I think more often than not, I buy ingredients first and then come up with a recipe based around them. Instead of coming up with a recipe idea first, and then buying ingredients for that recipe (I do that a lot too, though). That was the case with this beet green salad. I saw the bunches of beet greens on the grocery store shelf and I impulsively bought them without a thought of what I was going to make with them. That’s kind of a good thing, though. It forces me to be creative! I have to come up with what I want to make, and make it before they go bad. It’s a challenge and it trains me to make use of what I have. I didn’t even have to buy anything else in this salad, I already had it all at home! I knew I was already intending to use that grapefruit in a salad, but I hadn’t decided what kind of salad. I threw in everything else I thought would pair nicely together and then went for a creamy dressing, because a lot of ingredients in the salad are tart.
This is a nice big, filling salad and a perfect meal to enjoy on a hot summer day because you don’t have to turn on the oven and heat up the kitchen or stand by the hot flames of the BBQ. You just slice a few things up and throw them in a bowl and then enjoy the refreshing crunch of the beet greens and the juiciness of the grapefruit. Even better, enjoy it outside on the patio or back deck. But I can’t promise you the bugs aren’t going to want a taste. It’s too good for even them to resist.
It doesn’t have to be sunny to enjoy it, though. Curl up on a cloudy day with this crisp salad and a good book. Do it. Because if you’re anything like me, cloudy days make you feel groggy and lazy. But when you fill up on nutritious food and vitamin C, you get the energy you’re lacking from the lack of sun. You may see grey clouds outside (like I can see outside right now), but you’ll feel bright and energetic!
That’s what I love about food. It effects everything, like your mood and energy level! So go fill up on this salad and come back and tell me how you feel 😉
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