Our house only has A/C in the bedroom, and once the hot weather hits, I'm loathe to heat up the kitchen any more than I have to.
Verbena, I never considered myself much of a salad eater either, until I threw away the rules and got creative with them. Salad, IMO, doesn't even have to have lettuce. Here are some ideas I like (and I'm listing them to remind myself as much as to share with others
- "bowl" salad - any veggies I have kicking around, chop 'em, throw them in a bowl, add a protein and whatever dressing. Tomato and mushrooms are a common base for this one for me.
- Cauli/broccoli salad - for dinner the night before, cook enough for leftovers. Faux potato salad out of the cauli is nice, but you can do lots of variations. I like cauli/broccoli with a bit of chopped onion, three cheese ranch dressing, bacon, and cheese.
- Cole slaw or broccoli slaw makes a nice salad base whether you want classic cole slaw or something different. Any dressing works.
- Shirataki noodles + spiralized cucumber + spiralized carrot + an Asian dressing makes a nice glass noodle salad.
For simplicity's sake, I'm going to consider veggies and dip a 'salad'. That's something quick I can grab at work. It's exactly what it sounds like - celery, broccoli, cauliflower and cherry tomatoes; the dressing comes in a cup on the side.