Intro to Cooking: Pizza Salad
Sometimes, we all get a pizza craving. For me, it usually strikes at the worst time; I’ve spent all day eating healthy, being good, working out. And then, suddenly, the intense impulse to eat an entire pizza by myself hits. It just seems too easy. It’s just pizza! I can get it delivered to my door! Oh, and breadsticks, because I love breadsticks.
But at the end of the day, eating a day’s worth of calories and carbs isn’t a good choice. But how do I get rid of that pizza craving? You know, the desire for pepperoni, cheese and sauce? How on earth do I shake that? Through trial and error, I found the solution. And it includes three of my favorite salad greens ever: spinach, arugula and romaine. You’ll get tons of nutrients, including iron, along with some major flavor. Combined with tomatoes (full of lycopene, one of the best minerals out there), mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and tons of other yummy ingredients, your pizza craving will fade to only a memory and you won’t be left feeling guilty for eating two days’ worth of food while watching Law and Order: SVU.
- about 1 cup of spinach
- about 1 cup of romaine
- about 1/2 cup of arugula
- 1 tomato, sliced (or cut into wedges, or diced — however you like your tomatoes!)
- about 4 slices of dry Italian salami
- 1 handful of basil
- about 1/2 cup of mini-mozzarella balls
- about 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
- salt and pepper to taste
How to make it:
In a bowl, whisk together the minced garlic and olive oil, plus a little bit of salt and pepper. Set aside.
In a large salad bowl, combine the spinach, arugula and romaine lettuce. Add the tomatoes and mozzarella. On a cutting board, dice your slices of salami into bite-sized pieces. Also, roll up the basil leaves into a little bunch and dice. Combine with the salad and toss. Add the olive oil and garlic and toss until well combined. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a slice of Italian bread!
Note: This recipe makes one large salad. If you’re really hungry, you can eat the whole thing. If you’re not, you can probably share it.
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