Saturday, April 12, 2008

Leftovers Can Be Sexy... and Healthy

Leftover Night Salad
With all the fantastic dinners we’ve had this week, tonight is leftover night. We get to choose from the lovely array of previously sampled meals from earlier in the week, and if nothing sounds good, well… there’s always this salad. It’s made from some of the “overages” from the week. As you can see, the substitutions are endless and the salad is pretty well balanced with veggies, seeds/nuts, fruit, and even some cheese. So have fun making Leftover Night Salad.

Red oak leaves and Spinach leaves (any mix of salad greens)
Sliced tomato (or citrus fruit)
Sliced red onion (or scallion, leek, shallot)
Sliced cucumber, peeled and seeded (or carrots, radishes, raw zucchini or squash)
Freshly chopped parsley (or mint, chives, tarragon, basil, or chervil)
Chopped walnuts (slivered almonds, sesame seeds, sunflower or pumpkin seeds)
Grated ricotta salada cheese (parmesan, feta, pecorino, cheddar, mozzarella)
Warm sliced chicken (roasted pork, barbeque beef, whatever’s leftover)

Variation: I’m going to put my leftover salad on top of a warm pita, spread with hummus. I’ll top the salad with some leftover grilled chicken and a healthy dollop of the Greek Yogurt dressing. Yum! (see photo)

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