It’s no secret – if you know me at all, or even just follow me on Instagram or Facebook…..I LOVE salads. I will choose a salad over just about any meal & have spent years perfecting different types of salads & their ingredients. I have phases where I only do romaine with Tex Mex style ingredients, then there are other times I can’t eat a salad without olives and sun-dried tomatoes. Do I ever feel deprived eating salads as the main course of my lunches / dinners? Heck no! I think my salads are hearty & full of nutrition. Are you curious whether I stick with salads when I eat out or am on vacation? Yep, I sure do – just because I’m out or on vacation does not mean that I really eat differently…..my eating is very automated & actually comfortable. In fact, when I eat out OR am on vacation, I might splurge here or there on things my family orders to share (crab cakes, calamari (yum) and the random dessert), but when given a menu, I always seek out a hearty salad that contains the following: a lean protein (chicken or some type of fresh seafood – blackened grouper is my FAVE when in Florida), colorful veggies (peppers, tomatoes, different kinds of greens), something with crunch-factor (sunflower seeds, pepitas, nuts (UN-candied….those are danger), a healthy fat like avocado or even occasionally a cheese like feta or blue, and a fresh tasty dressing (homemade vinaigrettes are my favorite). In fact, take this salad from our trip to St. Pete Beach last summer…..it is perfect example of exactly how I stick to my “usual” way of eating while on vacation/traveling: romaine, cucumbers, red onion, tomatoes, carrots, sunflower seeds, a bit of feta, blackened shrimp & vinaigrette. Perfection!
Not much changes about this picture when we eat out here in Indy either! Last night we took the kiddies out to dinner at Maggianos (I had been craving a glass of wine & chopped salad on their patio all summer) before heading to the airport to pick my Dad up & here’s what my meal looked like: romaine, tomatoes, blue cheese, prosciutto, avocado & chicken. It was amazing! (Not to mention my kids were amazed when my glass of wine came with an “M” for “Mom” on it! Haha!)
Are you a fellow salad (whenever) lover? What are your fave “go to” ingredients? Have a fave homemade dressing recipe you’d like to share? I don’t make enough here & I really need to change that! I know they are SO easy! Currently I’m stuck on a Feta Dill Greek Yogurt dressing from Litehouse…mix that with a little red wine vinegar & you’re golden! It’s amazing!
Enjoy & Happy Monday!
xoxo – Jamie