The Ultimate Salad Bar


Ultimate Salad Bar from www.SockmonkeysKitchen
Good thing Kenny’s got a lot of counter space!

Kenny and I had our combined families together for the day, and I wanted to fix something delicious.  As I was thinking about the different food likes/dislikes/allergies/intolerances, etc… between all of us, I had a difficult time coming up with something everyone could enjoy.

However, since we both love fresh, organic produce… we came up with a “make your own salad bar” idea.  Thirty-seven ingredients later… it was a hit! The best part of an idea like this, is that there are no set amounts of items, and the only limitation is your imagination. Or lack thereof, I suppose 😉  Kenny’s daughter Kelsie was home from college and was a huge help! While I was chopping away, she was busily plating everything. As a matter of fact, she’s the one who set everything out… so all of those bowls are her artwork =0)
You Rock, Kelsie!

Let everyone dream up their own dressing! For this lunch, we had 3 olive oils: Regular, Meyer Lemon, and Orange... and 3 White Balsamics: Pineapple, Strawberry, and Lime.
Let everyone dream up their own dressing! For this lunch, we had 3 olive oils: Regular, Meyer Lemon, and Orange… and 4 White Balsamics: Pineapple, Strawberry, Peach, and aged White.

Wouldn’t this be a GREAT idea for your Super Bowl Party on Sunday?

Here are the ingredients we used that day. Of course, there are so many more… so when you want to put together your own “Ultimate Salad Bar”, take a look at these, and then add as many more as you’d like 🙂

  • Romaine Lettuce     Salad 5
  • Green Leafy Lettuce
  • Red Leaf Lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Snow Peas
  • Peas
  • Corn
  • Artichoke Hearts
  • Black Olives
  • Avocado
  • Yellow Tomatoes
  • Cherry Tomatoes     Salad 4
  • Red Grapes
  • Green Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Kiwi
  • Apples
  • Navel Oranges
  • Pineapple
  • Bananas
  • Coconut
  • Raw Sunflower Seeds
  • Candied Pecans
  • Candied Almonds     Salad 3
  • Cayenne-Cinnamon Cashews
  • White Cannelli Beans
  • Red Kidney Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Herb Sautéed Chicken Thigh
  • Meyer Lemon/Butter Chicken Breast
  • Gluten-free pasta (chilled)
Salad 1
Mix up the colors of the ingredients and the bowls to keep your table fresh and vibrant =0)

sockmonkey plaid

Cucumber, Apple, Blueberry, Blackberry, Raspberry, Coconut, Goat Cheese, Almond, & Green Bell Pepper...all on a lovely paper plate at work ;)
Cucumber, Apple, Blueberry, Blackberry, Raspberry, Coconut, Goat Cheese, Almond, & Green Bell Pepper…all on a lovely paper plate for lunch at work 😉
White peaches, succulent figs, and Midnight Moon cheese from Holland (creamy and slightly crystallized). (Pay no attention to the paper bowl and plastic fork... I'm at work)
White peaches, succulent figs, and Midnight Moon cheese from Holland, which is creamy and slightly crystallized.  And, since this salad is a work snack,  we have another silly paper bowl and plastic fork

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I love to keep whatever fruits or veggies I’ve found at the farmers market in the fridge, all chopped up and ready to go at a moments’ notice. Many days I will have a lunch consisting of various produce items, topped with nuts and balsamic.

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Here’s another idea: Salads don’t have to have lettuce in them! Whatever fruits and/or veggies you mix together constitute a salad to me 🙂

Fruits, veggies, spinach and chicken make a beautiful pairing in my Summer Salad.
Fruits, veggies, spinach and chicken make a beautiful pairing in my Summer Salad.
Next time, instead of grabbing a bag of frozen corn for your side dish, look to your fruit bowl for ideas!
Next time, instead of grabbing a bag of frozen corn for your side dish, look to your fruit bowl for ideas!
One of my favorite things to do with a leftover Tri Tip Steak: make this salad!
One of my favorite things to do with a leftover Tri Tip Steak: make this salad!

Plus, they’re even better when topped with seeds, nuts, coconut, or cheese. There’s only one thing that doesn’t need to be there: fake stuff. So, if Aunt Hortense says she’s making fruit salad and there’s Jell-O involved… run! Quickly!

Valentines Day Salad
Here’s another idea for mixing fruit and veggies: if you like pickled beets, you’ll love my vegetarian Valentine’s Day Salad.
Mixed organic fruit make the perfect side dish for citrus glazed fruit dishes!
This mixed organic fruit salad makes the perfect side dish for my Paleo Lemon Coconut Chicken.

 

 

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Here are the recipes for some of the ideas I’ve shown you: Summer Salad, Trip Tip Salad, Valentine Orange & Beet Salad, Paleo Lemon Coconut Chicken.

Now that I’ve got you thinking about what ingredients you have at home…tell me: What are your favorite things to put into a salad? 

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6 thoughts on “The Ultimate Salad Bar

  1. Only because you ASKED for additional items … one thing we forgot that day (not that we had a lack of items!) was strips of jicama. That would have been a nice crunchy addition. Another would be sprouts. We had diners there from ages 15 to 80, and ALL enjoyed this great spread!

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