Livin’ On Salad

February 10, 2009

I think this is lunch #3 in a row featuring a big salad – and I know I’ll be having another one tomorrow! I could probably have a big salad everyday for the rest of my life and be happy – I love big bowls of tons of different flavors (and I’m sure I didn’t need to remind you of that :) )

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I took my Psych test this morning, which left me just about 45 minutes to exercise before I had to shower and get moving to lunch. So I decided to just hit the pavement for a quick run instead of going the gym. Suited me fine since it’s another warm day! I did about 4.5 miles to a nearby neighborhood and back. I was showered, dressed, makeuped with dry hair in about 20 minutes and decided I’d better have something in my stomach since I had an hour until I was actually meeting my friend for lunch (I had to make a stop at another friend’s house for a textbook first, and the drive was about 20 minutes). So I had some trail mix – and a second handful of blueberries!

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Look what tempted me on the way there! I followed this truck the whole way :cool: The One and Only!

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I met Brittany for lunch at Salad Creations, which I had never been to before. It was kind of like Subway for salads. You go through a line and tell them what toppings you want and design your own salad. My kinda place! They had 40 toppings and I think I got one of each (minus onions!)

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Here’s what mine had (thankfully he only gave me a small amount of each, so it really wasn’t as much as it seems)

  • Romaine + Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Black Olives
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Chickpeas (~1/4 cup?)
  • Corn
  • Peas
  • Cucumbers
  • Gorgonzola
  • Green Bell Peppers
  • Hard-Boiled Egg (1 whole)
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Mushrooms
  • Raisins (~ tbsp?)
  • Sliced Almonds (~1 tbsp?)
  • Tomatoes
  • Creamy Cucumber Wasabi dressing, on the side (I had about 2 tsp?)

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I ate The.Whole.Thing. :mrgreen: I think I impressed Brittany! Actually, I wasn’t even that full. But I was perfectly satisfied.

It was SO TEMPTING to go shopping after lunch. We were in a shopping center with all kinds of fun stores – include Bath & Body Works and Homegoods. But I resisted, knowing I have lots of studying to do :( My wallet is very happy at the moment.

I’m sipping a POM spritzer now and am about to stick my nose in some textbooks. Perhaps on the patio!

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1 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) February 10, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Hi KATH!! how do you incorporate those whole grains in lunch? i remember you telling us you loved big salads but at times you felt like an empty pit due to lack of some whole grain fiber. What gives?

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2 Kath February 10, 2009 at 3:10 pm

seelee live (for the love of peanut butter),
Depends on the day. Yesterday I had kashi crackers with my salad, the day before just salad. I’m planning to have grains or dairy for a snack.

Kath

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3 Oh She Glows February 10, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Good for you for resisting the shopping mall! It is so hard to do.
The hardest part is not stepping a foot in there and then the rest is downhill, right?

Yummy looking salad as always…I didn’t know you liked big salads….tee hee jk! ;)

Angela

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4 brandi February 10, 2009 at 3:26 pm

have fun studying!!!

I love big salads, too, but I always seem to need lots of protein for it to hold me over well.

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5 Rose February 10, 2009 at 3:26 pm

The weather looks beautiful where you are. What I wouldn’t give to swap afternoons – honestly!

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6 fitforfree February 10, 2009 at 3:27 pm

yum! I go crazy at make-your-own salad bars like that…

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7 Michele February 10, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Salad Creations sounds like my kind of place, too!

I had a huge salad today similar to your Rainbow Brite salad yesterday–mine had different greens, carrots, celery, beets and salmon salad and boiled egg and a few croutons on top. Yum-O! :-)

I personally can’t wait for fresh garden veggies!

*smiles*
Michele

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8 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday February 10, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Awesome salad!!!!

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9 Marissa February 10, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Love the weather and salad!!

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10 Rachel February 10, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Man oh man, I wish we had a place like that where I live! My salad buffet is usually my fridge, ha…… hold on! I just checked the map and it looks like there’s one coming soon to my area. Wahoo!

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11 Danielle February 10, 2009 at 3:32 pm

I love places like that where you make a big salad with whatever you want in it.
Have a good time studying, and great job resisting the shopping, that’s a hard one for me to avoid.

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12 Katie February 10, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Salad bars are so much fun! Great job resisting the urge to shop.

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13 Fancy February 10, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Hi Kath!
You mentioned in the last set of comments that you are aspiring to open your own business one day—so exciting! Can you share with us what kind of business?

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14 Jess. February 10, 2009 at 3:36 pm

yum! i love a big salad and have been seriously slacking in that department- i tend to eat a lot of soup in cold months and salad in warm months :)

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15 K February 10, 2009 at 3:37 pm

I could eat a big bowl of salad everyday and be just as happy :)

Plus, to me salads = summer!

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16 Kath February 10, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Fancy ,
I don’t know yet!! But obviously nutrition and cooking based.

K

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17 Helen's Journey February 10, 2009 at 3:40 pm

I too am a salad lover. Come Summer I will probably have one every day. Sitting on the patio, what a great place to study. Makes me wish for Summer. Long way to go yet.

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18 The Duo Dishes February 10, 2009 at 3:43 pm

That bowl looks huge-o. Much, much salad.

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19 Heather McD (heather eats almond butter) February 10, 2009 at 3:44 pm

What a great concept for a restaurant. Good luck with all the studies.

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20 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 10, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Sounds like a cool lunch place!

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21 Kathy February 10, 2009 at 4:04 pm

I love your site and am always inspired both by your food and your ability to manage your busy schedule! I too could eat salads every day. And I find I stay full longer when I add beans, nuts, or cooked bulgar wheat (like boxed tabouli).

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22 Joy February 10, 2009 at 4:06 pm

yum! i wish i could get more “into” salads. i think if i just started eat them i would aquire more of a taste and start to enjoy them more.

and wow, i can never resist homegoods!!

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23 Weekly Bite February 10, 2009 at 4:07 pm

I LOVE salad buffets!! Your salad combo looks great! Good luck with studying!

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24 zestycook February 10, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Great looking Salad Kath!!! Good luck hitting the books

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25 Ava February 10, 2009 at 4:28 pm

I loveee salad creations!! I love the wild alaskan salmon salad or the hail chopsticks or whatever its called..yummm

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26 Kati February 10, 2009 at 4:51 pm

20 minutes- you’re speedy at getting ready! i think i need to work on that…

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27 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) February 10, 2009 at 4:52 pm

i love that they served you the salad in a giant serving bowl!

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28 Shelby February 10, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Now I’m craving a salad!

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29 Missy (Missy Maintains) February 10, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I love those places where you can add in 50 toppings! So good!

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30 Kara February 10, 2009 at 5:30 pm

what psyc class are you taking? sorry if you’ve said before. i think it’s ironic because you’re doing nutrition and taking psyc classes and i’m a psyc major taking health classes (community health minor). it’s flip-flopped :)

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31 Bec February 10, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Love the salad it looks yummy!

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32 megan February 10, 2009 at 6:31 pm

That salad sounds great! I would definitely have been hungry after though without some bread or crackers. I love all your toppings on it though, and I love that you add and add and add :)
Have a great evening!

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33 Kailey (SnackFace) February 10, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Huge. major. salad. Looks sooo good! Ooh, enjoy the afternoon of studying/reading on the patio- sounds lovely!

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34 Sarah (lovINmytummy) February 10, 2009 at 6:44 pm

That is like an actual salad bowl. I think I just need to start eating out of the serving bowl too!

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35 Laurel February 10, 2009 at 6:46 pm

I’ve been inspired to eat more veggies lately because of you, Kath!

I can’t recall if you’ve mentioned it, but what kind of water bottle do you have and where did you get it? Thanks

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36 Aggie February 10, 2009 at 7:03 pm

I love your salad!! And would love to have a restaurant like that around.
I had to laugh at your temptation pic…love me some Newcastle! ;)

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37 Kath February 10, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Kathy ,
Thank you and welcome!

Kara ,
Developmental Psych. I like psych!

Laurel ,
Sigg and Amazon!! You can find them at my Amazon store for the style, etc.

Kath

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38 Sharon February 10, 2009 at 7:18 pm

I LOVE THE MASSIVE SALAD!

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39 Ashley H February 10, 2009 at 10:19 pm

I agree that everything should be served in bowl form with lots of different flavors!! That is the only way to eat!

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40 Caroline February 11, 2009 at 12:28 am

I love those design your own salad places! I wish there were more of them around the Durham area. Oh, and I totally would have eaten the whole thing too!

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41 Lauren February 11, 2009 at 8:14 am

40 toppings to choose from?! Awesome.

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42 Tatiana February 11, 2009 at 8:30 am

I love salad creations and my favorite dressing is the Wasbi dressing.

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43 Diana (Soap & Chocolate) February 11, 2009 at 10:32 am

Holy Moley what a great salad. I am jealous of your being able to eat outside right now! Though it is unseasonably warm here in NYC. You would like Chop’t, which is a custom salad place here. I think it’s a chain – maybe there’s one near you?

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44 Recipes for Toasters June 11, 2009 at 12:43 pm

Yummy,yummy,yummy,simply mouth-watering stuff!
I can smell it right here!
I guess I can’t do anything else until I can get this delicacy to treat and mesmerize my senses. And that’s going to be right now.
Wonderful recipe! Great post!

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