Sunday, July 18, 2021

Sunday Brunch - Salad as a Meal #giveaway

 


TINA KASHIAN: Welcome to our Sunday Brunch! This is my first time hosting a Sunday Brunch and I’m excited to pick a topic to chat with our wonderful readers. During the summer we eat different types of salads, and they are often the main course about two times a week. I love Mediterranean and Middle Eastern salads like tabouleh, chickpea salad, cold couscous salad with kalamata olives, and fattoush, a Lebanese salad with pita chips that serve as croutons. We use vegetables from our garden and wait for our tomatoes to ripen, our cucumbers to grow, and our herbs such as mint and parsley to be ready. Many of these salads use lemon juice and olive oil as a dressing instead of mayonnaise and are healthy.

So, today’s Sunday Brunch questions are: How often do you eat salad as a meal? And what is your favorite type of salad? Please share because there will be a book giveaway you don’t want to miss! (Please leave your email address for a chance to win.)



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MADDIE: I love salad as a meal. I posted the recipe for a simple version the day after Thanksgiving last year. At this time of year, I often make my favorite Greek salad, also simple, featuring homegrown gold cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and oregano, plus feta cheese, Kalamata olives, and olive oil. 


Add a crusty baguette to soak up the oil and juices and you have dinner! 


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VICKI: I enjoy a chicken salad all year round.  Nothing could be easier.  Grill a chicken breast and then slice it and add to lettuces,. tomatoes, maybe some cucumber or zucchini.  i like sunflower seeds and dried cranberries for crunch, and a sturdy homemade dressing. 

When fresh tomatoes are at the farm stand, I love to do an Italian bread salad. I shared my favourite way of preoparing it on the blog a while ago.  Mystery Lovers' Kitchen: Bread salad (mysteryloverskitchen.com)





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MIA: I'll have to admit to not being a huge salad as a meal fan. It's fine as an accompaniment, but it often leaves me feeling unsatisfied. I'm a big fan of caprese, chickpea, and other Mediterranean-style salads, like the ones Tina mentioned, but the one I was absolutely obsessed with last year was Mary Anne Mohanraj's kale sambol. If you had told me pre-pandemic that I would be making kale salad every single week throughout the summer, I wouldn't have believed you. But there's something so addictive about the combination of finely shredded kale, cherry tomatoes, onion, coconut, lime, and sugar. Just make sure to have a nice curry or chunk of protein on the side.


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LESLIE KARST: My mother was famous for her massive bowls of salad for dinner, with the rule being, “No one leaves the table until the salad’s all gone.” So I admit to being a bit of a salad freak, and Robin and I have it as the main course of our dinner at least once a week. One of my favorites is Salade Lyonnaise, which is frisée lettuce, bacon, poached eggs, and a red wine vinagrette. But sometimes it’s lettuce with whatever leftovers happen to be in the fridge, such as this one with the previous night’s roasted veggies, along with bleu cheese, croutons, and a simple vinaigrette.

Or this one with baby spinach, avocado, orange, and pickled onion.


And to round out our salad dinner, we most always accompany it with crunchy French bread and butter—which may be the best part of the meal!


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MAYA: I enjoy Salade Nicoise, named for the French Riviera city of Nice. The salad features ingredients associated with Mediterranean diets, though not all of these will be in every salad: tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, olives, tuna or anchovies, green beans, potatoes, peppers, cucumbers, leaf lettuce. I use whatever I have on hand with a vinaigrette dressing and crusty bread.



I recently shared a recipe for the Mediterranean tuna salad that appears in both photos. 



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LUCY BURDETTE: Hmmm, these all look so good! Makes me think we should do this more often. And I do make the wonderful Italian bread salad when our garden is full of tomatoes and cukes. And here's a watermelon, cuke and feta salad that's wonderful--though I don't think my hub would consider this dinner!



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MOLLY MACRAE: Oh salad, how do we love you? Let me count the ways. 
With beans and rice, oh so nice, 
Sweet potato,
Fresh tomato,
With cheese? Yes, please!
Fruit salad or salad roasted, 
Add some nuts lightly toasted,
Crisp, delicious and all green,
Salad, salad, you are Queen. 
We eat salad for supper at least twice a week throughout the year. I have so many pictures of salads, it was hard to choose one. But here's roasted beet and radish salad with sunflower seeds and fresh orange on a bed of mixed greens and fresh dill - mmm mm!




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LESLIE BUDEWITZ:  We, too, are huge fans of meal salads, as well as green salads on the side. Not big on fruit salad--and I certainly don't consider it dessert! (The only time we insist on a fruit salad is for our annual holiday brunch, when a good friend brings a huge bowl of the stuff with a honey-based dressing and it's delicious, partly because we rarely eat it any other time!) Having a big bowl of salad, whether it's a green salad or something more substantial, in the fridge, gives me a very satisfying feeling of abundance. To be a meal salad, though, it really ought to include some kind of protein, whether it's chicken, shrimp, cheese, or as in this Herbed Black Bean Pasta Salad, a combo of black beans and carbs. It originally appeared in Killing Thyme, my third Seattle Spice Shop mystery, and more than one reader told me they loved how Pepper used the salad to catch a killer! Happily, you don't have to be setting a trip or stalking a killer to enjoy it. Hmm, maybe we'll enjoy a big bowl of it this weekend.  


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MARY JANE MAFFINI  I always enjoy the talk around the table at Sunday Brunch!  Thanks for a fun topic, Tina.  I must confess that I have never been a been lover of main dish salads, although we almost always have salad as a side.  My hubby is the king of all things salad-y, so it depends on who is making the meal whether it’s the main.  Having said that, we are dealing with July heat and humidity and there’s a bumper crop of delicious local strawberries. Fired up by my Mystery Lovers Kitchen colleagues talk of their fantastic salads and fed up with the steamy weather, it made sense to give a strawberry chicken salad a try.  The refreshing result was unsurprisingly a hit with the little mister but I loved it too. Who knew? Maybe because the strawberries were sweet and they played well with tart blueberries, salty feta, herbs and chicken breasts in savory dressing.   

I liked it so much I agreed to try it as soon as we get back to the strawberry stand and to pass on the recipe in a Mystery Lovers Kitchen post.  


I look forward to seeing what you readers think of salad meals and what ideas you’ll bring to our table. Molly, I loved the poem!



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CLEO COYLE: Timely topic for summer, Tina! All the salads mentioned look delicious, and I know I'd enjoy every one. I'll just add a salad that Marc and I always enjoy: potato salad! We often make it the traditional way with mayo. Today, I'll share our potato salad recipe with a hot-bacon twist, which can be a meal in itself. The original recipe was inspired by Marc's grandmother, Ethel. We even featured it in our 17th Coffeehouse Mystery SHOT IN THE DARK. If you'd like the recipe, CLICK HERE or click on the photo below. And eat with summertime joy, everyone! ~ Cleo 

Click for Cleo's recipe.



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How often do you eat salad as a meal?

And what is your favorite type of salad?



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74 comments:

  1. I eat salad as a meal every once in awhile. my favorite would have to potato salad. cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Cherie, I also like potato salad with a light lemon and olive oil dressing.

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  2. I have a salad with almost every night. My favorite is Cesar salad.
    Kitten143 (at) Verizon (dot) net

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    1. Hi Christine! Cesar salad is my husband's favorite. I have to find an easy recipe for the dressing

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    2. I adore Caesar salad--especially when it's made correctly with coddled eggs!

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  3. Every once in awhile.My favorite is Cesar salad.Gogo2007@rocketmail.com

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    1. HiJennifer, Cesar is a favorite in my house. Do you make the dressing?

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  4. I do not eat a vegetable salad but love fruit salad!
    hsdh1525@gmail.com

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    1. Yum! Anything with watermelon. It's in season now.

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  5. I eat salad as a meal fairly often. The ones I make are fairly simple but contain fruit, grapes and apples most often. I live fried chicken salads at restaurants. suefoster109 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Sue, any type of fruit salad is healthy and delicious during the summer when the fruit is in season.

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  6. We grow our own veggies all summer so our salads sometimes change each week. Love using beet and pea greens in the mix. My favorites are Mediterranean salads, home grown, like tabouleh and fattoush with warm pita bread!
    sharonepero@comcast.net

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    1. My mother used to make beet salad in the summer. I haven't prepared one myself and you reminded me to try a recipe.

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  7. I love eating salads, especially in the summer. Lucy's watermelon, cucumber and feta cheese salad is really making my mouth water! bobandcelia(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  8. I eat salad as a meal during the summer. My favorite is taco salad or tuna salad. 3labsmom(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. We went through a period of having a lot of pea salad, and it was the perfect meal for a night when I was just getting home from work at midnight and still on-call until 6am. Quick, no heating up, easy to throw back in the fridge if I got a call...
    I love tuna, pea, potato, rhubarb, circus peanut, Snicker, fruit, lettuce- pretty much any type of salad.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. I eat salad a few times a month. I like a tomato and mozzarella salad. bmedrano34@yahoo.com

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    1. The basil in our garden is thriving and we enjoy tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil at least twice a week in the summer. yum!

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  11. I have a salad everyday. A salad filled with tomatoes, kale and peas is my favorite of all. So tasty and healthy. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I generally have a salad for breakfast- various greens/veggies and either fish, chicken or hard boiled egg. I LOVE all the recipes and suggestions on this site!

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    1. Sounds like a delicious--and healthy--breakfast! (And I have to ask: Are you named Koufax, or perhaps a fan of the baseball great, Sandy?)

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  13. A salad with every meal but a larger one on the weekend. One that i enjoy is chopped romaine, cherry tomatoes, basil, and avocado. Yummy. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  14. We never have salad as a meal. It is always as a side. I like veggie salads as well as fruit salads.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  15. i like a salad at least 3x a week, love chef's salad and grilled chicken caesar salad. thanks for the chance to win! amandasmother(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I often order a chef's salad when I'm out to eat with friends, Charlene. Good choice!

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  16. Not a salad person. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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  17. We'll have bagged salads as part of a meal but it isn't satisfying enough to be the entire meal. I have made pasta salads lately that were the entree' and those work best if there is some protein. The latest one had crawfish tails I had in the freezer. patdupuy@yahoo.com

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  18. Looking at all these interesting offerings, I'd say the answer is "Not often enough."
    I like the addition of a grain or pasta to fill it out for a main dish. With enough cheese I don't think a meat is necessary.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  19. Typically in the summer we have a salad meal about once a week. I like a chef salad (plus extra leftovers added in, if needed).

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  20. I love eating salads as a meal or on the side. My husband and I follow two different diets so we often make different kinds of salads . I think my favorites are potato salads, pasta salads and anything else that does not contain meat , beets or mushrooms. All of these recipes look so good. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. You all are making me SO HUNGRY!!!!

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  22. I love a cold salad plate: chicken salad, tuna salad, egg salad and cottage cheese with a old world bread and soft creamy butter accompanied by a sharp cheddar cheese slice.
    lindalou64(@)live(dot)com

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    1. That sounds like a wonderful salad, Linda. I love combining tuna, chicken, and egg salad for different flavors and textures.

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  23. I've started having salads for lunch two or three days a week. It's an Israeli Salad that I add Avocado, chopped Hearts of Romaine, pickle and sliced black olives to. I top it with Tehini sauce.

    It's fairly filling and I can eat it at my desk while reading online or checking out FaceBook.

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  24. My mom makes this terrific cold spaghetti salad that I love to eat as a meal. It has tomatoes, cucumbers, black olives, bell pepper... I can't even remember what all is in it. I also like a mixed greens salad with any and all fresh vegetables and fruits thrown in with a little grilled chicken sliced and thrown on top. Mickeymania1@aol.com

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  25. These all look so good, lots of ideas to try, especially these hot days we're having I'm not a big salad fan unless it's "fixed up" a little with added chicken or beans or something.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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  26. We eat salad for dinner several nights a week during the warmer months. We grill a protein and throw it on a pile of salad greens with fresh herbs from the garden and a random assortment of veggies - avocado, zucchini, cucumbers, mushrooms, beets. I love to do a mango-pineapple salsa to top grilled fish. Nuts and seeds for crunch. dfdeforestoh@gmail.com

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  27. We often eat salad for dinner - my husband is not a big vegetable fan but salads are one of the few ways he will eat them. It can be someting as simple as sliced chicken on lettuce with cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, carrots or a more 'complicated' recipe like a taco salad or blt salad. I have a recipe for a pizza salad that is a pasta salad with mini-pepperonis, olives, cherry tomatoes, mozarella cubes and of course Italian seasonings/dressing. jwhite410(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  28. I like nice Greek salad with chicken. Taco salad, and a nice cuke tomato and onion with light Italian or Greek dressing and crusty bread or rolls.

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  29. I love vegetable, potato and fruit salads. I especially like chickpea salad, potato salad with the hot bacon dressing and cucumber salad.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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