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.
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.
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/or 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.
But I hope to offer you far more than salad. I think biting into a piece of fruit or produce that’s in the peak of season tastes just as amazing as biting into a piece of chocolate cake. I now truly enjoy shopping at my local grocery store and visiting orchards and farm markets just to see the ever changing variety of ingredients I have to work with.
And while you’ll find plenty of salads here, you’ll also find “Other Good Stuff”. These are recipes that may range from ways to supplement your salad to making a salad a meal. Or it may be a recipe that highlights a particular fruit or vegetable. And I’ll even be making dessert! Mostly I like simple, fruit based desserts. But who knows? Chocolate may even appear from time to time!
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!