Friday 22nd of July 2011 09:13 AM
By Kim L. Fritzemeier
KFRM Central Kansas Reporter
Farm Wife along the Stafford/Reno County Line
Let's face it: Even the most even-tempered soul is finding it hard to keep cool and collected in this heat. With the thermometer racing past the 100-degree mark on a daily basis, we're all looking for ways to stay cool.
Salads to the rescue! A sit-down restaurant would charge at least $10 for a salad like this. Make it at home and savor the taste ... and the money savings!
Enjoy ... and stay cool!
Summertime Main Dish Salad I don't really have a recipe for the salad pictured at the top. Make your own version, but here are ideas to get started:
- I start with a generous base of romaine lettuce or spinach leaves (or mix them both).
- Choose your own fruits. This time, I added canned mandarin oranges (you can also cut up a naval orange), strawberries, blueberries and green grapes. (Other options might be cutting up nectarines, plums, apricots - whatever is on sale in the produce aisle for the week. In the winter, when there are fewer options, I cut up an apple.)
- Feta cheese (just a sprinkle)
- Walnuts (again, just a few. Or you can choose another favorite nut. I like walnuts because of the Omega 3.)
- A sprinkle of dried cranberries or other dried fruit (opt.) Again, watch the amount added because of the calories.
- Grilled chicken, grilled steak or salmon (only use about 3 ounces for 1 serving. That's the size of a deck of playing cards.)
- Light raspberry vinaigrette dressing. If you need to watch calories, measure the dressing instead of just pouring it on.