Salad roundup

I love salads. We’re getting out of salad weather here in Chicago, but I thought I’d post a bunch of them anyway. Maybe you’ll get some ideas for your own salads.

Caprese salad with farmers market tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and fresh mozerella.

Caprese salad with farmers market tomatoes, basil, olive oil, and fresh mozzarella.

Potato arugula salad with mustard dressing.

Potato arugula salad with mustard dressing.

Another caprese salad, with cherry tomatoes.

Another caprese salad, with cherry tomatoes.

Chicken salad with mayo, dried cranberries, and walnuts.

Chicken salad with mayo, dried cranberries, and walnuts.

Salad with various home grown lettuces, tomatoes, and chives.

Salad with various home grown lettuces, tomatoes, and chives.

Salad with home grown lettuce, cherry and grape tomatoes, and cucumbers.

Salad with home grown lettuce, cherry and grape tomatoes, and cucumbers.

Tossed Greek salad with tomatoes, feta, olives, cucumbers, and dried herbs.

Tossed Greek salad with tomatoes, feta, olives, cucumbers, and dried herbs.

Home grown salad fixins.

Home grown salad fixins.

Tossed salad with tomatoes, bell peppers, and parm.

Tossed salad with tomatoes, bell peppers, and parm.

Home grown cherry tomatoes, feta with olive oil and herbs, and bell peppers with lettuce.

Home grown cherry tomatoes, feta with olive oil and herbs, and bell peppers with lettuce.

Salad with corn, tomatoes, black beans, and parm.

Salad with corn, tomatoes, black beans, and parm.

Butter lettuce with olives, feta, white beans, and a fried egg.

Butter lettuce with olives, feta, white beans, and a fried egg.

Garden fresh salad

Garden fresh salad.

Lettuce, cherry tomatoes, green beans, and cucumbers.

Lettuce, cherry tomatoes, green beans, and cucumbers.

Lettuce, cucumbers, green beans, chicken and blue cheese dressing.

Lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, chicken and blue cheese dressing.

Lettuce, green beans, and parm.

Lettuce, green beans, and parm.

Caprese salad.

Caprese salad.

Pasta salad with arugula, tomatoes, white beans, corn, and chicken.

Pasta salad with arugula, tomatoes, white beans, corn, and chicken.

 

 

Home Cookin’- How to eat healthy for cheap

Some things I’ve recently made.

Chicken parmesan with sauteed spinach.

Chicken parmesan with sauteed spinach.

Grilled caprese sandwich (fresh mozerella, tomatoes, basil), fruit salad, green salad with cucumber, tomato, and parmesan.

Grilled caprese sandwich (fresh mozerella, tomatoes, basil), fruit salad, green salad with cucumber, tomato, and parmesan.

Caprese salad.

Caprese salad.

Blanched asparagus with brown butter and parmesan, sauteed spinach and roasted lima beans, three bean salad.

Blanched asparagus with brown butter and parmesan, sauteed spinach and roasted lima beans, three bean salad.

Salad with corn, celery, tomatoes, avocado, and tortilla chips.

Salad with corn, celery, tomatoes, avocado, and tortilla chips.

Greek salad, spinache quiche, and roasted potatoes.

Greek salad, spinache quiche, and roasted potatoes.

Caprese salad, scrambled eggs, and green salad with white beans and parmesan.

Caprese salad, scrambled eggs, and green salad with white beans and parmesan.

Let me know if you want any more details on any of this stuff. And also let me know what you’ve been making!

Home Cookin’- some things I’ve made lately

Roast beef salad with pinto beans, cilantro, and cheddar cheese. Fresh corn.

Roast beef salad with pinto beans, cilantro, and cheddar cheese. Fresh corn.

Chicken tacos: grilled chicken, carmelized onion, cilantro, and chevre. Mexican rice which is just rice cooked with Rotel tomatoes. Black beans, green salad with mixed greens, parmesan, and vinagrette.

Chicken tacos: grilled chicken, carmelized onion, cilantro, and chevre. Mexican rice which is just rice cooked with Rotel tomatoes. Black beans, green salad with mixed greens, parmesan, and vinagrette.

Oven toasted pita with olive oil, white bean hummus with rosemary and garlic, marinated goat cheese, and fruit salad.

Oven toasted pita with olive oil, white bean hummus with rosemary and garlic, marinated goat cheese, and fruit salad.

Green salad with vinagrette, pasta salad with tomatoes, corn, basil, and lemon vinagrette, fruit salad, and blueberry tart.

Green salad with vinagrette, pasta salad with tomatoes, corn, basil, and lemon vinagrette, fruit salad, and blueberry tart.

Green salad with tomatoes and parmesan, pita sandwiches with black beans, cream cheese, and avocado.

Green salad with tomatoes and parmesan, pita sandwiches with black beans, cream cheese, and avocado.

Pita sandwiches with black beans, cream cheese, and avocado.

Pita sandwiches with black beans, cream cheese, and avocado.

Spinach quiche with tzatziki and green salad with white beans, feta, olives, and vinagrette.

Spinach quiche with tzatziki and green salad with white beans, feta, olives, and vinagrette.

White bean hummus, oven toasted pita, green salad with tomatoes, olives, and feta.

White bean hummus, oven toasted pita, green salad with tomatoes, olives, and feta.

Let me know if you want more detailed recipes for this stuff. What have YOU been eating lately?

How to eat healthy for cheap- salads

So, remember when I was talking about our new eating plan? It includes a big salad every day. I just do not get tired of salads! I read a thing about salads that said a good salad should have a lettuce, a fruit, a cheese, a nut, and a “wild card”. I don’t do that everyday, but I come close and am able to make a variety of salads using a lot of the same ingredients over and over.

I usually buy arugula because it’s my favorite, but I also love butter lettuce. Usually I get green leaf or red leaf because it’s almost always on sale, and now and then I will get a bagged mix. I keep lots of fruit on hand like apples, oranges, pears, and dried cranberries. As for the cheese, I usually use parmesan, but sometimes feta, chevre, or blue cheese. Finally I almost always add walnuts. And I have lots of different vinegars: balsamic, white balsamic, white balsamic with fig, and red wine. I make the dressing just by swirling some vinegar and some olive oil over the salad and then tossing. Sometimes it needs a sprinkle or two of sea salt, pepper, or herbed sea salt on top.

Here are 19 different salads:

Arugula, red leaf lettuce, oranges, avocado, walnuts, parmesan, with orange juice, white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, red leaf lettuce, oranges, avocado, walnuts, parmesan, with orange juice, white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, red leaf lettuce, mushroom, garbanzo beans, parmesan, with white balsamic and fig vinegar, olive oil and sea salt dressing.

Arugula, red leaf lettuce, mushroom, garbanzo beans, parmesan, with white balsamic and fig vinegar, olive oil and sea salt dressing.

Arugula, roasted chicken, roasted potatoes, parmesan, with white balsamic, lemon juice, mustard, and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, roasted chicken, roasted potatoes, parmesan, with white balsamic, lemon juice, mustard, and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, garbanzo beans, mushrooms, parmesan, with herbed sea salt, white balsamic, and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, garbanzo beans, mushrooms, parmesan, with herbed sea salt, white balsamic, and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, butter lettuce, oranges, walnuts, with white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula, butter lettuce, oranges, walnuts, with white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula with roasted lima beans, peas, green beans, garbanzo beans, white beans, parmesan, with lemon juice and olive oil dressing.

Arugula with roasted lima beans, peas, green beans, garbanzo beans, white beans, parmesan, with lemon juice and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce with apples, parmesan, and balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce with apples, parmesan, and balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, white beans, with balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, white beans, with balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce, with white beans, feta cheese, Greek olives, with balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce, with white beans, feta cheese, Greek olives, with balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula with chicken, roasted potatoes, avocado, parmesan, with balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula with chicken, roasted potatoes, avocado, parmesan, with balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula and green leaf lettuce with oranges, avocado, parmesan, and white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula and green leaf lettuce with oranges, avocado, parmesan, and white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula and butter lettuce with white beans, lima beans, parmesan, and red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing.

Arugula and butter lettuce with white beans, lima beans, parmesan, and red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing.

Green leaf lettuce with feta and red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing.

Green leaf lettuce with feta and red wine vinegar and olive oil dressing.

Arugula and butter leafe lettuce with white beans, chopped hard boiled eggs, walnuts and white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Arugula and butter leafe lettuce with white beans, chopped hard boiled eggs, walnuts and white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, oranges, walnuts, white beans, with white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Red leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, oranges, walnuts, white beans, with white balsamic and olive oil dressing.

Spring mix with mushrooms, parmesan, and balsamic, olive oil dressing.

Spring mix with mushrooms, parmesan, and balsamic, olive oil dressing.

Spring mix with apples, garbanzo beans, parmesan, and balsamic, olive oil dressing.

Spring mix with apples, garbanzo beans, parmesan, and balsamic, olive oil dressing.

Arugula and green leaf lettuce with apples, white beans, dried cranberries, blue cheese, and balsamic, olive oil dressing.

Arugula and green leaf lettuce with apples, white beans, dried cranberries, blue cheese, and balsamic, olive oil dressing.

Salad mix, pears, white beans, walnuts, blue cheese, with white balsamic and fig vinegar and olive oil dressing.

Salad mix, pears, white beans, walnuts, blue cheese, with white balsamic and fig vinegar and olive oil dressing.