As a self-proclaimed Salad Lover, I’ve come to see that the pregnant version of myself is not at all a Salad Lover.
No, these days I’m more of a Salad Avoider. I’m able to stuff leafy greens into sandwiches or the occasional glass of green juice or green smoothie, but my regular salad days are currently on hiatus – much like my days of wearing pants with a button and zipper.
Of course I know how insanely good greens are for us and I’m well versed in how good I feel when I’m doing the green thing on a daily basis. But alas, my favorite blue salad bowl has remained in the cupboard for weeks on end now, surely lamenting the days gone by when we use to hang out with each other every day.
I miss you too Blue Salad Bowl. Except not really.
Recently I was reminded of a salad I use make all the time and loved with all my heart. The thought of this salad restored a long lost hankering for a big, giant bowl of green goodness, so I stocked up on the necessary ingredients and laid it all out today:
spinach, red leaf lettuce, an apple, miso dressing, tofu and cashews
Tofu is optional. I’ve come to really question the safety of unfermented soy, so I only eat tofu occasionally these days. Today though, tofu was my source of lunch time protein. Garbanzo beans or hard boiled egg could easily be subbed for protein here as well, for whatever reason tofu might strike fear into your heart.
The most important parts of this salad though will now be presented in the following three photographs, in no particular order.
Chopped Gala Apple
and Miso Ginger Dressing
I don’t know what it is about apples, cashews and miso dressing, but together they make this Salad Evader want to dive right in and start chewing, greens or no greens.
Topped with a couple tablespoons of miso dressing, gently stirred so all ingredients are evenly coated. This is where the big blue bowl really shines and saves me from a big ol’ mess on the table.
In hindsight, I probably should have plopped this concoction onto a pretty plate to make it a bit more presentable for the picture. But Blue Bowl was so happy to be reunited with me, I couldn’t bear to break its little heart.
I was really hungry and ready to sit down and eat NOW, presentation be damned.
(One of those reasons is true.)
And oh yeah, this salad rocks. That’s true too.