Day 2: Four Weeks of Salad as a Meal Challenge

The Salad as a Meal Challenge continues with our nine bloggers, who continue to whip up a wide variety of Patricia Wells’ salad creations, while learning about new tricks, ingredients, and flavors in the process. Here’s a peek inside our bloggers’ kitchens this past week, and you can follow the SAAM challenge list on Twitter to keep up-to-date on all the cooking action.

Meg Zimbeck, who admits that she is not a healthy eater (don’t worry Meg, we all have our moments!), expressed her relief when she read Patricia’s definition of a salad, which states that salad as a meal does not need to include lettuce or greens. Meg and a few friends, whom she called her “salad support group,” whipped up Patricia’s Zucchini Carpaccio with Avocado, Pistachios, and Pistachio Oil. 

Shelby at Diabetic Foodie discovered Patricia’s recipe for egg crepes, which, unlike the typical flour crepes, are diabetic friendly while still being delicious. She also made the Asian Chicken Salad with Asparagus and Sesame, and talks about her favorite salad-making technique she has picked up so far.

Over at Marche Dimanche, Hillary tempts us with some mouthwatering photos of Patricia’s Poached Turkey Breast Salad with Lemon, Capers, Cornichons and Mint. According to Hillary, if you want your home to smell amazing, then this is the recipe to make!

Beth at Dining and Dishing used some willpower to spend a night at home instead of the usual night on the town, putting her energy toward the first step in preparing home-made hummus– Home Cooked Chickpeas. We are proud of you, Beth! ; )

All Things Lovely blogger Shawnie chose to make the Vietnamese Chicken and Green Papaya Salad for the eye-catching colors in the recipe photo, and although she was forced to use a couple of substitutions, this was her favorite salad yet. We have to agree with her– it looks delicious!

Athena of Finance Foodie admits to her usual dislike of salads, but after flipping through the tasty-looking recipes, was inspired to join the challenge…and look who’s eating salad now! 

BLOGGER SPOTLIGHT: Rella Kaplowitz of Penny Pinching Epicure
Rella Kaplowitz started Penny Pinching Epicure in September 2009 to show that you can make gourmet, delicious food, even on a tight food budget. Rella utilizes lots of fresh vegetables and proteins in her recipes because she is both gluten-free and dairy-free. In her spare time, Rella loves to listen to music, read, dabble in graphic design, and she sometimes eats cereal and milk for dinner (but don’t tell her mom). Rella resides in Washington, DC. You can follow Rella on Twitter @RellaBellaK, and read her post on Salad from the Pantry: Pickled Garlic.

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