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ATG's Lazy Chef: Mixed Green Salad
When it comes to fixing something fresh and healthy it hardly gets easier than a salad. Fortunately, salads are also very easy to modify without jacking up the flavor, so vegetarians and carnivores can both get what they want without anyone feeling slighted. Add or take away an item here and there and it can be a light side or the main lunch dish.
<strong>The Basic Tools</strong>
Here's what you're gonna need to make and assemble this salad:
<li><a href="http://www.atgstores.com/search/chef%27s-knife.html" target="_blank">Chef's knife</a> (or other cutting tool)</li>
<li><a href="http://www.atgstores.com/cutting-boards_2294.html?linkloc=newSearchRedirect" target="_blank">Cutting board</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.atgstores.com/search/salad-bowl.html" target="_blank">Salad bowl</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.atgstores.com/search/salad-tongs.html" target="_blank">Salad tongs</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.atgstores.com/search/pepper-grinder.html" target="_blank">Pepper grinder</a> (or shaker)</li>
<strong>The Ingredients </strong>
<li>12 cups fresh mixed greens (red- and green-leafed lettuces, arugula, spinach and watercress)</li>
<li>1 cup parsley leaves</li>
<li>1 tomato, sliced</li>
<li>1/2 cup dried cranberries</li>
<li>1/4 cup sharp cheddar, cubed</li>
<li>1 hard-boiled egg, chopped</li>
<li>4 strips bacon, cooked and diced</li>
<li>5 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil</li>
<li>2 Tsp. lemon juice</li>
<li>Coarse salt to taste</li>
<li>Fresh-ground pepper to taste</li>
Boil the egg and relieve it of its shell. Cook the bacon in a pan until somewhat crisp, then place on a paper towel to remove excess grease. Chop/dice egg, bacon and cheese into small pieces. Throw them in the salad bowl with the other ingredients and toss the whole lot with salad tongs.
That's it. Those not eating meat or dairy may want to jazz up the mixture with button mushrooms, croutons, more dried fruit or a few nuts.
Happy dining, and check back soon for more recipes from the Lazy Chef at <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a>.