Thursday, July 30, 2009
Foodie Friday — 101 Simple Salads
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!
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