Sometimes I just crave a good, healthy salad, particularly when it is super hot outside. Our summer started off late and slow, and was very cool in the beginning, but when it hit, it hit HARD and HOT. We just broke 2 heat records for September, and today is ONLY the 6th. Salads are also quick and easy to make when I am pressed for time, which has been quite frequently lately. This one was especially quick and easy, because I used up a lot of my leftovers, added a few more vegetables and then tossed everything together. I also made a delicious honey-lime-cilantro dressing to top the salad. The sweet-hot combination just brought everything to life.
The beauty of making salads is that anything goes. You can use whatever you have on hand, no matter how little the quantity, and use whatever you like. There are no rules when it comes to making salads. I already had some lettuce and tomatoes cut up, but I added a few more tomatoes, a shredded carrot, sliced cucumbers, green onions and some sweet roasted peppers and tossed it all together.
My salad needed a good, flavorful dressing, so I threw a few things together in the food processor and, voila, my honey-lime-cilantro dressing was created.
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup lime juice
1 TBSP garlic
1 jalapeno, rough cut and seeded
2 TBSP fresh cilantro, stems removed
1 TBSP honey
red pepper flakes to taste
Put everything together in a food processor and blend until it is all mixed together. Pour over your favorite salad.
To top our salads and to add our much needed protein, I used up the rest of our ahi tuna Tapas in Spain/Tapas at Home – Part 3 – Tapas in Sevilla and some leftover chicken. Larry had some leftover cheese bread with his, as well as cheese on top of his salad, and I opted for some warmed ciabiatta with a olive oil and balsamic dipping sauce instead, and of course a good chardonnay on the side. Dinner was delicious, and done in about 10 minutes. Nothing goes to waste in our house. I am always recreating with my leftovers. I have earned my title as “The Queen of Leftovers”. 🙂