As much as I try to eat in and pack lunch to save, I just wasn't in the mood for cooking Friday night. Instead I treated myself to takeout, and I'm glad I did because I ordered the most delicious salad that I just had to recreate for myself---or at least tried to. The original salad came with cubes of butternut squash, which I took out because the flavor combination didn't work for me. Other than that all the other ingredients worked really well together. Unfortunately, I swapped the Red Delicious apple for a Granny Smith I already had; after trying it, I much preferred the original choice of apple. Because I didn't have turkey bacon, I used some crumbled pork bacon I had around. Again, it didn't stand up to the taste of the turkey bacon in the salad I ordered. Sometimes my kitchen improv works, I've been known to whip up some pretty good things with the random assortment of ingredients I already have. In this case, not so much. Moral of the story: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The ingredients matter; stick to the original recipe.
A bunch of Kale
Cubed Red Delicious Apple
Crumbled Goat Cheese
Crumbled Turkey Bacon
What are some of your favorite salad combinations?
*You may also notice, I didn't use just kale. At the time I went to the store they didn't have any, so I had to buy a premixed salad mix with kale and some other leafy greens. This was another problem with my attempt at recreating the original, but I assure you the original as listed was delicious, so I'll be giving it another shot.