally have maintained a non-salad stance since birth. A couple weeks ago, I went to my friend Amy’s house to make mashed potatoes, stir-fried beef, and salad. I asked her if there was anything I could bring. “Sure!,” she said, “I’ve got everything but salad ingredients. Well, I have olive oil and balsamic.”
Like the good scrimping and saving college-student I am, I headed to Trumbull dining hall to swipe what I could of its salad-making ingredients and put them in the Glad containers my dad correctly swore would come in handy. Lucky for me, they had a ready-made salad that night that was great: mixed greens with beets and crumbled sweet goat cheese. Unfortunately, I was stupid and only brought one container with me, so we ended up making do with some pears, blood oranges, and whatever greens, beets, and goat cheese I could fit into my Glad box.
We tossed the sliced fruit, greens, beets, and cheese with a little bit of olive oil, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, a pinch of salt, and some freshly cracked black pepper. At that moment, with the combination of salty and sweet, salad won me over. Since then, I’ve become a new eater.
Today I went to the salad line at Commons determined to recreate the vibrancy of fruit and salad. I loaded my plate with spinach, topped it with raisins (ideally, I’d go for Craisins), sprinkled it with a small spoon of sunflower seeds for nuttiness and sliced some Honeycrisp apples on top. I drizzled the whole affair with balsamic vinegar and olive oil and peppered it. No pinch of salt here, since there wasn’t as much fruit or citrus involved as the salad I made at Amy’s. Then I noticed that Commons was serving lemon-herbed chicken breast, so I decided to make it into a chicken apple salad with raisins and sunflower seeds. Who needs ABP anymore?? Here’s a picture of my efforts:
and another one for good measure:
What you need:
- your choice of greens
- raisins/craisins if you so desire/have them
- some chopped nuts if you like
- fruit (apples, pears, or oranges generally)
- some protein. or you could go without it
- your dressing of choice (mine is always e.v.o.o. and balsamic. thanks rachel ray)
Where: a dining hall. mine was commons. yours might have different ingredients available
Time: it took me literally 4 minutes to make
Cost: FREE(!) if you’re on a meal plan