A Salad a Day

I don’t like salads. Unless they are smothered in ranch dressing, cheese, and bacon bits. Yes, I am a stereotypical American. Feel free to judge. I deserve it.

That being said, I am trying to develop a taste for salads. They are the ideal meal. Healthy, easy, cheap, and transportable. What more could you want from a food? Grab some veggies, throw it all in a bowl and enjoy. No cooking involved and minimal dirty dishes.

It has been my experience that if I force myself to eat something I don’t like because it is good for me, I eventually develop a taste for it. (At the very least I learn to control my gag reflux.) I found this out the hard way while living in China. I did some tutoring for a Korean expat family and the mom would always bring Hong Ru and me snacks while we worked on his reading. Frequently cherry tomatoes were involved.

I hate(d) tomatoes, but didn’t want to be rude so I ate them. The mother spoke no English so I couldn’t even politely decline or explain that I wasn’t a fan. Week after week tomatoes would be served and my only option was to eat up. It wasn’t long until I started to actually enjoy them. The same thing happened with mushrooms and avocados – I made myself eat them because I knew they were good for me and eventually I learned to like them.

I’m applying this theory to salads. I plan to eat one (entree) salad a day, every day for the next two weeks.

We’ll see how long this lasts. Hopefully, putting it out there for you all to read will help keep me accountable.

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30 April 2012. Healthy Living.

One Comment

  1. Aunt Jeanette replied:

    Good luck with the salads! Try oil and vinegar as a dressing.

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