You *CAN* Win Friends With Salad With These 8 Expert Tips
As the wise Homer Simpson once pointed out, you don’t win friends with salad! At least not when they’re as bland as the ones you probably grew up eating. Whether you’re vegetarian or just looking for a good recipe for Meatless Monday, a strong salad game is essential to eating better and, most importantly, enjoying eating better. Look outside basic ingredients like lettuce and tomato and get creative with your veggies, starting with these expert tips from Chef Hugh Acheson. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom to check out his tasty recipe for a delish charred carrot and scallion salad, followed by some Newman’s Own contest details to make your salad even better.
1. Store your lettuce correctly. Don’t make the mistake of just throwing it in the crisper drawer. Instead, wrap the lettuce in a damp paper towel and keep it in a sealable plastic bag.
2. Expand your vision of the crouton. A store-bought bag isn’t the only way to add crunch to a salad. Bagel chips and farro are great crispy substitutes.
3. Use what’s in your fridge. Rather than going out and buying what you think you need, use the ingredients you already have on hand. Waste not, want not.
4. Make it a full meal by using apples, pears and some good cheese. You don’t need to buy a big salad in order to feel full.
5. Break out the pickles. Remember that jar of pickles you have somewhere in the fridge? It’s not just for burgers.
6. Recreate tastes from classic dishes. “The Italian sub salad is a beautiful thing,” says Chef Hugh, and we have to agree. Throw together some salami, crisp lettuce, cheese, pepperoncini, tomatoes and oregano, and mama mia! You’ve got a hearty and healthy meal.
7. Sesame seeds make things awesome. And they couldn’t be easier to throw on top.
8. Use tofu to get your daily protein. Just crisp it in the oven beforehand to give it a whole new texture.
Charred Carrot and Scallion Salad With Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette
— 1 bunch fresh carrots with tops (about 12 medium-sized carrots)
— 1 tbsp canola oil
— 1 bunch scallions, top 3” of dark green cut away, roots removed
— 1 ripe avocado
— 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
— 1/4 cup roasted almonds, chopped
— 1/2 bunch flat-leaf Italian parsley, stems removed, leaves left whole
— 1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
— 3 tbsp Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette
— Kosher salt to taste
— Freshly ground pepper to taste
— Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to taste
1. With a knife, remove the top inch from the carrot tops, just above where the carrot meets the green. Soak the bright green tops in cold water. Wash the carrots well and place them on paper towel to drain and dry thoroughly. Coarsely chop and set them aside for later use.
2. Heat the canola oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the carrots to the pan and slowly brown for five minutes. Turn them over and char for five more minutes. Remove the carrots from the heat and place them on a cutting board to mellow out.
3. Add the scallions to the pan and char for five minutes. Remove them to a cutting board.
4. Cut the charred carrots on a bias into 2-inch pieces. Place them in a large bowl. Cut the scallions into 2-inch lengths, also on a bias, and add to the carrots.
5. Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit and cut each half into halves. Peel away the skin of the avocados, then cut the avocado flesh into large cubes and add to the bowl. Add the lime juice, almonds, parsley leaves, 1 cup of loosely packed chopped carrot fronds and sesame seeds to the bowl, and gently toss.
6. Dress with the Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette, gently toss again and season to taste with the salt and pepper. Using a rasp, grate Parmigiano-Reggiano over the salad.
Newman’s Own “Greens for Good” Contest
Chef Hugh came up with this recipe as part of the Newman’s Own “Greens for Good” contest, which he will be judging alongside other experts. Submit an original salad recipe that features a Newman’s Own salad dressing and the winner’s favorite charity will receive a $35,000 donation. Better yet, the top nine runners-up will get to choose charities to receive a $1,000 donation. All submissions are due by August 21, 2015 and you can check out the official contest rules at Newman’s Own.
So put Chef Hugh’s tips to the test, shake up a killer salad and go put your greens to good use.
What do you do to amp up a salad? Tell us your secret ingredients in the comments!
(Chef Hugh’s salad photo via Newman’s Own)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)