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The Most Exciting Salad Ever

by Marissa on June 2, 2011

With the weather heating up, I’ve been eating plenty of salads these days, and I’ll be the first to admit it’s easy to get stuck in a rut with these leafy green meals in a bowl. They can seem boring at times. But that just wasn’t the case with the salad I made today.

What made today’s salad so special is that I spiced it up and loaded it with the vegetables I love. The finished product displayed a rainbow of colors and tons of flavor, almost too pretty to eat.

When making a salad, I try to survey everything in my refrigerator and pull out the ingredients I think may be a good fit.

Starting with greens as my base, I usually rely on mixed greens but I also try to add other greens, in this case, watercress. Spinach, bok choy, arugula and dandelion greens are also a good choice. If I have herbs like cilantro and chives, I’ll toss those in too. Parsley, basil or scallions work also.

Next I go for color – always a yellow or orange pepper, I love fennel so I always have it around. Today I added purple cabbage because it was leftover from something I made earlier this week. A carrot or gently steamed sweet potato add sweetness and cucumber is a shoo in.

Finally, I garnish and top the salad. If I have olives, I’ll add a few and I always sprinkle some nuts or seeds for added crunch and protein – today I used pumpkin seeds but sesame seeds, hemp seeds or sunflower seeds are perfect. A few slices of avocado and a generous squeeze of lemon finishes off any salad and adds lots of flavor. If you want bold flavor and aren’t planning on going anywhere or having close conversations, consider a bit of red onion or chopped garlic which naturally fight illness and infection.

My go-to salad dressing is simple: A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. But if I have extra time, I’ll make my favorite homemade Goddess Dressing.

What are your favorite salad combos?


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May 16, 2011
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When I first moved to NYC, I existed on a junk food vegetarian diet: pizza, Subway, chocolate chip cookies and McDonald’s french fries (I’m not kidding!). One of my favorite nights in was to make a pot of Mac-n-Cheese for dinner and settle in on the sofa for some reality TV. While I still have […]

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There’s no denying that jet lag hits me hard. No matter what I do to prevent the feelings of lethargy, it always seems to creep up on me. After spending a week on the West coast, I have felt “jet laggy” all week. Today was particularly rough having slept later than usual, missing my workout […]

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Taking to the Pole

August 17, 2010
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This must be the week of the Groupon because in addition to the one I used for my Boot Camp classes, I used another one last night for an Introductory class at S Factor, a pole dancing exercise class. I blogged here more than a year ago about my first visit to the S Factor […]

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Bootcamp Day 1: Bang for the Buck

August 16, 2010
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My workouts lately have consisted of running and yoga so I was long overdue for a change in routine. I bought a Groupon for Stacy’s Bootcamp earlier this year and figured now was as good a time as any to use it. Monday at 6 a.m. comes early but there is no better way to […]

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Summer Sweat

August 14, 2010
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Today just might be the best weather we’ve had in NYC all Summer! My boyfriend and I were awake bright and early and since he has been feeling under the weather, decided to forgo our morning run but traded it for a stroll over the Brooklyn Bridge. He and I have both made the trip […]

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