Last Five Salads: Are Tomatoes the only Veggie in Italy?

salad #4

salad #4

I had an amazing honeymoon in Italy where I ate my weight in pasta. Eating in the countryside felt good. It seems the only option is to eat local which is amazing because then the food is fresh. What a novel concept! Americans rarely eat local, but then again we are spoiled with the variety in our grocery stores. There weren't a lot of veggie side options at the restaurants I went to and I missed them so much. Thank goodness I'm back in the states and eating my weight in salads. I mean... Italy was stellar too, but it's always nice to come home. 

1. My Big Return Salad

  • baby spinach, chopped
  • one apple, sliced
  • pepitas
  • two dried tomatoes, sliced
  • one huge carrot, peeled and sliced
  • matzo crackers, broken into pieces
  • dressing: splash of good olive oil, splash of maple syrup, splash of apple cider vinegar, and about a tablespoon of dijon mustard

2. Okay I Miss Pasta Salad

  • baby spinach, chopped
  • four dried tomatoes, sliced
  • a handful of sliced black olives
  • quinoa-corn penne pasta
  • one carrot, peeled and sliced
  • one handful of chopped walnuts
  • italian salad dressing from Annie's 

3. For Anyone Who Likes a Wet Salad

  • arugula 
  • half of a zucchini, grated
  • half an avocado, sliced
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes
  • a generous handful of pomegranate seeds
  • dressing: a few splashes of nice olive oil, a dollop of dijon mustard, horseradish (add as much as you can handle), juice from half of a lime, 1 tbsp of maple syrup (or less) 

4. Hot and Cold Salad

  • arugula
  • half an avocado, sliced
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • a generous handful of pomegranate seeds
  • pepitas
  • one sweet potato, rinsed, peeled and thinly sliced using a mandolin. roast in coconut oil and sea salt at 400 degrees. you can take them out when the texture looks wrinkly/dehydrated. Splash Cholula (or another hot sauce) on them before adding to your plate. 
  • dressing: a few splashes of nice olive oil, juice from half of a lime, 1 tbsp of maple syrup (or less), a pinch of sea salt 

5. Light and Bright Before a Big Meal Salad

  • baby spinach, chopped
  • pomegranate seeds
  • half an avocado, sliced
  • juice from half of a lemon
  • a splash of nice olive oil
  • a dash of sea salt

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