In an effort to simplify and to quit being dependent on the lazy answer of SAD dressings (as I have resorted to in recent
4 - 6 cups red leaf lettuce and romaine, torn in small pieces
1/2 cup diced canned beets
3/4 cup black beans
1/3 cup red grapes, halved
1 green onion, chopped (or red onion would work, too!)
1 clove garlic, pressed or minced on top
1/3 - 1/2 oz. sliced or chopped nuts (I used pecan meal, lightly toasted)
Carefully toss all ingredients together and enjoy a 400-or-so-calorie giant and filling lunch.
Verdict: Excellent. And beautiful, too! I realized one of the things I miss from bottled dressings (or from the blended nut/seed ones) is a strong bite of garlic, and I thought I'd experiment with just putting pressed garlic on top to mix through the salad, and it worked beautifully. Garlic provides a deep, rich flavor and fullness to a salad.