{#abcblogging} S is for Salad Bar

Spring is in the air. And Spring always makes me think of salads. One of my favorite easy meals is a Salad Bar.

This is also a great clean-out-the-fridge-and-pantry meal.


Lettuce is the base. Chop up whatever you have....I love variety and usually go with a mix of romaine and salad greens.



If you are planning on having a protein in it prep it first - they usually take the most time. So season, and then grill or saute your chicken/beef/pork/bacon.

Then pull out any veggies you have and prep them.


Broccoli.


And carrots. I seem to always have carrots on hand.


I have found that if I cut up vegetables in fun shapes and not always just chop them, they are more fun to eat and GET EATEN.

Like the carrots above, I rely on my trusty mandolin to thinly slice red onions.


Use your imagination.....peas, corn, mushrooms, zucchini, bell peppers.... all can be used.

I also open up my pantry and check there too. Sometimes I find a can of garbanzo beans, kidney beans or black leans. You can open, rinse, and serve these along with the vegetables.

If I have any old bread I cube it up, sprinkle with olive oil and garlic powder, then bake on a baking sheet in the oven at 375 until crisp, and Viola, croutons!

Next I prep the dressings. Here, I made both Balsamic and Ranch dressing. The more choices, the more eating is done.


I set everything into individual bowls.


In this salad bar I have all of my veggies, plus some chopped chicken, bacon, and cubed cheddar. These all go on the table, and then everyone fills their bowls and goes to town.


Yum.



More yum.


Try out a salad bar this week! Your family will enjoy creating their own salad, you will clean out the fridge and pantry, and you'll see this:



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