Cook Challenge: Summer Salad

by - Friday, June 18, 2010

As I mentioned earlier this week, I had tons and tons of veggies to use from the CSA share I picked up over the weekend.

Since the share contained a bunch of leafy greens, I decided some salads were in order for the week.

I made several different versions, mixing a variety of lettuce, Swiss chard, chicken, cheese, sugar snap peas. That's what I love about salads -- they're so versatile.

Some form of lettuce or other leafy green is the base, and on top of that you can build anything you want.

Some of my favorite things to throw on a salad are red peppers, cucumbers, chickpeas and artichoke hearts. I'm not a huge fan of fruit on my salad, but sometimes in the summer, a salad with some strawberries, orange slices and almonds can be really delicious.

Here's one of the many salads I made this week:

This one combine lettuce, Swiss chard and some grilled chicken. Nothing fancy. I drizzled some ranch dressing on the top for fun.

As I was making salads, I realized my pantry is getting dangerously low on chickpeas. I'll have to remember to stock up this week.

If you could build your dream salad, what would you put on it?

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