Buffet Style Salad

So I feel a little silly writing a post about this ‘recipe’, but I hope it can prove to be beneficial.  Even if recipe is a loose term this is something I love and I’m happy to share it with others:-) So I have this aunt who always makes amazing salads.  They are never quite the same, but always delicious.  We had dinner (salad) and a game night with this aunt and uncle a few weeks ago and I realized what made her salads so good.DSC_0495DSC_0612She puts out as many toppings as possible.  Eating at her house was kinds of like eating a buffet salad bar.  When we had that dinner with them recently we all had access to the same toppings, but we all had different salads and we all greatly enjoyed our own creations. DSC_0601DSC_0561Do you understand why I said recipe is a loose term?  I know coming up with buffet style salads isn’t hard, but I also know that in the moment of making my lists I can struggle to think of what to use, so hopefully this will give you a place you can come to for ideas.DSC_0603In the ‘recipe’ listed below I shared the specific ingredients I used, but since I was only making a salad for one I didn’t lay out any extra toppings.  For future use when making a salad for yourself or for a lager group with varied tastes here is a list of possible toppings: dried cranberries/fruit, apple, mandarin oranges, grapes, pineapple bits, berries, carrots, bell peppers, olives, sprouts, tomatoes, avocado, beans, corn, peas, zucchini, broccoli, beets, onion, cilantro, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, pomegranate seeds, almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachio nuts, cashews, peanuts, eggs, cheese, meat, tortilla chips.  I’m sure there are more, but I think that is a pretty good base to start with.  I hope this is a useful resource for mass salad productions to come!DSC_0612

Buffet Style Salad

Leafy greens

Carrots, shredded

Tomato, diced

Avocado, diced

Garbanzo beans

Dried cranberries

Pumpkin seeds

  1. Layer bowl with greens and toppings of your choice.
  2. My preferred dressing is always lemon or lime juice with a bit of salt, but pick whichever dressing will suit your salad best.

* I can’t help but throw my two cents in about salad dressings.  I know not everyone could use citrus juice and enjoy the salad, but there are a LOT of dressings out there that will quickly turn a healthy salad into an unhealthy meal.  My word of caution is to be aware of what is in the dressing and conscious of how much you use.  I know as a kid I drowned my lettuce in ranch and thought I was being so healthy.

Remember the ingredients listed in the recipe are just an example of one salad option.  There is a more complete list of possible options in the paragraphs above.  Have fun creating:-)DSC_0629DSC_0626DSC_0628

7 thoughts on “Buffet Style Salad

  1. There is nothing better than a fresh salad, I just have to have some kind of fresh salad every day. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your weekend!
    Miz Helen

  2. I love salads and I like your choice of ingredients for this salad bar. This is fun too. I also appreciate your warning about dressings. I made a light orange dressing the other day and the zest gave it such wonderful flavor. It does not need a lot of fat to make it good. Thanks for sharing with My Meatless mondays.

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