Fun with Chopped Salads

Posted on February 2, 2009 by

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Chopped salads are a fun way to play with texture and tastes – and are very easy to make. You’ll need a big chopping board and a large sharp knife.  It’s best to start by chopping the harder, crunchy veggies first, slicing the big stuff (like cucumbers) before chopping.  Then, as you add more veggies and the lettuce, while you’re chopping bring it all to the center of the board and keep chopping and mixing.  When everything is chopped, you’ll have a big mound of salad on the board.  Make a well in the center and drizzle in your salad dressing ingredients, then mix it all together and serve it right from the board or in a bowl.  Get imaginative!  Add your chopped meat to the mix, or serve it on the side.  Have fun!!

Here are a couple of recipes to get you started:

THE BASIC GREEN CHICKEN serves 2

2 Romaine lettuce hearts; one cucumber; 1/2 cup shredded green cabbage; 6 green onions; 1/4 cup of fresh basil; 8 oz cooked chicken breast

Dressing:  2 TBS extra virgin olive oil, 2 TBS lemon juice, 1 TBS stone ground mustard

TACO CHOP SALAD serves 2

add the ground meat and chopped avocado last, after tossing with the salsa

2 Romaine lettuce hearts, 1/2 cup chopped onion, 8 oz ground turkey ( browned with salt-free taco seasoning); 1/2 cup diced celery; 1/2 cup diced tomato (seeds removed); 1 avocado

Dressing: 3 TBS  low sodium salsa

Also try the Chopped Salad with Apple Vinaigrette and Crunchy Red Salad in the Genesis Recipe section!

http://www.deliciousdelicious.com/archives/first_act/salads/

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