The McVeggie Salad Experience.
Back in the day when meat and I shared a one-sided relationship, the “Cobb Salad” was my salad of choice. Enter tons of balsamic vinagrette and other toppings that I’m sure you’ll all too familiar with but would also rather not recall. Those days disappeared long ago, but my attempts at recreating an indulgent TGI-Fridays style salad have remained. We can all agree that a salad feels best when it leaves you feeling light and refreshed – but there are those salads that beckon you with their come hither dressing which you can’t say no to all the time.
How fortuitous that Fresh Express would challenge bloggers to use their salad mixes to pull together a creative recipe – when I had a recipe I have been dying to share (*as part of the FoodBuzz Tastemakers Program, I received coupons for Fresh Express Salads). Does this recipe contain processed vegan foods? Yes. Is it delicious once in awhile? Absolutely.
Enter: The McVeggie Salad
- 1 bag of Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine (my salad green of choice always)
- 1/2 cup sliced grape tomatoes
- 1/2 ripe avocado sliced
- 2 pieces of Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders (cooked, chopped)
- 2 pieces of LightLife Smart Bacon (cooked, chopped)
- 2 Tbsp. Brianna’s Dijon Honey Mustard
I really, really love this salad. Once you step off an elitist soapbox you may be carrying around (not pointing fingers, just saying!), you’ll probably like this salad in all it’s creamy, crunchy, crispy glory. You may even trick some of your omni friends into loving it too. It’s that tastilicious that I’ve run home craving it and thanking the heavens that this meal is so quick and down and dirty to throw together. And thanking the Fresh Express gods over there who shared the mecca of coupons with me.
And guess what? GIVEAWAY TIME.
The kind folks at both FoodBuzz and Fresh Express hooked me up with a ton of coupons to explore their many salad bags – which happen to come in handy when you work until 7:30 most nights and are too hungry to start rinsing and chopping away at salad. POINT IS, if you are interested – leave a comment with your favorite salad and I’ll be happy to mail you FOUR COUPONS for a free salad bag or kit.
What’s your favorite way to indulge in a salad? You have until Friday, October 22nd to comment! Winner to be chosen at random!