Awwww, Go Green Salad! What a wonderful thing you are! Perfect as a side dish or main meal. Healthy. Easy. Deliciously fabulous! Everything a momma approves of. Really, what’s not to love?
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I don’t know about you but in our home, you will often find the hubby and I munching away on a nice crisp salad. Sometimes we top our salads with grilled chicken or ham and sometimes we top them with crunchy homemade restaurant-style croutons.
But, no matter how you fix it, salad seems to always be a staple food item, not only in our home but in pretty much any restaurant. Which leads me to my next point.
A few months ago my family and I attended an orchestra concert held at a local university. It was extra special because our 10-year-old grandson played his violin in front of a live audience for the very first time. He did so well and we are so very proud of him!
After the concert, my family enjoyed dinner together at a popular local restaurant. After studying the menu, I ended up ordering an amazing salad that was loaded with nothing other than green fruits and vegetables.
Oh my goodness! It was delish! Immediately I took note of the ingredients and thought to myself, “Self, you can make this yummy salad at home any time you want to!” Thus, this is my personal copycat version of Go Green Salad.
The base of Go Green Salad begins with a mixture of triple-washed organic spring salad mix which I place onto my pretty white triangle-shaped platter. Now I build the salad from there.
Next, I add slices of granny smith apples, Bartlett pears, cucumbers, and avocado. I then add green grapes, garden peas, and a sprinkle of lightly salted pumpkin seeds (seen in the picture below).
The restaurant serves their Go Green Salad with a green poppy seed dressing, however, I use my own homemade Easy Poppy Seed Dressing (pictured above).
Personally, I think my poppy seed dressing is every bit as good (if not better) than the restaurant’s salad dressing.
Fyi… a cup of green tea makes a fabulous companion to Go Green Salad.
It’s very easy to make adjustments to a Go Green Salad. If there is an ingredient you aren’t particularly fond of, simply omit it. On the other hand, feel free to add other green foods such as broccoli, green cabbage, green onion, honeydew, kiwi, snow peas, endive, or whatever suits your fancy.
- 4 large handfuls of organic spring salad mix
- 1/2 granny smith apple, sliced
- 1/2 Bartlett pear, sliced
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/4 cup fresh garden peas
- 2 cups green grapes
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- Homemade Easy Poppy Seed Dressing or salad dressing of choice
- Place spring salad mix on a serving platter. Arrange the remaining ingredients on top of the lettuce.
- Drizzle salad dressing over top.
If there is an ingredient you aren’t particularly fond of, simply omit it. On the other hand, feel free to add other green foods such as broccoli, green cabbage, green onion, honeydew, kiwi, snow peas, endive, or whatever suits your fancy.
Rotisserie chicken also makes a lovely addition to a Go Green Salad.
Here’s to going green!
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