A hearty salad
A hearty salad? What the devil is that? Salads are supposed to be rabbit food! They're not hearty. Mine are. They're almost a meal in themselves. So I thought I might share the concept.
I also call the salad I mostly make a simple salad, as it is usually just four ingredients chopped and thrown together without even the blessing of a dressing.
For two people:
Chop one tomato into wedges
Chop one Lebanese cucumber into thick slices
Chop contents of an avocado into substantial slices
Chop enough Feta cheese to make about a dozen small chunks
Toss together in a bowl and serve
Optionally: Add Manzanilla olives, anchovies or chopped capsicum (Bell pepper)
I am very heretical in that I don't use lettuce, other leaves or onion in my salads. Lettuce has no nutritional value and, if you use onions, a salad dressing is required (in my opinion). Raw onion is a bit harsh.
I have and have used salad dressing in the past but I am against it these days. It tends to mask the flavours of the salad ingredients. And, if what you are are using is reasonably fresh, the usual salad ingredients have a great taste of their own. And I now like to taste that without distractions.