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Nick Eff ([personal profile] roadrunnertwice) wrote2017-05-08 09:23 am
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Stinky Salad

Apparently some people think that salad for dinner is Not A Thing, but I'm pretty sure it's just because they're not salading hard enough. As long as your salad has enough protein and fat in it, it's kind of an ideal dinner, especially once the weather crosses that 80° mark.

Anyway, I really only make variations on one salad. It's called "Stinky Salad," named after a comic Natasha Allegri posted on LiveJournal back in the day. It goes a little like this:


  • Leaf lettuce — not romaine, not iceberg, the more flavorful stuff. Red and green are both nice.
  • 1 medium carrot per 2 people. Grated, or you can take a slicer to it (kind of annoying to get it thin enough with a knife).
  • A little bit of onion, sliced as thin as you can get it.


Throw in any of these if they're around and you're feeling it.

  • Raddichio or other bitter leafies. Chop real thin.
  • Snap peas! Try to strip the spine out of them by peeling back on the stem, so they'll play nice with the other textures. Chop into 2 or 3 pieces.
  • Tomatoes, but ONLY if you can get the really good local shit. If your tomatoes are only OK, use them for something else.


  • 1 hard boiled egg per person, cut into, idk, eighths.
  • 1 pepperoncini per person, sliced thin.
  • A small handful of olives per person, pitted and halved. (I use a mix of kalamata and big green guys. I think black olives would go wrong with it, but what do I know, it's YOUR salad now!!!)
  • Feta cheese.


Use a LOT of this. Side salads might still work ok if you skimp on the dressing, but we're playing in the dinner leagues now.

  • Good olive oil. IDK, somewhere around a quarter cup per 2 people? Maybe more? I kind of just eyeball it in one of those pyrex not-a-ramekins. Sorry!
  • Good enough balsamic vinegar.
  • Spicy brown mustard, about 1/8 tsp per 2 people. I know this seems random, but it's very important.
  • Garlic, maybe one large clove per 2 people unless you wanna level this salad UP. Use a garlic press, because completely creamed garlic works better in dressing than lil cubes do.
  • Salt (~1/4 tsp for 2 ppl?).
  • Pepper

First salad-for-dinner night of the year and oh my god I was not expecting the visceral rush of joy from that first bite.

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[personal profile] kamonohashi 2017-05-10 02:06 pm (UTC)(link)
growing up nicoise salad was a common summer dinner for us, so i am completely on board with salad for dinner as A Thing.

and now i actually do salad for dinner a lot, even in colder temperatures, because JAPAN IS SO TERRIBLE ABOUT VEGETABLES UGH
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[personal profile] kamonohashi 2017-05-14 01:04 pm (UTC)(link)
1. limited selection of vegetables in grocery stores

2. belief that eating raw vegetables is bad for you

3. meals consist of protein plus rice plus a small tiny side dish of some vegetable, often boiled in dashi until it is unappealing. oh and miso soup.

4. commercials i have seen on tv with my own eyes:
(a) a powder to put in your ramen to replace eating real vegetables because who can be bothered with that shit
(b) a girl eating vegetables throughout the day and slowly turning into a rabbit because it is impossible for a human to get the daily recommended allowance of vegetables in

5. one vegetable served by itself is a salad: a bowl of cabbage? salad. a bowl of corn? corn salad.
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[personal profile] bzedan 2017-05-10 11:46 pm (UTC)(link)
How is salad for dinner not a thing for some folks?! Also, in the winter you can switch to cabbage and stir fry the same basic ingredients.

I think most of our salads go:
- Red/Green lettuce and Some Spinach?
- Chopped hunks of cheese
- Did you know you can get a box of popcorn chicken for under $2 at QFC
- If not, then what meat is leftover
- Walnuts

And then various, depending on who is making it (I will caramelise carrots, or add those dried garlic peas from Uwajimaya), and we add dressing in bowl because the two of us have different tastes.