Hi everyone! I’m Anne. I’m a native Bostonian transplanted in a suburb of Washington, D.C. I previously wrote a blog called From My Sweet Heart which showcased my love of baking.
But guess what happened? I developed diabetes. And I had to shift my way of thinking about food. My new favorite saying is ‘Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path.’ And this storm changed my health for the better.
So why did I begin A Salad For All Seasons? Very simply, I wanted to feel better. I wanted to eat healthier. And I wanted the seasons to inspire what I eat. I’m not a vegetarian, but I love vegetables. And I especially love salad. I don’t view salad as ‘diet food’ at all. I see it as a great way to celebrate all the amazing fruits and vegetables each season has to offer.
Growing up, a salad on our table consisted of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers doused with your favorite bottle of dressing. Needless to say, I wasn’t a huge fan of salad as a kid. As an adult, I realize that a salad can be so much more.
Here you will certainly find some very classic salads. But I also hope to stretch the definition a bit. To me a salad can be hot or cold; raw, cooked or wilted. It may contain fruits, vegetables, pasta, grains and protein. It might be fully dressed or practically naked. I’m just as happy eating a simple bowl of greens as I am my entire garden tossed on a plate. And a salad can even take a departure from the bowl. Maybe you’ll find it sandwiched, stacked, wrapped or skewered! Simple or complex. One ingredient or a dozen.
What are the keys to a great salad?
- Always use the BEST ingredients. Use what’s fresh and what’s in season.
- Let your dressing be the star. Whip up a good home made dressing each week. This will make the simplest greens feel special.
- Take the same care in building your salad that you would when cooking a meal.
Each month I’ll be posting some easy and creative salad ideas, a variety of home made dressings, and extra ways to make your salad special. You may also find an occasional seasonal simple supper or fruit centric dessert.
So I hope to offer you some healthy inspiration and some fantastic recipes that will leave you happy to be eating your fruits & veggies all year round!