For those of us looking for healthy low-fat meal alternatives, salad entrees can be a perfect choice. Endless ingredient combinations make salad entrees fun, quick, nourishing and an exciting way to layer food groups and flavors. Leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, nuts, cheese, rice, meats, poultry, fish and herbs can all be enjoyed together in one glorious meal!
So, how do you decide which foods to combine into a great one dish salad? Our method is to first choose a flavor direction. As an example, if you choose a Latin flavor, it is easy to develop a list of Latin ingredients that will compliment each other:
- Jalapeno peppers
- Chili powder
Gourmet Greens with Tomatoes, Pine Nuts, Asiago Cheese & Basil Vinaigrette Served with Herbed Olive Foccacia
Once you have your list of ingredients, make a list of options from different food groups:
Vegetables: Tomatoes, onions, garlic, avocado
Meat, poultry or fish: Chicken
Spices: Chili powder, cumin, salt, hot pepper flakes
Once you have your ingredients, wash and spin the greens, prepare a vinaigrette, season and sauté, broil or grill the meat, poultry or fish, and slice vegetables which can be prepared raw or cooked. To assemble, toss the greens with vinaigrette and place on a serving plate. Top with vegetables and spoon on a little more vinaigrette. Slice meat and lay decoratively next to vegetables and top with cheese and fresh herbs.
Here are some great recipe ideas to get you started: