Home Traditions: A Salad A Day

By Andrea Pavee

One of my “unresolved” resolutions for 2023 was to eat healthy. “Unresolved” because I had not firmed it up as yet…it was just floating out there.

But somehow, after we returned from our holiday, I started whipping up salads. Now salads, and by extension, vegetables, were not a firm favourite of mine until fairly recently. But thinking it would be a good time to eat right, salads seemed to be a good place to explore. Plus, they are easy to whip up and versatile enough to serve as either a snack or a meal.

The variety of dressings and the choices of ingredients out there for salads are enormous and just about anything goes. Entire tomes have been written on salad recipes be it as a hearty comfort food to the sophisticated deconstruction of a salad.

In an earlier article, I shared a recipe for a roast. The bird was a big one and we had some remainder. Instead of turning out roast chicken sandwiches or hot pockets, I decided to roughly shred the meat and serve it over a salad bed, instead.

For the salad, I used cherry tomatoes and lettuce as the main ingredients. You can opt to leave the cherries whole since they are small enough to crunch into. To add a crisp, tangy taste, I quartered an apple and let it marinate in an orange juice bath, made from 1 large orange while I prepped the dressing.

For the dressing, I mixed the juice of 1 lemon with some honey, then peppered it liberally with parsley flakes, paprika and coarse ground black pepper. A dash of salt completed it.

Once the dressing was done, I put the cherry tomatoes and lettuce at the bottom of the salad bowl, then arranged the quartered apples on top of that. I poured the orange juice liberally around the bowl so everything would be soaked through. The shredded chicken was placed front and centre before the dressing was poured over the salad. I was done – in less than 15 minutes!

Since salads tend to taste better cold, I popped the bowl into the fridge for a fresh, crisp snack for anyone at home, anytime. Best of all, the chicken was not wasted.

Here’s to a tastier and healthier 2023!

Enjoy!

Posted by Chayo, HomSkil Editor 1, 8 January 2023

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