When I think of meals that my Step mom made that I enjoyed every time, her Everything Salad is one of the first that comes to mind. It was never the same salad twice, and there is no recipe because it used up whatever produce she had in the fridge at the time, but regardless of what went into it I always ate every last bite. The key ingredients in her salad were – lettuce (Boston lettuce most often) , fruit (usually apples and/or mandarin oranges), nuts or seed (Pumpkin seeds or roasted almonds), cheese and sliced meat. The rest was a surprise every time. I can almost taste the fantastic mandarin balsamic vinaigrette that she topped the salad with.
In an effort to eat healthier I am trying to incorporate side salads into dinner time as often as I can, but I am also making my mid day meal a salad. I know that to get through the back to school witching hour I need as much energy as I can get so adding in a high protein element to my salads is important. Nuts are great, eggs work too, but nothing hits the spot quite like a couple of slices of Butterball Turkey breast. It adds just the right flavour to an everything salad and when paired with nuts adds enough bulk to carry me through until supper without feeling hungry.
Another thing I really love about everything salads is you can build your own. My kids love it when I make a mini salad bar and allow them to choose what and how much of each item to add to their salads. Things you might find in our everything salad include:
- Spinach or Romaine lettuce
- Red, yellow or orange pepper
- grated or cottage cheese
- Butterball Turkey Breast or leftovers from a whole turkey
- grated carrot
I have found that if I set everything out and let the kids help themselves they eat more and a larger variety of veggies than if they are cooked. Letting them choose from a selection of salad dressings helps too. We all have our favorites, some like Ranch, some prefer Italian. As for me, I opt for lemon juice and a little salt and pepper. Whether your everything salad includes a lot of variety or just a little you are sure to enjoy the unique taste and texture that Butterball turkey products add to it.
What do you toss into your salad?