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Putting a salad on your table for Thanksgiving

Lettuce Salad
Offering a lettuce salad offers a refreshing contrast, a balance if you will, to some of the heavier items on the menu.

By Mike Thayer

Salad - I'm talking lettuce salad for Thanksgiving, there's no jello 'salad', no Watergate salad (a.k.a. Green Goop, or Green Fluff) or Ambrosia salad crap on my table...  It's the green, leafy kind of salad stuff, nothing but and I do a cheat here.  I use bagged salad.  It's the smarter play.  1.  I can mix three different varieties together to make one fantastic salad, a classic mix, an iceberg mix, a romaine mix for example.  2.  I can portion out those bags to best accommodate the size of the dinner crowd.  3.  A variety of bagged salads doesn't take up near as much space in the refrigerator as buying up all the ingredients individually would.  4.  Any remaining salad after prepping can be stored in it's respective bag, which lends itself to specific salad desires by guests the next day or two.  5.  It minimizes, if not avoids all together, veggies going bad in later days.  I present a mixed salad in a serving bowl, with a variety of self serve dressings and toppings.

Another inexpensive side dish that is SO easy to 'prep' and serve, with three bags of mixed greens costing around $6 at Aldi.

$pend Wisely My Friends...

Related: Do you season your salad? If you don't, why not?

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