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A Chef Salad in Stripes

with Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing

A Chef Salad in Stripes

I ran across a beautiful vegan cobb salad the other day and it made me think: why don’t I ever do a salad in stripes? My salads are always so random and scattered … couldn’t we try a nice organized salad for a change? Something in nice straight lines.

As a child, I remember looking at a cobb salad on the menu and thinking: why would anyone bother to go to all that trouble of arranging all that stuff in straight lines … you’re just going to mix it all up together when you eat it, right? So what’s the point?

Well, I don’t suppose there really is a point. Maybe it’s just a different way of looking at salad. I mean, a stripey salad can be horizontal.

A Chef Salad in Stripes

Or it can be vertical:

A Chef Salad in Stripes

Putting it all in nice straight lines makes it look all grown-up and sophisticated. I think I finally get it … it’s a grown-up way to play with your food.

A Chef Salad in Stripes

Make a nice bed of spinach for your salad. Add a line of each of the other ingredients in nice, straight lines. Try not to curse the spinach for not being nice and flat. That’s the challenge of this salad, making straight lines despite the random ups and downs of the spinach. Hmm, kind of like life …

A Chef Salad in Stripes

I think my favorite way to look at this salad is to tilt it a bit and make it diagonal. And then mix it all up into a big mess, drizzle with Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing … and eat it.

This recipe was shared at Totally Tasty Tuesdays and Newlyweds Recipe Linky.

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5 responses

  1. I like it! I love the look of a layered salad, right before I toss it together. This totally makes me grin as well.

    April 23, 2012 at 9:14 am

  2. I understand exactly what Mary means about a layered salad… they’re always so beautiful I (almost) hate to dig in! Great salad, Ann, great ingredients, great photography… :)

    April 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm

  3. This is so pretty! And I am sure a perfect match with the Avocado Ranch Dressing!

    April 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm

  4. Beautiful salad! found you by way of Mandy’s recipe box. Have a great week!

    Amber

    April 24, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    • Ann

      Thank you Amber! I’m so glad you found me :)

      April 24, 2012 at 8:08 pm

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