Today’s Special

If you get that reference, raise your hand.

If you don’t, I don’t want to hear it. You’ll either make me feel old or I’ll have to judge you on not taking full advantage of the glorious television offerings of the mid 80’s.

Gotta love that creepy department store magic.

It’s like a kid’s version of the movie Mannequin.

Which makes me wonder, what was the obsession with mannequins during the 80’s? I mean, it’s not like they were a new invention or anything. And department stores had been around for over a century.


Wow, this post went off the rails quickly.

I’m actually here to tell you about a salad.

Notably, the salad that I’ve been packing for lunch this week.  I tend to go through phases with my lunches (I think it has something to do with a) having ingredients on hand and b) not having the mental capacity for creativity before I’ve had my morning coffee), and this is the latest iteration of my salad staple.

Baby romaine – corn – cannelini beans – edamame – red onion – sharp cheddar – carrot – Russian dressing.

There’s something that I’ve learned. I love raw red onion in my salads. This does nothing for making me friends after I’ve eaten, but it’s kind of worth it.

I only use about a tablespoon or so of very finely chopped onion so that it’s more of a “scent” than an overwhelming flavor component. It adds a nice layer.

Also in this mix is about 2 cups of baby romaine from a bag. I’m a sucker for prepped greens. It’s one of the few convenience items that I regularly purchase.

Carrots I buy whole. I don’t actually enjoy baby carrots or pre-shredded. And don’t get me started on pre-shredded cheese.

I’m weird, I realize this.

That’s to say, I grated up a whole carrot and about 1/2 an ounce of sharp cheddar for this salad.  If the cheddar isn’t sharp, I’m not that interested.

I also shelled my own edamame. (Insane, I know)

The corn was frozen, though. I didn’t go doing anything crazy like cutting it off a cob or anything.

That would just be too much. I wouldn’t want to overachieve here or anything.

Now, I’m a sucker for creamy dressings. I feel so strongly about the subject that I’m actually fairly certain that I’ve mentioned it on the blog before.

This one is a simple combo of 1/2 tablespoon mayo, 1 tablespoon light sour cream, 1 teaspoon of ketchup, a splash of milk (to thin it) and a pinch of salt.

Homemade light Russian dressing! (This serving is about 75 calories. Doable.)

All told, this salad stacks up to about 325 calories.  With a small side, it’s pretty filling. And delicious.

But I’m sure I’ll be sick of it next week.

Maybe I should have stuck with talking about 80’s kids’ TV.

13 thoughts on “Today’s Special

  1. Impressive…you can make dressing? That just seems…overwhelming to me. Not sure why? Again, impressive.

    Have a great weekend my friend. Would love to chat about 80’s TV! Was a good time in my life. 🙂

  2. Mannequins kinda freak me out. I don’t know why – I realize it’s irrational.

    I love Russian dressing. And a homemade lite version? Yes, please. Why don’t you just start packing a salad for lunch for me, too? Hold the onion, though…

  3. I loved that show. It’s a shame kids today are missing out on such quality programming. I feel bad for them.

    I require red onion in my salads. I slice them really super thin, and they just make it better. Who needs new friends anyway right? 🙂

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