Why I Am Posting These Recipes

I believe that it is healthier for an individual and for the planet to reduce the consumption of animal products in the human diet. However, I love to eat all kinds of delicious food, and find it really, really difficult to go totally vegetarian. Also, my family protests if I serve too many vegetarian meals in a row. So I am committed to making an effort to move towards a vegetarian diet without wholly doing so. I will post recipes several times a week that represent my philosophy of eating well, eating healthy, eating local. Most recipes will be easy to prepare, as I have a busy life. So I expect my followers to be people who love to cook and eat well, want to try to help the planet through their eating (by eating local foods and trying to reduce the use of meat in our diets), and have many other things to do each day besides cook.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Green Salad with Runny Yolk Eggs, Avocado, and Lemon Dill Vinaigrette

That lemon dill vinaigrette from my last post was so good, I figured it would be tasty with other combinations of things.  Yesterday, I saw something that Ina Garten (aka Barefoot Contessa) posted on Instagram that inspired me.  She posted avocado toast with runny eggs, and it looked super delicious.  Seems like avocado and eggs might be a nice combination, and I knew they would both be fantastic with my lemon dill vinaigrette.  So I built on that idea, deciding to try a green salad this time, with arugula and Boston lettuce, and added some veggies I had in the fridge: shredded carrots, diced sweet peppers, diced cucumber, frozen shelled edamame that had been defrosted. I layered them all, including of course the soft boiled eggs and avocado, and then threw on a handful of sweet cherry tomatoes, and drizzled that vinaigrette over everything.  Yum! A very satisfying lunch! Build a separate salad for each person in individual bowls.

For each individual salad:

handful each of arugula and Boston or Bibb lettuce
2 eggs, steamed for 9 minutes as instructed in my last post, peeled and halved lengthwise
a few spoonfuls of shelled edamame
a spoonful of diced red and green peppers
a spoonful of diced cucumber
half an avocado, diced
some shredded carrots (I use a vegetable peeler to peel away strips of carrot from a whole carrot)
handful of cherry tomatoes
Drizzle lemon dill vinaigrette (see my last post for the recipe) over all

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