The Wonderful World of Salads

            Spring is my favorite time of year.  The weather warms up, the flowers bloom and the farmers’ market opens again.  Two things I do year around are grill out and have salads.  However, the salads just taste different in the spring – more flavorful.  Of course this is probably due to the availability of fresh lettuce!  To me salads are like soups are to some of you – anything goes. 

            I open up the refrigerator and see what I have.  It doesn’t matter if it is a fruit, vegetable or meat.  Sometimes I combine salads, like in yesterday’s post.  Sometimes I grill chicken or fish and put on top of my salad.  Other times I make a more traditional salad, like today.  The salad I made today was almost all from ingredients I got at the farmer’s market on Saturday, including the eggs.  I even made the salad dressing myself.  It is a red wine vinaigrette.  I am new to making my own dressing so I would love to hear any tips or tricks you have.

            What do you put on your salads?  What is your go to ingredient? Any salad dressing you can’t live without?

Sometimes Good IS Good Enough!

     So I haven’t posted in a while.  For one thing, I’m in school and the work load is grueling!  The main reason though is that I couldn’t figure out what to write.  I have made a few dishes, but nothing exciting that I wanted to share.  Then I figured out what the problem was when the other day I made a salad that I had wanted to make for a while now.  I was actually craving tuna and white beans.  I don’t know why so don’t ask! 

     I picked up some fresh asparagus at the farmers’ market down the street.  After grilling some, I still had enough left to put into another dish.  I immediately thought it would be good in my tuna salad.  So I lightly steamed my asparagus.  Opened a can of white beans, rinsed them and added two cans of tuna.  I mixed all of this with some spices, olive oil and red wine vinegar. 

     The result was okay – nothing to write home about though.  Where had I gone wrong?  I agonized over this for about a day or so.  Got on the internet and googled the ingredients.  Read other people’s reviews of other people’s recipes.  Nothing clicked.  The next day I came home for lunch and had some more.  Still good, but no secret ingredient wow moment. 

      This morning I got up and went to the farmers’ market.  Bought some lettuce, strawberries and other wonderful things.  When I got back home I used the lettuce and made a salad with the left over tuna mix.  As I was prepping the salad I realized that I really liked the tuna I made even though it wasn’t an eye-popping, soul reviving taste creation.  It was good!  Immediately I realized that was the problem.  Everything I make has to live up to the standard of melt in your mouth, oh my goodness wonderfulness.  But that is not even realistic.  How about it just has to be good?  Healthy is always a nice quality too, but good is a very acceptable result.

     So having figured this out, I went downstairs with my salad and shared it with a friend.  We both enjoyed it and some long overdue friendly conversation.

So remember  – sometimes GOOD IS GOOD ENOUGH!!