3 Easy Salads for 1

3 Easy Salads for 1

“What’s for dinner?” is the crowned champion of questions in many households, but “What do you eat for lunch?” is coming in a close second amongst moms.  I was on a “Moms and Kids” forum last week and a new mom was asking this very question.  The answers were interesting and varied.  I prefer to eat my lunch in kidless silence while watching something juicy on TV.  The honest truth, for me anyway, is that I typically eat leftovers.  But when there aren’t any left, or if it’s something too heavy for the middle of the day, or I just don’t feel like that right now I like to make a salad.  I fancy myself a bit of a salad connoisseur.  I really love any and all salads from fancy shmancy down to a pizza parlor salad bar.  There’s just something about the way sunflower seeds mingle with beets, croutons, and ranch.  Anyway, today I’m offering up three really delicious salad options anyone can make at home for just one person.  Each salad has it’s own unique home-made salad dressing.  It’s really not as difficult as it sounds!  When you taste your own fresh-made dressing, you’ll never go back to the bottled stuff!

3 Easy Salads for 1

Superfood Salad

It’s a more nutritious take on the classic Caesar.  You can swap out the kale for any greens (there’s actually some chard hiding in the salad pictured.), swap the quinoa for couscous or farrow, and you can certainly add meat to up the protein.  Just do what works for you and work with what you have in your fridge.  One thing you cannot skip is the anchovy paste.  I don’t use fresh or whole because that sorta skeeves me out, but you really need this paste to get that deep flavor.  Umami-ish If you’re real cool.

Dressing

  • 3 TB fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (I eyeball this)
  • 1 clove grated garlic (I ♥ garlic!  The hubby only kinda likes it, so he gets only a 1/2 clove)
  • 1/2 tsp worcestershire (a dash really)
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp anchovy paste (Just hear me out OK!)
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste

In a small bowl (usually the same bowl I’m going to use for my salad) whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, worcestershire, mustard, anchovy paste, salt, and pepper.  When that’s nicely blended slowly drizzle your oil while whisking.  I know… you don’t have three arms.  This can be difficult, so you can use your blender or cuisanart, or have your kid help or put it all in a jar or martini shaker and shake really well.  The point is to emulsify the ingredients so you can’t tell where the oil starts and the acidic element (lemon juice) ends.  If you have to pour then whisk that’s OK too.  Just know that it might “break” meaning not get emulsified.  It will still taste great!

3 Easy Salads for 1

Salad

  • 1 handful chopped Kale (I added a large leaf of chopped Chard too)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (I made a big batch at the beginning of the week)
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan Cheese

Let the kale hang out in the dressing for about 10 minutes if possible, it softens it up a but and allows them to soak up all that tasty dressing.  Add the remaining two ingredients and the dressing, then toss together.  Since you’re being so good and eating a really healthy lunch, go ahead and give yourself a piece of delicious sourdough bread.  YUM!

3 Easy Salads for 1

Gorgeous Skin Salad

I really love beets.  I think it all started with that pizza parlor salad bar.  At any rate, they are something I typically have hanging out in my fridge.  They have a really earthy taste, are delish warm or cold, and are great for digestion!  (My husband hates it when I say that.  He won’t go near a beet.)  Also, for this salad I added watercress because it’s the king of greens!  Oh, you didn’t know?  Watercress likes to keep a low-pro.  Here’s the scoop:

Gram for gram this mild-tasting and flowery-looking green contains four times more beta carotene than an apple, and a whopping 238 percent of your daily recommended dose of vitamin K per 100 grams — two compounds that keep skin dewy and youthful.

Source

You can read more about it here.  Basically it got a score of 100!  Go watercress!

3 Easy Salads for 1

Dressing

  • 2 TB fresh orange juice (less than 1/2 an orange)
  • 1TB balsamic vinegar plus another 1 tsp to drizzle
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (I eyeball this)
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste

In a small bowl whisk together the orange juice and zest, balsamic, thyme, salt, and pepper.  When that’s nicely blended slowly drizzle your oil while whisking using the same method from above.

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Salad

  • 1 cup roasted beets
  • orange segments (about half an orange)
  • 1 cup watercress
  • 1/2 a bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2  cup feta crumbled (I like the added salt flavor, but you could also use goat)

Wrap a whole beet in foil and but it on a baking sheet.  Roast in the oven for 45 minutes at 400º.  Test doneness by piercing with a knife.  If it goes in easy it’s done.  Let that cool.  When you can handle it, take the skin off.  It should slide right off.  Warning: beets stain big time!  Do not use your fancy wooden cutting board and wear an apron.  BTW – You can also buy them already prepared at the store.

3 Easy Salads for 1 Next, segment your oranges.  Cut both ends of the orange off and sit this in the cutting board.  Next use your knife to slice off the peel and the pith.  (See the picture on the left.)  When your peel is removed, slice out segments by making slices next to the pith so that your segments come out clean and without pith.

Once you have your beets and oranges prepped add them to a bowl with the watercress, add your dressing and top with the feta.

3 Easy Salads for 1

Guilty Pleasure Salad

Who doesn’t love the decadence of a hearty Cobb salad.  I typically enjoy mine with a creamy dressing.  Today I’m sharing one with a vinaigrette… made with some BACON DRIPPINGS!  Yep, it’s true.  I’ve told you guys before how I cook a bunch of chicken at the beginning of the week to enjoy all week long, that’s exactly what I did here.  But you can also use a store bought rotisserie chicken.

Dressing

  • 1 TB warm bacon drippings (warmed)
  • 3 TB olive oil
  • 1 clove grated shallot
  • 1 tsp dijon
  • 2 TB red wine vinegar
  • Freshly ground salt and pepper to taste

In a small bowl whisk together the shallot, dijon, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper.  When that’s nicely blended slowly drizzle your oil and bacon drippings while whisking using the same method from above.

3 Easy Salads for 1

 Salad

  • 1/4 cup apple
  • 1/4 cup craisins
  • 1/4 cup shredded chicken
  • 1/4 cup crumbled bacon
  • 1/4 cup avocado
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese

Toss all the ingredients with the dressing in a bowl.  Make sure to consume ASAP, no one likes cold bacon drippings.  I always love the way restaurants place the ingredients in lines (above) but when I’m making my own salad, I’m usually starving so I just toss it all in a way-to-big bowl.  It looks like a mess but tastes like a dream!

What do you like to eat for lunch?  Maybe you should try one of these 3 easy salads for 1.

XOXO
A

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3 thoughts on “3 Easy Salads for 1

  1. Try mixing your own natural skin care items! A teaspoon of sugar and a half teaspoon of olive oil make a delightful sugar scrub for your lips. You can even use this mixture to exfoliate and soften rough skin on your feet, knees and elbows. It’s inexpensive and entirely free of dangerous preservatives. see more at natural anti aging skin care

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