Kitchen Sink Salads

Andrea Banerjee

I’m definitely not someone who makes a salad every week. I love a good restaurant salad, but I always feel that mine fall short at home. Anyone with me? I think it’s because I tend to like a salad with lots of ingredients, so whatever I have on hand feels like it doesn’t cut it.

But lately I’ve been reaching for on-hand ingredients, and getting experimental. I thought I would stick a few recent salad beauties up here, and show three ingredients I’m loving!

Undervalued Salad Ingredient #1: Radishes

The crunch of a radish is one of my favourites in salads, sandwiches and tacos. I find that, thinly sliced, they give a little pop of flavour that’s less intense than onion. They’re really good with a sweet, creamy dressing like poppyseed too. Bonus: they add such a hit of colour to your salad!

Ingredients: Massaged kale, leftover mixed greens, radishes, grape tomatoes, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast

Undervalued Salad Ingredient #2: Apples

Also for crunch and something a little tart, I love a sliced green apple in a salad, especially paired with a sharp cheddar. You may have seen on my Instagram that I tossed this together last weekend for a baby shower I was attending. So tasty with a balsamic dressing!

Ingredients: Mixed greens, Granny Smith applies, sharp cheddar, balsamic vinaigrette

Undervalued Salad  Ingredient #3: Black Currants

I’m not crazy about dried cranberries in a salad, and I hate raisins. Cranberries are large enough for me that I find their texture overpowering when I get a mouthful, and I hate the overly tart flavour. I find black currants strike a tastier balance. They offer a bit of chewy sweetness without overpowering your salad. I find they’re a better complementary ingredient than cranberries which steal to show đŸ˜‰

As you can see, they get a little buried among other ingredients, but I swear they’re there and make a difference!

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Ingredients: Massaged kale, parmesan petals, avocado, sunflower seeds, grape tomatoes, black currants, EVOO, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice.


What are your go-to salad ingredients?

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Ken Dowell says:

    I use celery for crunch and shaved carrots for color.


  2. mistimaan says:

    Nice recipe


  3. -Eugenia says:

    Yummy recipe. I love radishes and celery in my salad. Never thought about green apples but seems like a tasty idea.


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