Sunday, July 13, 2008

Haley's Salad Formula-

Due to poor blogging habits Reems Eats is in serious jeopardy. I' m therefore feeling a lot of pressure to publish a recipe that is going to propel us back into the blogosphere. I'm going to stay tried, tested and true. Here is my standard "company," or potluck, salad. It has a loose formula thus ensuring that no two salads are ever the same.

Salad Formula-

  • Salad base - lettuce or spinach
  • Veggies- I typically use julienned red or yellow peppers and some sort of oniony veggie - red onion is one of my faves or green onions are great too. You can get creative with this category
  • Avacado. I know, a veggie. However, my love of the avacado demands it gets its own category. You can skip the avacado, but why would you want to?
  • Cheese -I usually go with crumbled feta or chevre. You could mix it up a little and maybe try some cubed havarti or wouldn't some smoked gouda be fab?
  • Some fruityness. Depending on what the season is. In strawberry season there really is no other option. In the winter I often just chuck in a handful of dried cranberries. Mango slices or halved grapes also work well.
  • Nuts. Toasted and slivered almonds, pecans, or walnuts are all good. If you have the time and really want to go to the next level - Heat up a small pan with a touch of butter. Add a few handfuls of the aforementioned nuts. Now add about a teaspoon of sugar, some salt, some pepper, a dash of cumin, a dash of chili powder, a dash of cinnamon, a dash of garlic... you get the idea. Toast until all nice and crusty with deliciousness. These nuts are awesome and can be a stand alone snack as well.
  • Dressing. In a pinch I use some sort of bottled vinaigrette - Kraft's light sundried tomato or light poppyseed are my go-to's. If you have even thirty extra seconds - Combine a few glugs of balsamic vinegar with one glug of olive oil. Add maybe half a teaspoon of sugar, a smidge of garlic, salt & pepper, and any herbs you have around. mmmmmm!
There it is. The salad formula. The spinach salad pictured isn't doing this formula justice. Happy lettuce!


  1. How excited am I - now i can emulate Haley's tasty salads even after she leaves us! As a frequent purveyor of Haley's fine salads, i can attest that the formula works!

  2. sweet pun...leaves..ha ha ha (i'm well aware this was perhaps unintentional, however you marry brent and everything comes back to a pun ;)

  3. Yes, sadly i am not usually that clever:)

  4. I can see you were almost through the salad before sitting back to revel in its goodness only to remember that all tasty, blogable food-creations must be photograped! Phew. Just in time. Well done as always, Mooch.

  5. Ah reems... AVACADO... its a fruit... not a veg dude.. come now..

  6. I always loved your salads Haley! Thanks for sharing in your secrets...I'll have to make it for the next small group potluck so we can have a moment of silence for the Campbells.