According to Jeff Elder: “You must have a go-to salad in your life”
And by this, he means:
“a collection of fresh ingredients you can get in most stores, which you will never tire of, and can eat twice a week for the rest of your life.”
“We’re talking about building muscle memory here. Marines must be able to assemble their weapon in minutes in the dark: You must achieve that precision with your salad. It will save your life. You must be able to fix it without thinking. It is your go-to salad, and no one else’s.
If someone else has the same go-to salad, you must hunt that person down and avenge your salad.”
He then goes on to share his go-to salad ingredients. So that got me thinking about what my go-to salad is, and I realized I have two:
The super simple, Cyprus-inspired chop:
- red onions
- lime & dash of olive oil, salt & pepper
- if i have it: crumble of feta
- (and in a pinch, i’ll swap in either/or/and chopped avocado, red pepper, green apple — i like the red, purple, and green effect)
The casual green:
- sliced pears or apples (orange slices, if I’m feeling crazy)
- thinly sliced red or orange peppers
- avocado (b/c I think it’s my spirit fruit-getable)
- pepitas (roasted pumpkin seeds)
- lemon juice & olive oil
So my go-to recipes are more conceptual than married to particular ingredients. Guess that works, too.
And, because Elder mentions having a go-to suit, I’ll share my ideal go-to work/casual/anywhere uniform: jeans, tee, cardigan (long or short-sleeved), and comfy canvas sneakers. It’s a no-brainer.