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Sunday, July 14, 2013

A Big Salad, Elaine Benes-Big

Remember Elaine Benes, from Seinfeld?  Yes?   Well, remember her fondness for a "big salad"?  I'd like to think she would appreciate this salad....so I'm naming it after her.  I give you:  An Elaine Benes BIG Salad!  This is not so much a recipe as it is just a few suggestions, my salad guidelines for a great salad experience, if you will.

An Elaine Benes Big Salad from Soliloquy Of Food & Such (soliloquyoffood.com)

What you will need for 1 salad; layer the following:

  • A quality lettuce base.  I prefer mixed baby greens, if you can find the type an organic type with fresh herbs mixed in, then even better - 1 huge handful (about 3 cups loosely packed)

An Elaine Benes Big Salad from Soliloquy Of Food & Such (soliloquyoffood.com)

  • Essential salad veggies:  tomatoes, cukes, and onions.  Sure, you can add anything you want, but these are my default choices - sliced, about 1/2 cup of each

An Elaine Benes Big Salad from Soliloquy Of Food & Such (soliloquyoffood.com)

  • Protein (meat or beans); I used chicken breast - 3 oz boneless skinless chicken breast
  • Cheese, a must have for my salads!  I used a smoked cheddar...it was divine!! - 1 oz, chopped

An Elaine Benes Big Salad from Soliloquy Of Food & Such (soliloquyoffood.com)

  • Something sweet, fresh or dried fruit; I used dried cherries.  Combined with the smoked cheddar, the dried cherries were a treat....truly amazing (and I don't say that much about salads) - 2 TBS chopped dried cherries

An Elaine Benes Big Salad from Soliloquy Of Food & Such (soliloquyoffood.com)

  • Something salty & crunchy.  My new favorite way to add this to my salad.........Garlic & Butter Bagel Chips.  They crumble easy; I enjoy the smaller bits vs ginormous croutons that you can't seem to ever spear with your fork - 4 bagel chips, crumbled

An Elaine Benes Big Salad from Soliloquy Of Food & Such (soliloquyoffood.com)

  • Something pickle-y (is that a proper adjective?)  I found some hot and spicy pickled green beans, or pepper rings would work too - 1 oz chopped prickled green beans

An Elaine Benes Big Salad from Soliloquy Of Food & Such (soliloquyoffood.com)

  • Now that it's all built, and before we add the dressing, just give it a gentle toss.  I find I use a little less dressing if I do this - it distributes more evenly, rather than to top of the salad dressed and nothing on the bottom.  

An Elaine Benes Big Salad from Soliloquy Of Food & Such (soliloquyoffood.com)

  •  Because I had so many layers of flavor in this salad:  nice baby greens, fresh chopped veggies, grilled chicken, savory cheese, sweet dried fruit, salty & crunchy bagel chips, hot pickled beans.....I only used 1 TBS of salad dressing, a nice balsamic vinaigrette tied it all together.   

An Elaine Benes Big Salad from Soliloquy Of Food & Such (soliloquyoffood.com)

When S asked his usual "what's for dinner"?....and my reply was salad, he rolled his eyes.  Then he tried it....he was wowed, because he asked for seconds!  He even commented on the smoked cheddar and dried cherries, how good they were, and the 1 TBS of dressing was enough to satisfy him as well. He has actually asked for this salad again, if that's any indication.
he.
asked.
for.
a. 
salad!

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23 comments:

  1. Kim, I eat a lot of salads (you know, to counter-balance my out-of-control sweet tooth! ;) and this looks so fresh and wonderful! I've never tried adding pickled green beans - a nice touch! Thanks for sharing your salad inspiration, pinning and have a happy Sunday!

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    1. If you can find them, they are a nice addition. In Maine they are called Dilly Beans, these are a Canadian brand, but very similar.

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  2. Awesome salad! You did lose me at pickles however :) I love those Newman's Own dressings, they are fabulous!

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    1. Newman's is my go-to for store-bought dressing. Not so much pickles, something marinated or brined...I probably should've explained that better :) Waiting for your Libra recipes!!

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  3. Bwahahaha...I love the Elaine reference! I ate a lot of big salads in the late nineties thanks to her! Loving the addition of the pickled green beans!! Sounds like my kind of salad, Kim!

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    1. I actually saw the 'Big Salad" episode the day I wrote this post.....then I changed the title to suite Miss Benes. Thanks Kristi!!

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  4. Haha! I loved Elaine! In fact, I am doing the "Elaine" dance right now because this salad looks soooo good :)

    xo, Tanya

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    1. Her character lives on; thank goodness for syndicated episodes! Thanks for stopping by Tanya :)

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  5. This looks so good! I love salads and will have to try it. Found you over at Katherine's.

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    1. Thank you, Cynthia! I'm always looking for a new way to spruce up the ol' salad. This one worked......they don't always, though. :)

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  6. Hi, this salad looks so good. You always make such nice recipes and food.
    Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Julie; I have a lot of time on my hands right now to do so. I appreciate you stopping by and your nice comments!!

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  7. Alright, this is being pinned! You took building a salad up a step here. I'll have to try some dried cherries in my next salad, that just sounds too good to not try.
    Thank you for sharing on Foodie Friday

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    1. Yes, if you can find smoked cheddar to pair with them, even better! Together they are insanely delicious. Thanks for the Pin!!

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  8. Hi Kim, thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board and so happy that you join us every week! :) Have a fantastic weekend and see you soon!

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  9. Lovely summer salad! I am actually getting my 14 year old son to eat salads, especially when they are loaded like this one! thanks for the recipe! Visiting from Tuesday Trivia!

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  10. I like that you used the hot pickled beans. I bet that adds a little different taste to the salad.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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  11. cracking up over your Seinfeld reference! yummy! I love salad!

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  12. Love this salad! We are featuring it this week at Wonderful Food Wednesday. I hope you'll come back and link up some more wonderful food :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Kerrie!! It's always fun linking up with you ladies each week. Said like Arnold...I'll be back!!

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  13. That Elaine reference totally cracked me up! I'm a big fan of "big salads" in the summer - it's too hot to cook and I want something easy! :) Thanks for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends, Kim - I can't wait to see what you share this week!

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  14. So beautiful and colorful! What a great summer salad! Thank you for sharing at All Things Pretty!

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  15. Beautiful! And the pictures you take are exquisite! Thanks for sharing. Linda

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