I am a self proclaimed Gourmet Cook, but I hate making Salads. . . . I used to think that I was the only really great cook who felt that way . . . but I was wrong. Lots of cooks avoid the salad, even though there are thousands. . . . Okay, maybe hundreds of reasons to have a salad once or twice a day. So how can we overcome this easy-to-accept “No Salad Lifestyle” ? My solution is to make the Salad first! It’s also important to remind yourself to think about the fact that fresh and colorful means full of antioxidants . . . and antioxidants mean anti-aging, no matter what your age is. Salads are not even hard to make and a non-cook, or maybe your sous chef (aka your friend or lover) can help make the salad. But you can design it.
Use your Inner Artist to create a Sensuous Salad. First, you need to assemble Sensuous Ingredients.
You will need Organic produce, starting with lettuce. Choose one or two varieties, and dark green is preferred. After that, add other colors. Choose something orange, pink, red, blue, yellow, and any other color you can find. The more colorful, the better. Be sure to use Organic Fruit and Veggies, if at all possible. If Organic produce hard to find…Learn how to grow it yourself. You can find all kinds of information about growing food in containers in books, magazines and online. So, if you want . . . you can grow your own Organic produce no matter where you live. I myself have written many articles on this subject. And, although you can grow an Apple tree in a container . . . Strawberries and Blueberries are easier. Lettuce and Basil will grow well indoors in a sunny south facing window, and tomatoes and peppers will do well in a container on your patio. If you have never tried to grow food… be brave and choose to grow something that you love to eat.
Once you have your ingredients, you can start to create your Sensuous Salad. My favorite ingredients include Romaine and Bibb lettuce, strawberries, blueberries, thinly-sliced apples or Asian Pears, slices of carrots, slivers of red cabbage, fresh peapods and red bell peppers. There are always the standard salad choices of cucumbers, tomatoes, green onions, spinach and celery or not so standard additions like olives, artichokes, grilled zucchini, or avocado. The possiblities are endless. I always add pecans or walnuts, and my favorite cheese. Sometimes, I add homemade croutons made from toasted whole wheat bread, topped with olive oil and garlic.
There are several ways to go with your dressing.
Peggy’s Sensuous Salad Dressing
Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil
Choose some really good Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil. You can buy flavored Balsamic Vinegars and Olive Oils which can be fun . . . but, I love my 18- year-old Balsamic Vinegar, because it is very sweet and tasty.
The proportions are up to you, but most dressings have more olive oil than vinegar. The most common ratio is 3:1 with 3 parts oil and 1 part vinegar. Once you have assembled your ingredients for your dressing, mix a 3 tablespoons of oil and 1 tablespoon of vinegar in a bowl. (You may need more, depending on how many salads you are making.) Use your senses to determine your preference. I like to add a bit of real maple syrup or local honey, a shake or two of turmeric, and maybe a bit of cayenne pepper. You can also add any of your favorite fresh or dried herbs, like basil, thyme, or parsley. Play with the ingredients until the dressing tastes good to you. This will become your Signature Sensuous Salad Dressing. Connect to your Sensuous Self to create your own Signature Sensuous Salad Dressing.
When you are ready to eat, drizzle each salad with a Sensuous Salad Dressing.
Take a Food Selfie and share if it looks good! 🙂
This is an excellent first course in your Sensuous Dinner. . . . Or, you could decide to make it the main course by adding your favorite Veggie Protein sautéed with some onions and garlic, or maybe some grilled Salmon.
Make a Sensuous Salad at every meal . . . or for sure, once a day. Put it on your “Fridge Checklist.
Adding more Sensuous Salads to your life will make you Healthy and younger looking… and help you stay in touch with your Sensuous Self.
Explain the concept of a Sensuous Salad to anyone who dines with you. This will help your friends be as Healthy and Sensuous as you are!
Check out my post on Fridge Checklist for additional ideas of how to stay in touch with Sexy, Sensuous, Younger You!
Until next time… stay in touch with your Sensuous Self