After seeing me take an hour to make a salad for the Offbeat Home Cooking Challenge, my friend Lana sent me this email and recipe for a “bricolage salad.”
Megan, no salad should take an hour! Dude, this is THE BEST FUCKING SALAD ever, that we basically live off of every single day — sometimes three times a day: Bricolage salad!
I’m going to tell you what we do to make it, because it only takes 10 minutes.
Buy a big-ass container of spring green mix and buy some of those Always Fresh Containers. Those green containers will make your lettuce last like all freaking week.
Take a few handfuls of lettuce (or however much you think you’re gonna want) and put it in a salad spinner. (Totally fucking necessary.)
Rinse that shit and spin. Drain water.
Cut up whatever else you have around. I like maybe a celery stalk, orange bell pepper, cut some cherry tomatoes in half, throw in some blueberries. I like that sprouted tofu, if you’re gonna eat tofu, because I think soy is bad unless it’s sprouted.
Throw a handful of pre-sliced almonds on top, add some salt, pepper, and drizzle some olive oil on top, and squeeze a bit of lemon or lime for added flavor if you want.
My husband likes to put a few strawberries in his salad, too.
DONE. BOOM. Ten fuckin’ minutes, super healthy.
I mean, there’s no recipe or rules, it’s just throw whatever you’ve got in! It changes every time, that’s the beauty. It’s really just whatever you’ve got at home that is fresh and would be yummy! There is no right or wrong — unless your salad mix goes bad, then that’s wrong.
If you basically live off produce, like we do, those stupid little fake apple balls to keep things fresh really work!
FYI, you have to store the extra tofu in Tupperware submerged in water or it’ll go bad faster.
Oh, you can use flax oil too as the dressing, which is really good for you. This is the one we like with the high lignans.
And you can sprinkle some of this on top, but taste it first because it’s an acquired taste: nutritional yeast.
Making food with no rules is the best! Recipes totally screw me up and take too long. The best part about this salad is, the only thing you have to wash is the plate and fork — everything else just gets a quick rinse.