Thursday, July 30, 2009

Foodie Friday — 101 Simple Salads

Photo Credit: Francesco Tonelli for The New York Times

FRESH AND FRESHER Clockwise, from top left: tuna, egg, green beans (No. 56); carrots, blueberries, sunflower seeds (7); croutons, tomatoes, mozzarella (42); walnuts, blue cheese, raspberries (49); couscous, oranges, honey (95); strawberries, tomatoes, Parmesan (13).


Okay, let's face it folks, for most of us the weather is hot, hot, hot! Who feels like cooking day after day, heating up the kitchen and running up those electric bills as the AC tries to compete with the stove/oven?

Plus, summer just makes me want to eat lighter on most days. This may also have something to do with the whole bathing suit thing. Salads are always a good way to go, but sometimes my brain needs ideas for new combinations, so I don't suffer from salad burn out.

I was thrilled when I received an email on Wednesday morning that contained a link to a recently published article in the New York Times by Mark Bittman, 101 Simple Salads for the Season. Yes folks, there are one-hundred and one salad combos listed in Mark's brilliant column! Some do require a minimum of cooking, but even some of these are ingredients you may already have on hand as leftovers from earlier in the week.

The salads are broken down by categories: Vegan, Vegetarian, Seafood, Meat, Noodles, and Grains. Each consists of just a few sentences of ingredients and directions, so it couldn't be easier. I used the print feature and made a copy to keep on hand.

They all looked delicious to me, but the one I'm going to try first is #101: Cook a pot of short-grain rice. While it’s still hot, toss with raw grated zucchini, fermented black beans, sriracha, sesame oil, sake and a touch of rice vinegar. Add bits of leftover roast chicken or pork if you have it, and pass soy sauce at the table.

Now I just have to find out what sriracha is and I'll be all set. Find the rest of Mark's inspiring salads here, print out your own copy and then go over to Michael's at Designs By Gollum for even more links to inspiring Foodie Friday posts!

18 Thoughtful Comments:

ButterYum said...

What a fantastic post!

Savvy said...

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Haden News said...

I love eating salads... and I also love Mark Bittman. Thank you for sharing such a great post!!

The Fajdich Times said...

This was a great post. I love coming to your blog.....I just think I can step out and the beach will be there..........oh well, can't have everything. Salads are great with blueberries:)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

There's nothing better than the crunch of a great salad on a hot day! Great post!

~Susan

Maya@A Beach Lovers Place said...

Awesome. I'm sure I find a few combinations that I'm not yet familiar with..., I mostly live on salads so I've become quit creative.

heartnsoulcooking said...

There are so many ways to make a salad and your salad combinations are wonderful. Thanks!!! for the great ideas for salad. Geri

Turquoise Diaries said...

101 its so many... I love salad but I think my receipes barely reach the number 15..

Poppedijne said...

That would be an ideal book for next week because they are forcasting hot weather in Belgium too! The salads look lovely and fresh and colorful.

Sunshinemeg said...

Hey hut! I loved this post for I made the most excellent chef salad this weekend. I realize this is not difficult to do, but I took the time to make sure each little part was perfect. Cut up ham, turkey, boiled eggs, chopped tomatoes, carrots, celery, romaine, iceberg, spinach - the works. It was so great and coming home to it each night after work is a treat. Something to look forward to all day. Some of the salads in the picture look very different and I would love to try them.

Happy weekend to you and your family!

giz said...

Sriracha is an asian hot sauce - comes in a plastic tube bottle and packs good heat. I find it readily at the grocery store - Publix has it in their asian department.

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Thanks everyone, I'm so glad you were all as excited as I was to see Mark's salads!

Judy, thank you so much, I'm so happy I can bring the beach to you in my small way.

Poppedijne, you have such wonderful produce in Belguim, I just fell in love with those tomato pics you posted a few weeks back. Stay cool in the heat!

Meg, you salad sounds great and I know that hunky man in your life appreciated all the effort!

Giz, thank you so much, I have a Publix in my neighborhood, so now you've help me get one step closer to making this salad!

Bill said...

Hi Rhonda,
Thank you for stopping by and leaving the fun comments!

Enjoyed your salad post ... I'm thinking that's what I want for dinner ... after a nice cold mojito (or two!).

Rain said...

Great post Rhonda! I need to include more veggies in my diet and can never think of interesting salads to eat! I've bookmarked that link! Thanks.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Summer is definitely salad season! Thanks for the great post.

Christi

darnold23 said...

Hooray for your post! Thanks so much for the link. It's a great time of the year for it. I'm looking forward to seeing your entry at Crock Pot Wednesdays.

Pam said...

This is great! I've been looking for some quick salads for dinners. We are just steaming down here in Ft. Myers. Btw, your recipe for chicken and rice is absolutely delicious... my husband had 3 servings the night I made it.

Martha said...

Mmmm, yummy! :-)

I love the beach and everything that goes with it! I love the waves lapping at my feet. I love the feel of the sand between my toes. I love the roar of the Pacific and the gentle waves of the Gulf of Mexico in Florida. Let's talk about beaches around the world, bonfires, building sandcastles, swaying palm trees, flamingos, clambakes, sunrises and sunsets. If it's tropical, it fits this blog!

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