Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Food Post - What's left in the Fridge Salad

This will be my last Monday Food Post for a while.  We're heading into a particularly busy time from now until the end of July, so I won't be looking for interesting recipes to try.  I will be grabbing whatever I have in the fridge.

We have been going through a hot and humid spell and I have not felt like fussing in the kitchen, more particularly turning the oven on. Even my crockpot is taking a break. 

For the salad you just put whatever variety of produce you want on your plate.  It is made for one person.  Of course you can add as much as you need for as many people you need to serve it to.  

I realize you probably have a favorite salad recipe but this is just a guideline for me really, if ever I forget this combination of ingredients suited to my own taste.

I used up whatever I had in the fridge.

3 ounces of roast chicken, cut into small pieces
1 thinly slice of lacey Swiss Cheese, torn into small pieces
1 medium tomato, chopped into large dice
2 tablespoons chopped mild onion
A few hulled strawberries, quartered if they are on the large side
A few blueberries
1 teaspoon Strawberry infused olive oil 
1 teaspoon fig infused balsamic vinegar 
A handful of Spring Greens or any kind of favorite lettuce

And of course you can mix it up by using whatever you have available.

After rinsing everything in a collander and drying off pretty thoroughly, place the ingredients on your plate and drizzle the olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the top.  That's it!

I have to thank my sister-in-law (Gregg's sister) who gave both Gregg and myself all different kinds of Extra Virgin Olive Oil for our joint birthday gift.  A box arrived one day, from a company called Lucero.  She knows we cook with EVOO and we couldn't have been happier receiving not only a delightful gift,  but a very thoughtful one. It introduced us to several different flavors of olive oil, which we had no idea of, such as this infused Strawberry and the fig infused balsamic vinegar which was also in the gift box. It made for a really tasty salad.  We have already enjoyed the Lime Extra Virgin Olive Oil and are slowly going through the Lemon.  It has been a wonderful culinary adventure trying out different flavors.  So, even though this was a basic, throw everything into it, kind of a salad, the olive oil and the vinegar made it extra delicious. 

I was thinking a few toasted (or not) walnuts would be nice with this, or sliced almonds.

I also made another the next day and put a sliced hard-boiled egg on the top.

It has been so warm lately salads will be on the menu a lot.  


  1. I'll save your recipes for when we have a hot day, which can't come soon enough for me. One thing about salads they always look so colourful and inviting. I like them with battered fish... oooh don't I just!

  2. Very healthy and very tasty, great combination!

  3. Good Morning, Denise! Your salad looks delicious. And perfect for a hot summer day. The EVOO gift box sounds nice. Have a happy day and new week ahead!

  4. i have never eaten fruit in a salad like this and now i think i should try it... we just eat what i call standard salad and not much of it. i must say that first salad has me drooling on my keyboard and your left overs look divine

  5. Thanks for the memories! I haven't done this is a long time. An older friend of ours once taught me this when I came to visit her. She said let's have one of my favorite meals of all time, and she grabbed a huge bowl and opened her refrigerator! It was delicious!

  6. Looks delicious, taste also to me =)

  7. Nothing like a refreshing salad on a very hot and humid day.

  8. Looks delicious! I keep forgetting those kinds of chickens can be used for other meals besides the obvious. ;)

  9. All those different EVOOs sound so good; I will have to look for those next time we visit the Whole Foods-type store (not in our immediate neighborhood here).... I make what I call 'Too Many Leftovers Soup' every once in a while; it always turns out tasting good, but your leftover salad looks much prettier!

  10. Your salads look absolutely divine. Interesting notes about the oil and vinegar.

  11. Yoou make even the most off-handed dish look yummy. I was about to ask where you got the infused I know, thanks.

  12. The salads look tantalizing and healthy.

  13. We do a big salad every night for our healthy eating agenda. I have been wanting a change and this looks perfect. Thank you! I did not know you could buy olive oil infused with fruit!

  14. Delicious tasting food ... you can't beat salads in the warmer summer months (although you can enjoy them any time of year). The colours and variety just make you want to eat it all up.

    Great food, and very interesting to read about the various oils.

    All the best Jan

  15. They are absolutely beautiful!! And a large one is a whole meal in itself! I will miss your recipes!

  16. Denise, this is such a gorgeous salad...and it looks like one I would love. :)

  17. very appealing!

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    ALOHA from Honolulu,

  18. The ingredients appeal to me, so I'm sure I'd enjoy this!

  19. Yum! I LOVE salads and these look really, really scrumptious! In fact, I had Wendy's Asian chicken salad today which we really enjoyed.