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.

6 comments:

  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.

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

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  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 ;)

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  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!

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