Just about everyday I eat a salad at work. This may seem like a perfectly normal thing to eat for lunch but until I moved to Los Angeles, I hated salad and refused to eat it. I can’t remember exactly why I was so averse to eating salads, it probably had something to do with the fact that I had a whole thing about not eating cold foods (I still don’t like eating things cold like leftovers and pizza). So what changed my mind? Well shortly after moving to Los Angeles I wanted to try Madeline Bistro (RIP!) as I kept hearing was the best place for vegan food in L.A. so Scott and I ventured to the Valley and gave it a shot. They had a Cajun Caesar Salad with Blackened Tempeh which sounded interesting to me so I asked Scott if he would get it so I could try it (this is a ploy I try often when we are at restaurants, and usually ends with me trying to steal his food), he obliged and I tried the salad and loved it. I couldn’t believe it, I had eaten a salad and liked it and the sky didn’t run red with blood. So after that I started trying salads other places and would make myself a Caesar salad from time to time, I still wasn’t completely sold on salad but I wanted to like them and kept trying them when I felt the urge.
Flash forward to 2013 and I’m bringing a salad nearly everyday as my lunch for work. Now I still have a way to go with salad, I’m still just kind of making a variation on Caesar salad but I’ve added a few more things to it recently. My basic salad formula is: baby lettuce mix, shredded carrots, bacony bits, vegan cheezy salad booster, vegan parm, baked tofu (heated up) and Trader Joe’s Goddess Dressing. Now I know this isn’t the most healthy salad as it has so few vegetables, I like vegetables but somehow I don’t know which ones I would like in this kind of salad (if you have some recommendations let me know). Last week I decided to shake things up a bit and made an asian inspired salad (photo above): baby lettuce mix, shredded carrots, quinoa, edamame, baked teriyaki tofu and ponzu dressing. I like how light this salad is and think I will continue to experiment with it. So while I’m a 31-year-old woman who is still new to the world of salad, I feel like I am making some progress.
What are some of your favorite salad recipes? Share them with me so I can expand my salad repertoire!