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Maryann Laughing Alone With Salad

10.13.2011

Did you ever see that collection of stock photos that went around the internet of Women Laughing Alone With Salad? They're great:







There's many more at the Women Laughing With Salad tumblr.

Anyway, I never thought I would write a blog post about salad, but here I am. I felt the need to name my favorite salads.

There are 3 salads that make up my Holy Salad Trinity (all of which were introduced to me by my friend Leigh. The woman knows what salads to order). They are all from restaurants. I never make salad at home. The bag of lettuce just sits in the fridge, growing old and limp. So I try to order salads when I'm out so they're fresh and delicious and I can still avoid scurvy.

From cheapest to most expensive salad, here we go!

Salad #1: Pagliaccio Salad from Pagliacci Pizza
"Lettuce tossed with garbanzo beans, diced red pepper, kasseri cheese, salami, red onion and our own dijon vinaigrette."

Their dijon vinaigrette is OF THE GODS. I love to get a salad and a slice of pizza so I can dip the crust in my leftover dressing.
My tip: they pack it reaaaaaally tight in the to-go container, so take it home and put it in a large bowl so you don't have lettuce flying into your face like a Snake in a Can.

Salad #2: The Original BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad from California Pizza Kitchen
"Sweet corn, black beans, jicama, cilantro, basil, tortilla chips and Monterey Jack tossed in homemade herb ranch dressing. Topped with BBQ chicken, tomatoes, and scallions."

And I always add avocado, even though it costs extra. It's like a Southwestern taste sensation, and another salad with perfect pizza-crust-dipping dressing. Though I confess I'm still not 100% sure what jicama is. It's kinda clear? And crunchy?

Salad #3: Peso's Chop Chop Salad from Peso's
"Grilled chicken breast, bacon, romaine chiffonade, basil, cotija, roma tomatoes, cucumber, and fresh herbs dressing."

Again with the ranch herb dressing! But even as good as it is, I think the key combination is the basil and bacon and cucumber. It tastes so fresh and flavorful at the same time...I could eat it forever.

2 comments:

loverstreet said...

mmm, jicama is delish! difficult to cut, but so refreshing in the summer when you feel like you are eating crisp, cool, crunchy water.

Kristen said...

Jicama = the watermelon of vegetables!