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Enjoying summer salads

I planted lots of lettuce, so we've been having lots of salads this summer, (otherwise I'd have to feed it ALL to the chickens :)  They know when I'm picking it and all hang around the garden waiting for their share).

too much lettuce...
...and rocket

Nourishing Traditions features a total of 45 salad recipes. This seems totally unnecessary to me, seriously, how hard is it to mix up raw vegetables!?  It doesn't really matter what combinations you use, its all going to taste lovely and fresh.  I just pick whatever is growing in the garden and mix it up on our dinner plates.  Lately I've been using lettuce, rocket, mizuna, a little basil and garlic chives, mini capsicums, baby tomatoes, chopped up beans and peas and sliced zucchini or squash, and some sprouts. If we've bought carrots or corn, I add these too (just cut the kernels from the cob, sweet and juicy yumminess), and in the past we've also added beetroot and radish.  We usually use a balsamic salad dressing, just 3 parts olive oil to 1 part balsamic, this adds a little flavour and lots of good enzymes and fats to the meal.

Salad recipe: chop up lots of vegetables :)
We eat the salad with either steak, sausages, rissoles, pork chops or roast meat.  I really enjoy a cool salad on a hot summer night, especially if we don't need to do any inside cooking!

salad with pork chop (and sauerkraut) and potatoes cooked on the Weber BBQ
Do you make salads?  Any unusual combinations that you enjoy?

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  1. I love salad... that is one food I crave if I haven't had it for a while! I love interesting salads with lots of stuff in them. Mayonnaise is one thing I am wanting to learn this year, and just bought a fangle-dangle food processor yesterday, so nothing stopping me now!

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  2. I narrowed it down to the Kenwood Multi Pro Excel (FP980) due to it's wattage, variable speed settings, and multi bowls. It was hard to find that model in the shops, but when we found it yesterday in David Jones & there was 15% off, had to go for it. It costs $699, but we got it for $594. It is pricey, but a long term investment, and way cheaper than a TMX!

    (Of course, I did up a spreadsheet comparing all the options, but then dumped off the low wattage ones from the list, I need power! The other one in the running was the Breville Kitchen Wizz Pro, which had big wattage, good price & long warranties, but only On/Off/Pulse. The Cuisinart & Magimix seemed overpriced for what you got?? The Kitchenaid Food Processor didn't have enough wattage.)

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