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I made salads today!

My family had planned on a potluck picnic for Easter Sunday, but ended up opting for going out for pizza instead. No complaints here. I had, however, been pondering the ingredients in my kitchen for salad making potential and even after I found out the picnic was off decided to go ahead with the preparations.

Salads are my specialty. My first foray was when my officemates at the newspaper where I worked decided to have a potluck lunch. I had zero cooking skills at that time, but had a bit of experience making salads from when I was growing up. I went to the store and picked out all of the most colorful ingredients I could think of. That salad probably cost $30 to make. When you don’t cook and have to buy every single ingredient, making anything is expensive. The salad was a huge success though and now nine years later, salads are still my favorite thing to make.

When I got started on Saturday I wasn’t sure what combination would go into each salad but just started pairing things up and soon it all came together. When I say “soon” I don’t really mean soon. I had this naive notion that whipping up a few salads would take 30 or 40 minutes. Let’s just say my kitchen was full of sunshine when I started and it was pitch black outside when I finished. I had so many projects I wanted to tackle Saturday afternoon, but sometimes it is really nice to just roll with something that feels good. Cooking, for me, is usually a hurried experience because I’m short on time and starving. Leisurely cooking is quite luxurious.

I made salads today!

Ever the optimist, I wrote down the ingredients for each salad as I went along in hopes that I might want to duplicate it someday. Lucky for you and me alike! I don’t really ever measure ingredients, this is all according to taste so if you give any of these a whirl just go with what feels right to you and your taste buds.

I made salads today!

Pasta Salad
Penne Pasta
Small Red Beans
Cannellini Beans
Yellow Pepper
Tomato
Red Onion
Lemon Garlic Herb Salad Dressing
Balsamic Vinegar

I made salads today!

Purple Slaw
Purple Cabbage
Purple Onion
Dulse Flakes (seaweed)
Black Pepper
Sesame Oil
Brown Rice Vinegar
*Sriracha Chili Sauce

*I added this later – it didn’t have quite enough flavor and needed a little bit of kick.

I made salads today!

Cucumber Salad
Cucumber
Tomato
Red Pepper
Purple Onion
Radishes
Green Olives
Balsamic Vinegar
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

I made salads today!

Green Bean Salad
(this one was my favorite)
Green Beans
Red Pepper
Dianna Peppers
Calamata Olives
Purple Onion
Black Pepper
Ume Plum Vinegar
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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