Salads

I have a secret to disclose to everyone: I don’t like salad!

I’ve been vegan for almost 12 years now and I have kept this secret until recently. There is an assumption that because someone is vegan that means they like salad. It is often used as the go-to food at a restaurant that has nothing else. “There’s nothing you can eat? Well, you can have a salad!” Blah!

This week I have tried having a salad for lunch a couple of times. One day I had a salad with quinoa, grape tomatoes, and baby greens with a ginger-sesame dressing. In theory it could be delicious because I love all of these items on their own or in small amounts in other foods. However, put them together in a bowl and give me a fork and I go “Yuck!” I ate the salad, of course, because I believe in: a) eating what you’ve taken, and b) you should eat something because it’s good for you.

To be completely honest, I have no idea what I don’t like about salads. Generally I don’t make a high-greens salad because I’m not a big fan of a whole bunch of greens at once. I try to make salads that have greens as a complimentary ingredient. Maybe I’ve just eaten so many salads in my years that I’m just sick of them. There was a time when I ate granola every day for a long time, including a solo bike tour I took. After that the thought of eating granola made my stomach turn, and it took a good 5 years of not eating granola before I could stomach it again. Even now I can’t eat it more than once or twice a week. It’s residual memories of over-consumption of granola.

Now, I should clarify that I WILL eat salad. If all other options have been exhausted and there is no other vegan choice, then I will eat salad. I’d rather eat stale crackers, dry toast, a brown banana, or bruised apple, but I’ll eat a salad if none of those disgusting foods are available. I have to tell you, though, that when someone says to me, “You can have a salad,” when we go anywhere I get really angry and kind of want to punch that person. And then tell them to eat a salad!

There is a positive point to this post, though. For a while now people have been posting links to the “Salad in a Jar” recipes and blog posts. It’s all the rage according to my mother. Of course, being a salad hater I scroll past those recipes and links. Then one of them caught my eye and I thought that maybe I could learn to like salad. It is a blog called Back to Her Roots and her post is called Salad in a Jar 101. The recipes of these salads look pretty freaking amazing. I think what I like the best is how many different ingredients are in them, not just vegetables, but lots of different foods! Also, she has great photos and a good way of explaining how to make them. I do plan to pull out some of my canning jars and see if I can make one or two of them. These salads might just work for me.

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