It used to be that when I thought of salad, images of iceberg lettuce would dance through my head. Or maybe Romaine, or mixed greens, or even spinach. The point is, there had to be leafy greens in the bowl for it to be considered a salad in my book.
Then I married my husband, and a whole new world of salads was opened to me. Partially because I invested in, or was given as gifts, some great cookbooks, and partially because my husband comes from a different cultural background (Ukrainian), I found out that salad doesn’t require lettuce. It doesn’t! There are whole pages of salad recipes that don’t require a single leafy green! They are composed of just plain vegetables! My mother-in-law makes yummy salads that are completely leaf-free!
This was a revelation to me, plus great news, because sometimes I just don’t feel like checking lettuce for bugs, and have had my experiences with bagged lettuce.
Here is a recipe for a yummy, fresh, leaf-free, quick salad. These are more or less my go-to ingredients for a salad. If there had been a cucumber available, I would’ve thrown it in as well.
one pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 green pepper, diced
a dozen or so olives, halved