I hate vegetables!
There, I’ve said it.
In fact, I hate eating anything green. And yes, I’m perfectly healthy too, even though I’ve spent all of my life avoiding veggies. That being said, there are times when I’m occasionally offered a side salad so tempting and delectable that I simply can’t refuse tasting it. Sometimes, I even end up actually devouring it. These instances are rare and far between, but they’ve been known to happen.
Salads, in my opinion, are generally boring. A few leaves of lettuce, a cherry tomato or two, and you might as well be eating cardboard. Of course, garnish and sauces help, but then, would you really be reaching the healthy target? What about the weight loss goal? Most salad dressings are almost as fattening as a sandwich, so you might as well eat the sandwich, right? I can imagine all the vegetarian and vegan readers gnashing their teeth at me for this one. Animal issues aside, I say it again, no I don’t find salads particularly appetising, let alone filling, so shoot me.
Still, there are a couple of salads which even the most hardened veggie-hater cannot by-pass without a second glance. No, I’m not speaking about the excessively hyped Chicken Caesar Salad, or the currently hip Kale salad. Here are some vegetable-based salads which, in my humble opinion, are actually worth trying out.
Cobb Salad – American in origin, this garden salad features smoked ham, chicken breast, hard boiled eggs, lettuce, watercress, tomatoes, avocado and blue cheese. The dressing is made up of a mixture of red wine vinegar, dijon mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and olive oil. Admittedly, not a salad with a low calorie count, but a very filling one!
Crab Louie – Also known as the King of Salads, it sports crab meat as its main ingredient. Although different variations exist, a creamy dressing is essential. A typical Crab Louie salad consists of crab meat, hard boiled eggs, asparagus, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, and green onions, with a mayonnaise and/or chilli sauce-based dressing.
Waldorf Salad – Fans of the British comedy series Fawlty Towers will surely know about this one. Normally served as an appetiser, the Waldorf Salad is a scrumptious yet simple dish made of walnuts, raisins, yoghurt, crisp apples, honey, mayonnaise, parsley, celery and lettuce. Topped with lemon juice and black pepper, it really is a tasty treat.
Russian Salad – Also known as an Olivier Salad, this is a traditional dish in Russian cuisine. It includes baby carrots, boiled potatoes, peas, eggs, pickles and ham. All ingredients should be chopped very finely, then dressed in a rich creamy mixture made out of mayonnaise, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper. A multitude of other variations exist, namely substituting the ham with other types of cold meat like chicken or sausage.
If, on the other hand, you don’t really care about your calorie count or about vegetable-based recipes, why not try a Snickers Salad? This American concoction is made up of snicker bars, apples, whipped cream, sliced bananas, crushed pineapple, buttermilk, marshmallow cream and sour cream. Once again, different variations abound.
What’s your favourite salad?
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