I was craving a salad for approximately four days – not even kidding. I had a house salad before dinner the other night but my body just needed vegetables.
I have found that if I drink a Redbull, my body desperately needs salad that night. I think it’s my body’s way of telling me that I shouldn’t drink Redbull & I should be giving it more nutritional food…. not that I don’t already know that.
I love salad bars. Okay, I love them in a way & don’t in another. The thing I love is the variety & being able to make my salad exactly how I want it. The thing I don’t like is that sometimes they’re picked over or food gets mixed because people used the wrong utensil or… it looks old. Do you know what I mean?
I decided to go to the store & buy all of the ingredients that I would put in my salad anyway because 1. It’s cheaper 2. It’s fresh 3. It’ll last more than 1 meal.
I bought mushrooms, red onions, cauliflower, sunflower seeds, carrots, ham, spring mix, and cottage cheese.
I sliced the bottom of the cauliflower off & used my hands to break the pieces apart into bite size pieces. I sliced my red onion thin & shredded my carrots. I shredded ½ of the block of cheddar cheese & then per my husbands request, cubed the other half.
The ham that I bought was presliced so I took some of it and put it aside for sandwiches later in the week & then I sliced the rest into strips for the salad.
The mushrooms were already sliced.
This is my absolute favorite salad! I’m pretty sure I could eat this every day & not get sick of it. Growing up I ate ham & cheese for lunch EVERY. SINGLE. DAY throughout elementary & some of high school. No, I’m not kidding. I apparently love ham more than I will admit to.
I’m weird with chicken on salads – I don’t like cold chicken & I think it gets a gross flavor when it’s cold or reheated. If it’s REALLY seasoned then I can handle it – otherwise, forget it. Ham just isn’t like that! Ham is good all of the time hot or cold without seasoning.
I sometimes buy the preshredded carrots but honestly you save so much money in the long run by buying the full veggie & shredding it yourself. Same with cheese – buy the block & shred it yourself. Plus, you’re not getting the extra waxy coating they add to the pre-shredded cheese when you shred it yourself! Bonus!
Most of the ingredients I bought were on sale (woohooo) but it was around $30.00 for all of the ingredients. The best part? I know I’ll get at least 10 salads out of this which means $3.00 per salad! Beat that!
I had croutons at home already & I always use ranch dressing (it’s my absolute favorite). For whatever reason, this salad just isn’t as good without some cottage cheese on the side.
What’s your favorite salad?