What? It's me? Awww...thank you, guys!
That is how I feel about The Fitnessista. Whether it's a family, fitness or food post I can never stay away.
I've been inspired by her beast salads lately. After swearing off home salads for a while (a gluten-free, mostly vegetarian eats a LOT of salads out, y'all...) I realized the missing element between the Fitnessista's home salads and mine was protein.
After eyeing the Gluten-Free Italian Breaded Sole in my freezer a crazy thought came to mind. My new favorite "big ass salad" was born.
Big @ss Salad Shopping List
Choice of Organic Greens (my favorite is baby spinach - can't get enough!)
Choice of Fruit (please buy me a shirt that says "I love for Blueberry Season")
Annie's Organic Vinagerette
Udi's Gluten-Free Cranberry Granola
Easy to Prep Protein (this is a gluten-free Italian breaded Sole - yum!)
Heat the protein as directed.
Throw everything else in your big @ss bowl.
Prepare for gestational greatness...
If the dream big salad has a birthplace, it is definitely Salata in Dallas. This incredible build-your-own salad place is Markus and I's favorite spot to get some greens. Usually I am wary of salad places for two reasons
1. They give you a limited amount of toppings (maybe 6-8). Then you look at the delectable options and have to start picking them off your dream salad list. For a produce lover like me, it's a situation as traumatic as picking a favorite child and leaving the rest to die.
2. You are set free to build the salad of your dreams, which will be charged a hefty fee based off of its final weight. You either build with such abandon that your entire week's dining budget goes to a box of lettuce, or you are so wary of the weigh-in that you shake in fear each time a new addition is added to the mix.
At Salata you pay for the salad ($2-3 extra if you want a protein) and then are free to add to it WHATEVER YOU WANT. There is a myriad of choices and they are all yours. Yours for the takings.
If I start to get homesick at Salata I am soon comforted by their serving ware, which is identical to mine at home. Everything tastes better straight from a mixing bowl.
What are your necessary additions to a big salad?
Do you have a favorite salad spot that never lets you down when eating out?