It's been brought to my attention that my ice cream recipes have convinced a few of you that you're going to need to invest in new wardrobes. So, I have a solution to counteract that problem: raw vegetables. And lots of 'em. Even if you get bored with eating vegetables, I'm fairly certain you'll learn to love them if you follow the requirements to building a filling, big ass salad, listed below.
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1. I've said it once, I'll say it again: chop all of your ingredients. Don't like mushrooms? Chop 'em! Can't stand avocados? Chop those, too. Chopping the vegetables allows you to easily mask the flavors of the vegetables you don't like. Not to mention, it packs a variety of flavors= into each bite.
2. Eliminate the need for dressing by bagging your toppings. Place all of your chopped, fresh produce (except for the lettuce) into a plastic bag. Add a pinch of salt, seal, toss and let sit for 30 minutes - the vegetables will produce a liquid, which will act as your dressing. But if you absolutely have to use dressing, dilute it. I'm a sucker for Brianna's poppy seed dressing - and when I use it, it takes about 1/4 cup to coat my salad. That's a lot of unnecessary sugar, so I dilute the dressing using one part water to one part dressing. Works like a charm!
3. Always add fruit. Always. I'm partial to apples, berries and currants (or raisins) (or dates). Getting a bite of something sweet makes eating a big ass salad a lot more tolerable.
4. Use an entire serving of each vegetable. I start with 4-6 cups of chopped greens then add 1/2-1 cup servings of each vegetable. Carrots, celery and tomatoes always get the full 1 cup, while vegetables such as cabbage, avocado and broccoli may only get 1/2 cup. When all is said and done, your salad should be so big that you have to eat it out of a mixing bowl.
5. Drink water. Lots of it. Yeah, this isn't necessarily a step to making a good salad - but I've come to find that the only way to guarantee a salad keeps me full for hours is to drink at least 32 ounces of water while I'm consuming it. Yes, this means you're going to have to empty your bladder a few times, but it's better than getting hungry two hours later.