I love a chopped salad. There are any number of ingredients you can use to create a side dish or a main meal. And with a few staples in the freezer, cupboard and garden, “chopped salad” can be a healthy and delicious answer to the question “What’s for dinner.”
The key to a good chopped salad is to have an assortment of ingredients with varying flavors and textures, all cut more or less in the same size pieces. Below is a list of ingredients to grow or have on hand, and these are just a beginning!
Here’s the salad I made last night.
Chopped Salad ~ Some Possible Ingredients
To grow in the garden (or buy in the store)
Sugar snap peas
Arugula, kale, lettuce and other greens
Winter squash (cook until done but not mushy)
Potatoes (cooked until done but not mushy)
To have in the cupboard
Canned hearts of palm
Canned mandarin oranges
Canned or packaged tuna fish
Artichoke hearts, canned or packaged fresh for the fridge
Tofu (I especially like the smoked Soy Boy pressed tofu)
Pumpkin or sunflower seeds
Raisins and dried cranberries, cherries, or blueberries
Melon, including watermelon
Herbs such as mint, chives, basil, cilantro and parsley
Croutons, homemade with older bread, garlic, olive oil and butter
To have in the freezer
Frozen edamame beans
Frozen roasted corn
My list of ingredients is just a start, of course. Given all the possible components, it’s possible to eat a different chopped salad every night of the week.