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Salad Bar


Even when the air-conditioning is blasting, the urge to cook is just not as great in the summer as it is on those cold winter nights. And while the desire to eat never leaves me, I’m definitely interested in lighter dinners. I’m really grateful that my kids enjoy eating vegetables (in fact we tried to feed my grandson pizza the other day but he only wanted orange pepper!) and so on particularly warm or slow summer days, we have a salad bar for dinner. You can supplement this with fresh bagels or crusty bread (buy it from the bakery since this is all about avoiding the heat!) and voila – dinner is served. You can certainly roast vegetables to put in your salad but I like to keep things simple and limit myself to cutting them and opening cans. Here are some possible salad fixins – feel free to add your own.

Romaine Lettuce
Butter Lettuce
Red Leaf Lettuce
Iceberg Lettuce
Hearts of Palm
Baby Corn
Garbanzo Beans
Peppers – of all colors!
Kalamata Olives
Green Olive Rings
Dried Cranberries
Toasted Pine Nuts
Toasted Almonds
Toasted Sunflower Seeds
Chinese Noodles
French-Fried Onions
Grated Cheddar Cheese
Grated Mozzarella Cheese
Crumbled Feta Cheese

1 cup olive oil
2/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
2 teaspoons basil
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon pepper
Shake well!!