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Old 06-17-2006, 07:38 AM   #1
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We love mixed greens salads, but you know these can get a little boring. I'm looking to add some more interesting items. What kinds of things do you put in your mixed greens salads other than the greens? Typical things I am getting bored with:
tomatoes
cheeses
asparagus
peas
carrots
peppers
eggs

Any ideas other than these... or to mix these up with others?

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Old 06-17-2006, 08:07 AM   #2
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Capers
Olives
sweetcorn
watercress
chopped apple
radishes
bean sprouts

(not always EVERYTHING above in the same salad!)
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Old 06-17-2006, 08:17 AM   #3
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I love a mixed greens salad w/goat cheese, toasted pecans and dried cranberries, with a balsamic/honey dressing! Or - dried blueberries, walnuts and blue cheese.

Some little salad shrimp
Those oriental sesame sticks (can't remember what they're called!)
water chestnuts/celery/jicama - anything to give a little 'crunch'
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Old 06-17-2006, 10:25 AM   #4
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Chopped walnuts
Crumbled Gorgonzola
Crumbled Feta
Surimi (imitation crabmeat)
finely minced shallot
sliced white button mushrooms
shredded red cabbage
olives (green, black, marinated)
pickled garlic cloves
bacon bits
pickled cauliflower
croutons
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Old 06-17-2006, 10:58 AM   #5
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grilled portabello slices with balsamic vinegar
breaded and fried goat cheese balls or cubes
reds: radichio, red cabbage, baby beets roasted and diced (so good)
grilled corn cut off the cob
roast cauliflower drizzled with olive oil until golden brown, dip in grated parmesan cheese and toss on a salad
leftover grilled fish or steak or chicken, or veggies or shrimp or whatever.
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Old 06-17-2006, 11:27 AM   #6
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Mmm, Robo, that roasted cauliflower sounds awfully good.

I think I never thunk'a that.
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Old 06-17-2006, 12:19 PM   #7
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Or - some apples w/cheddar or chevre/pears w/gorgonzola?
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Old 06-17-2006, 12:42 PM   #8
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MY daughter makes one we all enjoy, with her greens, she slices in strawberries, candied walnuts, feta cheese, thin slices of sweet red or vidalia onions, and avocados.Then offers several different dressings.

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Old 06-17-2006, 01:22 PM   #9
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Thank you for the ideas everyone! Some sweet and salty additions would be nice.

Marmalady - I'm not sure I understand your suggestion of chevre/pears with gorgonzola. Pairing chevre with gorgonzola? Wouldn't the chevre be lost in the pungency of the gorgonzola?
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Old 06-17-2006, 02:55 PM   #10
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I like using dried fruits like cherries or cranberries. Also, taking kadesma's suggestion a few steps further, not only using walnuts but also toasted pecans, pinenuts, almonds, hazlenuts, macadamia nuts, etc. Also, a firmer cheese like manchego or asiago is nice shaved over salads. I like to use a vegetable peeler so there are thin slices of the cheese.
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