Cook Fast, Live Young: Celebrate National Salad Month by Going "Greens"
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May is National Salad Month! Celebrate by eating a salad every day (side salads count!
) and trying one new salad at least once a week. "But that's a lot of salad
," you say, "how can I ever accomplish such a lofty goal?
" Glad you asked. Read on for salad tips and tricks and a few suggestions to spice up your salad life. Remember: green is good!
Buy lettuce at the Farmer's Market
One of the biggest problems I have when I buy lettuce is that it ends up going bad before I can use it, and I end up getting mad at all the money I'm wasting. Luckily, I discovered the local farmer's market
. Buy your greens there and you'll discover that they often stay good for 2 to 3 times as long! Plus, you'll often be paying even less than you would at a supermarket. Just remember to wash it off before you eat it!
Bulk up on ingredients
If you're anything like me, there's a certain list of foods that you know you like in your salads. That doesn't mean you're not open to trying new things, just that you've got preferences. Now's the perfect time to stock up on things you know you like – especially those ingredients that won't go bad. Some typical favorites are nuts, pasta, dried or canned fruits, and--though, of course, they will eventually go bad--cheeses.
Make your own dressing
If you've never made salad dressing before, you'll be shocked at how easy many recipes are. Most only have three or four ingredients, and require little more from you than stirring them together in a bowl. Look at what goes into your favorite dressings--chances are you'll already have many of the ingredients on hand. No need to spend any more cash!
Find new favorites
Caesar salad may be your thing, but if you try to eat it for 30 days straight, you'll probably go a little crazy. Do yourself a favor and use National Salad Month as an opportunity to explore what's out there in the salad world. Then you can add these new salads into your normal routine!
Juliana Weiss-Roessler has ten years of professional writing and editing experience. For four years, she managed the web content for the star of an Emmy-nominated reality series. Currently, she is an editor for the geek girl e-zine PinkRaygun.com, a contributor to the career blog at Resumark.com, and owner of the food blog CookFastLiveYoung.blogspot.com. Follow her @cookfast on Twitter and learn more about her work at WeissRoessler.com.