A salad is a meal. When you are lazy, broke and have a tiny kitchen, why not make the salad really big and add whatever you want? Then you don't have to bother with a main course. The only difference between a big and small salad is a few more chops of the knife.
With salads there are infinite possibilities, but for most salads I use certain core ingredients: lettuce, tomato, cucumber, avocado, croutons, and what I mix together for the dressing. Other favorites include onion, mango, nuts and cranberries or raisins. And of course you can add meat, such as bacon or chicken.
Croutons are just toast. Chop it up into small pieces and throw away the crumbs. Then let it sit at least ten minutes to stiffen up.
For the dressing, I use olive oil, vinegar, lime, salt and pepper. You can also add chili powder - use very little, just a spoonful or so. Mix olive oil and just a little vinegar in a shot glass. Squeeze in a lime or two. Then put a little salt on the avocado and sprinkle pepper everywhere. After that add Parmesan - either the cheap canned powdered stuff or, much better, grate it yourself.
A pimped-out salad is a filling, exciting meal. This recipe serves two - either you and your companion or you twice. There's never a reason to make a one-portion meal, especially if you are alone, because you can eat the leftovers - possibly for days.
Already you have a beautiful salad. To make it more beautiful, add:
MEAT, ETC: chicken, bacon, sausage or hard-boiled egg, all chopped into bite sized pieces or smaller.
FRUIT: Mango, strawberries, mandarin oranges, cranberries or raisins.
NUTS: If you fry them in honey, it will take your salad to another level.
Remember, as long as it tastes good, there’s no wrong way to make a salad.