A Week of Main Course Salads

From Fried Meyer Lemon Caesar Salad to Kale-Grape Salad with Thai Curry Vinaigrette, these seven salads are over-the-top delicious and hearty enough to be a meal!A Week of Main Course SaladsYou might think I’m dishing up salads for a week because it’s a new year — and we should be eating lighter after the holidays, dieting or something.

Sesame-Orange-Steak-Salad-RecipeSesame Orange Steak Salad Recipe

Um, have you met me?  Perhaps not, but you know my eating style if you’ve been hanging out here, on Cooking On The Weekends for a while.  

I consider myself a healthy-ish eater.  And the “ish” is good enough for me.  🙂

Fried Meyer Lemon Caesar Salad Recipe

Fried meyer Lemon Caeser Salad Recipe

I eat everything I want, mostly healthy, and in moderation.  I have a huge sweet tooth, so I’m careful about sugar — though I don’t cut it out all together.  I used to have high cholesterol (the bad kind), so I’m also careful about not eating too much saturated fat — but again, I don’t get rid of it completely.

Kale-Grape Salad with Thai Curry Vinaigrette, Potatoes and Honey Glazed PistachiosKale-Grape Salad with Thai Curry Vinaigrette, Potatoes and Honey Glazed Pistachios

It’s my humble opinion that as soon as we begin to remove things from our diets, we want them oh-so-much-more.  After all, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?  If I say I’m not eating something, I’ll end up swimming in it. 😉

Shredded Chicken Cobb Salad Recipe with Citrus Vinaigrette

Shredded Chicken Cobb Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette-green-leaves-orange bowl-COOKINGONTHEWEEKENDS.COM

Don’t get me wrong, I understand that many folks need to diet for specific reasons, and of course I 100% respect that — I respect what feels right to everyone individually.  We’re all different!

Grilled-Romaine-Anchovy-Salad-Recipe Grilled Romaine Anchovy Salad Recipe

So why am I dishing up a week of salads?   Simple . . . they’re super delicious, they’re hearty enough to be a one-dish meal, and because they’re healthy-ish!

Roasted Vegetable Citrus Salad Recipe With Quinoa CrispsRoasted Vegetable Citrus Salad with Quinoa Crisps

To my point, here’s an interesting article, In Defense of Food and the Rise of ‘Healthy-ish’.

Roasted Kale Chip-Quinoa Salad With Pancetta and Tomato VinaigretteRoasted Kale Chip-Quinoa Salad Recipe with Pancetta and Tomato Vinaigrette

Enjoy, and I wish you all a happy and healthy new year!  



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  1. says

    I’m a “healthy-ish” eater myself and LURRRVE your style of eating – spoeaking of which, these salads so rock – especially that Kale-Grape Salad with Thai Curry Vinaigrette, Potatoes and Honey Glazed Pistachios!

  2. says

    Oh Valentina, you have me craving salad now! What a wonderful array of choices and they all look more tasty than the last! Wow!

    Happy new year to you and your lovely family!

  3. says

    So much yumminess on one page. I’m not sure which salad to try first. I’m torn between your sesame orange steak salad and your shredded chicken cobb salad. Thank you so much for sharing this healthy fabulous salads.

  4. says

    Oh, jeez… you are making me feel guilty because I am still in the “it’s still the holidays; bring on the butter” phase. Okay, I promise I will try one of these amazing salads, Valentina! 🙂

    • valentina says

      No guilt David! I’m all about eating what we want, when we want. Just not too much, if we can help it! 😉 You enjoy whatever you’re eating!

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