A simple salad bar for your next get together

admin, November 30, 2013

 

Are you a young and hip student or professional?  Or a mature (a.k.a aging :D ) executive or entrepreneur?  Do you discuss your next sporting adventure with your friends, or what blood pressure medicine everyone is taking nowadays?

Either way, this is a perfect and simple thing to prepare for your next get together.  It’s a great light power brunch for all the youngsters out there who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  And it’s a great light dinner for all the oldies who have to watch their diets based on their doctor’s orders.

It’s something you can prepare even if you have a small prep space in a condo.  And when the Team Ihaw guys start grilling all that beef and pork, this salad bar is always on hand to provide a light side to all that heavy protein.

As always, we encourage you to add or subtract ingredients, modify the procedures as you see fit.  Experiment and use this as a learning experience.  You really can’t go wrong with this type of salad.  This serves about 4 to 6 people.

Ingredients

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  • 3 packets of lettuce (any kind will do)
  • 6 tomatoes
  • 2 Cucumbers
  • 2 small carrots
  • 2 onions
  • 1 Can of Bangus (or tuna would do)
  • 1 wedge of edam cheese (keso de bola) or cheddar will do
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • A bottle of ready to use vinaigrette
  • 2 lemons
  • salt
  • pepper

Procedure

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  • Cut the lettuce  up into bite size pieces
  • Cut the tomatoes into circular slices
  • Peel and cut the cucumbers into cubes
  • Peel and cut the carrots into matchstick size slices

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For the bangus, just open the can and warm the contents in a sauce pan.  This is just to avoid having solid pieces of fat in case the can’s been in cold storage.

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You have a couple of dressing options.  You can prepare a simple dressing by mixing 3 parts olive oil to 1 part balsamic vinegar and a squeeze of lemon.  You can also add salt and pepper to taste. Or you can just use the ready to use vinaigrette.

Just place the cheese on the side and place a vegetable peeler beside it.  Diners can just peel slices off the cheese onto their plate.

Place the ingredients in separate containers.  It’ll be up to the diners to assemble their own plates.

Presentation

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Just place all the prepped ingredient containers in a table and let your guests serve themselves.  This gives an element of fun, conversation and interaction making the meal more interesting and enjoyable.

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Enjoy!

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Even the dog seems interested!

 

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