Monday, October 20, 2014

Kitchen Sink Salads

Every week or so, my family ends up with a bunch of random veggies left the in fridge. Half a pepper and a quarter of an avocado after turkey chili …. a couple of carrots left over from root fries …. and on and on. Never enough to make a full meal, but always enough to cause a twinge of discomfort when I have to throw out what adds up to a bunch of wasted produce at the end of the week! What a waste of money!

A couple of months ago, I got so sick of wasting all that great produce, that I just said "to heck with it!" and started throwing it all in a salad.

And … the "kitchen sink salad" was born!

Why the name? My 5-year-old came up with it - because I throw in everything but the kitchen sink :)

As the name and description imply, this is a really easy one to make: 
- Start with a green base, even if you just have a bit of spinach or some lettuce leftover from a salad another night. 
- Add a protein of some kind. Sometimes, I'll add leftover chicken. In the case of the salad above, I added roasted pumpkin seeds. You can also try cooked beans or canned wild-caught salmon. 
- Next, chop up whatever leftover veggies you have - both raw and cooked are fine. If you have a combo of both, it adds interesting tastes and flavors. 
- Finally, add a fat. Avocado is a great option, or some cheese, in moderation. 

I've found that the best dressing to use on these mixed salads is a combo of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The salad pictured used about 3 Tbsp of olive oil and a couple of teaspoons of vinegar, but you can experiment to find what works best for your family. 

To modify this recipe for babies and toddlers, try the following: 
- For the littlest baby eaters: mash up some avocado and serve. 
- For older babies (who've been on solids for a while) and toddlers: chop an assortment of veggies into small, pea-sized pieces and let them choose what they like. 


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  1. I made one of these for a Sunday lunch for my family. I was shocked how much everyone liked it. I am glad to see you are adding to this site again.