5 things that make me a very happy person (in no particular order):
- Ice cream
- my husband
- breakfast (see previous post)
- a quality salad
Having these things in my life is crucial for me to be my happy self. Let’s be honest, life without ice cream is just sad
That being said, the above things have to be top notch to truly make me happy. Adrian, my husband doesn’t have to try too hard, cause he can always make me smile, but when it comes to the food stuff, especially when eating out at restaurants, I want it to be good!
Here is my tiny little rant for the day….
“Wimpy salads!” Why do they even exist?
Not to name names or point judgemental fingers, but I have had some heartbreaking salad experiences. Maybe I am being a tad too dramatic, but it’s true. Read on…
On one lovely summer evening, Adrian and I biked down to the waterfront in Toronto to meet some friends for dinner at a brewpub. The company was perfect, the setting was fabulous, we were having a great time. I decided to order a salad, not a burger, for some reason, and felt confident that it would be delicious. The menu described it as a kale and spinach salad with candied walnuts, apples, goat cheese etc., the makings of a decent salad with a price tag of around $16, which I thought was a little high.
Our food arrived, juicy burgers and fries were being set in front of my friends and then I received my salad. Friends, this was the saddest salad I had ever seen. I have never sent something back to the kitchen before, but I really really wanted to this time. For $16 I was paying for some greens, with a few garnishes here and there, that I could polish off in a couple of bites. Woe is me! I live on, and am so thankful for the food I have access to, but wimpy salads should not have a place in this world, life is too short for that.
As a result, I bring you a salad that is far from wimpy, it’s hearty and “meaty,” the kind of salad that fills you up and satisfies in every way.
This salad is hearty enough to be a main course, but I would suggest adding some chickpeas or lentils to boost the protein, or topping with a piece of fish, like I did.
Wimpy salads no more!
- 1.5 lbs beets (I used a mix of red and golden)
- 1 cup wheat berries
- 1 bunch swiss chard, sliced
- 3 T extra virgin olive oil
- 2 T white wine vinegar
- 2 tsp prepared horseradish
- ¼ cup golden raisins
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
- salt and pepper
- Preheat oven at 375F
- Wrap beets in foil and place on baking sheet, roasting for about an hour, or till they are easily pierced with a knife. Open foil and let cool till you can handle them comfortably. Peel beets and and chop into half moons or cubes. Transfer to a large bowl
- Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of salted water to a boil, add wheat berries, cooking over moderate heat, until al dente, about an hour. Drain and add to bowl with beets. Add oil, vinegar, horseradish, salt and pepper, raisins and pumpkin seeds, stirring to combine.
- In a small saucepan, blanch swiss chard for 1-2 minutes, until bright green. Drain and cool under cold water, patting dry with a clean dish towel. Add to wheat berry mixture.
- Mix until combined, taste and season if necessary.
Would also be great garnished with goat cheese
*Recipe inspiration from Bon Appetit
Other salads I love from around the web:
Peanut-Sesame Slaw with Soba noodles (anything with peanut sauce is a winner)
Vegetable Lentil bowl with Goji-Ginger-Tahini Cream (the dressing on this is amazing!)