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 😎 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?


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.



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! 😉



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.


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!


6 fitforfree February 10, 2009 at 3:27 pm

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


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!



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

Awesome salad!!!!


9 Marissa February 10, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Love the weather and salad!!


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!


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.


12 Katie February 10, 2009 at 3:33 pm

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


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?


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 :)


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!


16 Kath February 10, 2009 at 3:38 pm

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



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.


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

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


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.


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

Sounds like a cool lunch place!


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).


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!!


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

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


24 zestycook February 10, 2009 at 4:15 pm

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


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


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…


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!


28 Shelby February 10, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Now I’m craving a salad!


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

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


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 :)


31 Bec February 10, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Love the salad it looks yummy!


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!


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!


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!


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


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! 😉


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.



38 Sharon February 10, 2009 at 7:18 pm



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!


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!


41 Lauren February 11, 2009 at 8:14 am

40 toppings to choose from?! Awesome.


42 Tatiana February 11, 2009 at 8:30 am

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


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?


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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