Friday, March 26, 2010

The anatomy of the salad

Salad is an interesting beast. Typically, when I tell non-vegans that I am vegan they ask what I eat. They assume that all I eat is salad and maybe a veggie burger now and again. I play along and generally tell folks that all I eat is grass and water. Water? True enough. I drink almost two gallons per day. Grass? Yuck. I rarely even eat salads, let alone grass. I have to come up with more creative ways to get myself to eat greens the majority of the time.

I have gone through phases where I try to eat salad more often, as the (often) raw veggies are a great boost to my fried food vegan diet. Getting my food processor was a huge boost to eating better, as now I can make my own dressing with ease. For weeks, the debate raged between getting a food processor and a deep fryer. Luckily the food processor won out.

I never realized that salad making was a skill until recently. Ashley made a salad while I worked on the Shepherd's Pie. It seems that small people cut the veggies smaller than bigger people. The salad tasted great but I felt like I was eating a salad found in a specific level in a Super Mario Brothers video game. It was a great time and we joked constantly about it.

For your viewing pleasure, here is the art of salad making and a quick recipe for making a creamy tangy dressing without your food processor / blender.

Mustard Dill Dressing

1/3 cup of vegan mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoon of dijon mustard
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
2 teaspoons of dill weed
1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
1 teaspoon of oregano
1/2 teaspoon of thyme
3 small drops of hot sauce.

In a med sized bowl, mix all ingredients together with a spoon. The dressing should be rather thick and creamy with a yellowish tint and the dill weed should be visible.


T said...

Oooh, nice dressing recipe! I like the addition of hot sauce. For me, my salad desire waxes and wanes, but when I'm in the mood I could eat it for days.

The Ordinary Vegetarian said...

Great dressing!

Jill said...

That sounds like my dream dressing! I love dill <3 Can you believe I've never thought of putting the dressing in the bottom of the bowl before adding greens and veggies. Seems like a good way to get even distribution :)

Hannah said...

I'm a big fan of a decent salad- They're just so versatile, in the way that they can be absolutely anything, from greens to grains to fruit! Really, to me, a salad is just "a bunch of stuff thrown together in a bowl"- The sky's the limit.

kmouse said...

looks wonderful! I will try that dressing one day. How fun it is to cook with people and enjoy!

jessy said...

i love a good salad, and your mustard dill dressing sounds delicious! if there's vegenaise involved you bet i'm there! i don't use dill enough and i don't know why i rarely do. people assume all i eat is tofu and salads when i tell them i'm vegan. i had a good laugh when you said you tell them you eat grass and water, i tell them i eat rocks and bark. ah ha ha!