5 Shortcuts for Salads
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I love salads. But I hate making them. It takes so much work to wash and cut all the different things that really make a salad enjoyable to eat. I don’t have any problem paying $20 for a salad at a restaurant because I completely understand how much work it takes to put it together.
As a busy real estate agent and hockey mom, I had to get creative. Below are a few of the shortcuts I’ve come across that make it possible to enjoy wonderful salads at home or on the road!
- Get it Ready Made: Okay, this one is a no-brainer. But I’m not just talking about the Caesar salad kits you can find at your local grocery store. I’ve actually found an amazing ready-to-go salad from Costco that is full of fresh wonderful ingredients. I buy a huge bulk container and it lasts me all week. It’s filled with strawberries, nuts, onions and more! Yum!
- Pre-Mix toppings: Take an empty spice jar, baby food jar or similar and fill it with your favourite toppings and keep it in the fridge. One combination is raisins, almond slivers and a bit of ground flax for that extra health kick. Sprinkle on your salad topped with your favourite dressing and off you go!
- Make your own dressing: I have no problem with store bought dressings, but they really don’t taste as fresh and flavourful as making your own. Once a week I pick two recipes with different flavours and keep them in the fridge. The trick is to have at least two different ones. It’s easy to get bored of the same dressing day after day.
- Do all your prep ahead of time: There are a bunch of vegetables that you can wash ahead and slice ahead of time so all you have to do is grab and go when you’re in the mood for a salad. Keep them all in separate plastic bags or small containers within one larger container, so all you have to do is pull one thing out of the fridge when you need a salad. Peppers and shredded carrots work well for this.
- Pre-portion and arrange: For those of you who work away from home, or are on the road the trick to having a salad on the go is to have all the pieces of it ready before hand. We all know there is nothing yuckier than a soggy salad. So, with the tips above, just use smaller containers for the pre-made items. Find small jars or plastic containers with a leak-free seal to put one or two tablespoons of dressing in. (Save mini-bar bottles from airplanes or hotels for this!)
With a little creativity and a little work ahead of time, you won’t have to spend $20 on an amazing salad!
Sales Representative, Re/Max Premier