A few things are contributing to our increased consumption of salads:
Temps are already reaching triple digits here in OK, and after melting at the soccer field for 2 hours I just don't have the energy for much else.
My absolute love and adoration for all things green, grown in the ground and crunchy.
The amount of produce that I am being given from family and friends who's gardens are growing more than they can eat.
No matter the reason, salads are just a fun and simple way of making sure that in the summer when your family is tired after a long day that you are still gathering around the table to eat with each other. When I served the salad above, I got a few grumbles though. A few is that all we're going to eats. Even though it included no less than 7 vegetables, cheese and sauteed chicken. Please forgive the inclusion of Ranch dressing. I grew up eating it, my kids eat it and I try to tell myself if there are more vegetables than Ranch it's still got to be a little healthy right?
It all worked out - everyone walked away full and happy from the table together like it was meant to be.
Just in case you were looking for a recipe or two, here's a great collection of salads that we've done over the last year:
What's your favorite salad to serve for supper?