The Beauty Of Raw Vegetable Salads

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There is so much beauty in food, but one of my favorites is when my eyes behold The Beauty Of Raw Vegetable Salads. There is nothing quite like the combination of flavors and pop of colors on vegetable salads. The best part is that while some salads can be fancy, they do not have to be. It all depends what you’re in the mood for.

Vegetable salads in the summer are especially delightful, when we can go out and pick fresh vegetables from our garden to indulge in. Or we can take a trip to the local farmer’s market to browse all of the delicious treats. There is nothing that quite competes with the tase of fresh, ripe vegetables.

While I very much enjoy the fresh vegetables from my garden in the summertime, I have also found that I crave a beautiful vegetable salad in the winter as well. Sometimes I crave salads even more in the winter. I have found that Aldi is a great source for reasonably priced produce all year long. When next winter rolls around and you have a vegetable salad craving, keep that in mind!

One of the fantastic things about salads is that they can be very simple to prepare. Below we have an easy formula to help you make a beautiful raw vegetable salad. Start by choosing items from each category.

Start with your base:

Iceberg lettuce
Romaine
Cabbage
Spinach
Spring mix
Endive
Arugula
Kale
Bibb
Collards
Dandelion Greens
Endive
Radicchio

Select 3 or 4 of the following:

Tomatoes
Corn
Cucumber
Fennel
Celery
Carrots
Radish
Peppers
Sweet onions
Green onions
Zucchini
Peas
Broccoli
Cauliflower

Choose a Cheese to Add:

Feta
Mozzarella
Swiss
Provolone
American
Colby jack
Parmesan
Blue cheese

Pick a Nut or Seed to Add:

Pecans
Almonds
Walnuts
Sunflower seeds
Pistachios
Peanuts
Pumpkin seeds

Toss With a Dressing of Your Choice:

Vinaigrette
Ranch
Italian
Balsamic vinegar

To mix things up, raw vegetable salads are delicious when topped with a fresh grilled meat such as chicken or salmon. You could even try adding couscous or quinoa to a salad. It’s actually very good mixed with either of those items!

Salads can be cut a variety of different ways to change things up even more. If you are in the mood, for a more traditional salad then cut the vegetables larger, or if you are feeling a bit lazy you could even run the vegetables through the chopper blade on your food processor.

Salads are great when prepared for a gathering because they can be made in advance. I wouldn’t recommend making them too far in advance if you are using a type of lettuce in your salad, because it will turn brown. You could try making it the day before and should have no problems with vegetables going bad. If you have items such as tomatoes, it might be a good idea to add those the day you plan to eat the salad, so that the moisture does not soak into the rest of the salad and cause it to be watery.

The Beauty Of Raw Vegetable Salads are abundant! Raw vegetable salads are a perfect main dish for lunch or dinner, or even served as a side dish for a meal. They provide a great source of vitamins and possibly even protein if you add meat, nuts or cheese. Try incorporating a salad into your meal preparation this summer, where your people gather!

What is your all time, favorite salad?

Check out these two salad recipes to help jump start your creativity! Try the delicious Fennel And Apricot Salad as well as the yummy Radish Carrot And Ginger Salad.

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