The purpose of saladeveryday.com is to inspire and help others create great salads using fresh, accessible ingredients and quick, simple recipes.
I love salad because:
1. It tastes good
2. It’s healthy
3. It’s easy
4. It’s cheap
You don’t have to be a skilled chef to create an amazing salad, but you do need two things:
Fresh ingredients are easy enough to find, especially during the summer when farmers markets and produce stands are well stocked with just-picked choices. But homemade dressing can seem a hassle, making bottled dressing very tempting.
The reality of bottled dressings is that they are produced to appeal to the median consumer with median expectations and median taste buds. If you are reading this blog, that’s probably not you.
Homemade dressing it what makes a good salad great. It’s economical and easy to make. To learn about an easy approach to homemade dressing, click on Salad Tips in the menu at the top of this page.
“What’s in this salad dressing?”
Over the past couple of years, during numerous dinner conversations, my daughter, Lani, and her friend, Shayda, both in their early twenties, repeatedly posed that question. They wanted to know the exact ingredients in the exact proportions so that they could repeat the recipes in their own kitchens.
I would put down my fork and try to recall what I threw into the blender. The answer would go something like this:
“A vinaigrette I made a few days ago, plus a little lemon juice, a chunk of brie cheese, and some fresh herbs.”
“What was in the vinaigrette?” They would want to know.
“Oil, vinegar, mustard… or, did I put mustard in that vinaigrette?” I made it days ago, so I could never really remember. “No, I was out of mustard, so I think I threw in some wasabi paste instead. And shallots. No, garlic. No, shallots.”
They would shake their heads. “Please, mother,” Lani would say. She calls me mother when she means business. “Write down your salad dressing recipes.” And, they suggested, use the recipes to launch a salad blog. I promised I would.
So now, I have Lani and Shayda to thank for pushing me into creating SaladEveryDay.
Thanks also to my mother, Piilani Cook, a watercolor painter, and the talent behind SaladEveryDay’s jewel tone banner. Her Hawaiian heritage combined with a fondness for Julia Child and an obsession with all things “yummy,” had her dishing out amazing fusion dishes back when the word fusion referred to colliding atoms and had nothing to do with food. To say that she’s been an inspiration is an understatement. More of her artwork can be seen at http://piilanicook.com
Thanks also to George and Olga Banis and their company, 47 LEADS. Their technical knowledge, creative talent and constant support have been instrumental in the development of this blog. If you are in need of website or other social media consulting, I highly recommend George and Olga, who can be reached via http://47leads.com
The photos posted on SaladEveryDay are original, and the vast majority were shot by me, which is why they’re not great – I’m a total novice. If you do come across an amazing photo here, it is probably by Leise Jones, a professional photographer whose portfolio can be viewed at http://leisejones.com/#home