Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Be Adventurous With Your Salads

Are you stuck in a the same salad routine? Here are some quick and easy substations for salads that you would never think of, that taste delicious!

Fruit:
Instead of the classic apples or dried cranberries try adding pineapple chunks for a sweet flavoring or grapefruit for a zesty bitterness. Watermelon is a wonderful summer fruit without an overpowering flavor to add in as well. If you have extra time try pickling very thinly sliced lemons with salt and lemon juice for a sour and salty add in for your future salads. 
Vegetables:
The more the better in salads because the mix of different flavors makes it all come together. Try some unique vegetables like hearts of palm sliced up for a saltiness factor. Then maybe add some jicama for a crunchy refreshing bonus. Beets and artichoke hearts are always a good add in as well.

Cheese:
Instead of using parmesan try using feta for that same strong flavoring. Or replace your everyday cheddar with some blue cheese for a creamy yet complex flavoring that balances the sweetness of most fruits. 

The Greens:
Everybody loves romaine and iceberg lettuce but have you ever tried dandelion greens, kale, or arugula? Each one has a very different flavoring. Dandelions are super foods full of Vitamin A, B Complex, C and D! Kale is another super food with lots of iron and has a subtle bitter flavoring to it. Arugula has a wonderful peppery flavoring to it that really compliments any of the previously mentioned cheeses. 

What salad tips do you have for us? Comment below to educate us on your favorite salad add ins!
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Cara Mia brand was started by an artichoke grower co-op in 1955, in the “artichoke capital” of the world, Castroville, CA. The co-op opened as a freezer operator with the intent of providing consumers another means to enjoy the edible thistle all year around. The venture proved so successful that a marinating line was added in 1958. Soon sales of the marinated produce far surpassed the frozen line as consumers enjoyed the proprietary marinade that dressed the tender leaves. The Borges Group acquired Cara Mia and its proprietary spice mix/marinade recipe in 2001. Today Cara Mia is the #1 selling brand of marinated artichokes. Look for them, and the other Cara Mia marinated vegetable items, in the Produce Dept.
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