Yet another reason why filling up on this blog might be a mistake.
2. I don’t like vegetables in my salad
What??? I know, I’m not proud of it, but it’s true.
It’s not the leafy part that bothers me (as long as it’s not iceberg lettuce -- blek). Alliums, or anything in the onion, garlic, shallot category, are okay, too. Tomatoes, technically a fruit, can be tolerated under certain circumstances (see Reason #1). But carrots, cucumbers, broccoli, zucchini, peppers, or any other vegetable of the raw variety placed into a salad turns me off. Immediately. I don’t know why.
Actually, yes, I do. Because there are other much better things to include in a salad, like pears, strawberries, blueberries, dried cranberries, grapefruit. Or nuts. Or cheese. Or salty, fatty meats. Heavy doses of bacon and blue cheese are the only way I can eat iceberg lettuce, since they balance out its watery blandness. These kinds of salad fixin’s really sing. Carrots in a salad are a little bit tone deaf. Cucumbers are just plain mute.
Maybe, it’s a factor of where I live. We don’t have cauliflower in six different colors and flavors. Our vegetables don’t look like this. Still, we do have farms. Sometimes, the farms even come to us. And the vegetables seem pretty good. Maybe not California good, but pretty darned good. As long as they’re cooked. And off my salad.