Meatless Mondays – Mixing Bowl Salad

Posted on July 23, 2012 by Allie

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Meat-Free Monday doesn’t have to involve a fancy recipe or a lot of work.  Sometimes, it’s nice to just have a simple, throw together meal.  Back in my single days, my favorite easy meal was what I called mixing bowl salad.

Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like — a salad so big that it’s made and served in a mixing bowl.

Mixing bowl salad varies depending on mood, and the contents of the fridge, but (in addition to lettuce) can include any combo of the following:

  • roasted red peppers
  • fresh peppers
  • tomatoes
  • avocados
  • left over veggies, quinoa or rice
  • olives
  • walnuts
  • slivered almonds
  • the broken bits from the bottom of a bag of tortilla chips
  • crumbled hard boiled egg
  • cheese
  • sun dried tomatoes
  • dried cranberries
  • sunflower seeds
  • beans

My favorite dressing combo is some oil and vinegar mixed with a little sea salt, pepper, and tons of oregano.

The point is to make a salad that you can totally pig out on.  I promise, you won’t miss the meat.

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