Skinny Bitch Salad

I re-read Skinny Bitch this week. BIG MISTAKE.

Once again, I swore off my beloved vices: coffee, Dr. Pepper and white wine. After a mind-melting headache that lasted four days, I am feeling clean and clear (and maybe a little cranky.)

But now I have to figure out the food. If I can’t cook with bacon and brown sugar, what do I eat? In a state of utter confusion, I walked into the grocery store and grabbed every crunchy thing in the produce section. By God! I can eat like a skinny bitch!

While I assembled the crunchy-salad-of-goodness, my sister and the man turned up their noses at every ingredient: “I don’t really like fennel” “Can you leave the jicama out of mine?” “Do sprouts even have any flavor?” But they ate it … They liked it … They thanked me for saving them from imminent heart disease.

Here is the cast of characters:

Arugula: peppery leaves rich in Vitamin C and Potassium
Jicama: sweet and crunchy and high in dietary fiber
Sprouts: crunchy and rich in Vitamins A, E, C and B complex which all aid digestion
Fennel: licorice (anise) flavor that is supposedly good for whatever ails you
Red Onions: sweet onion rich in flavonoids which are said to fight allergies and cancer
Walnuts: delicious and woody and said to strengthen kidneys, back and knees
Pear: Sweet and juicy and high in dietary fiber

Assemble ingredients and drizzle with olive oil, a tiny bit of balsamic vinegar and a dash of salt.


  1. I should be eating more like this, but it's hard to resist the cookies at this time of year. Maybe after Jan. 1, I'll start anew with this salad.

  2. Truth be told, I'm still eating plenty of cookies . . . Don't tell the skinny bitches.

  3. This looks great. I love using olive oil instead of dressing, even vinegarette. I just love the simplicity of it, and I get to taste all the different components. What's the point of putting apples and walnuts and other yummies in a salad if all you can taste is the dressing right?

    oh, and there's no way i can do this as a meal. i need a big fatty carb-rich dish on the side to take salad down in any form ;)

  4. looks yummy to me! but it is awfully fun to cook with bacon and drink coffee as well - it will forever be our internal battle!