W.I.A.W: The B.F.S. + OXO (WTH?)

by Sarah on April 18, 2012 · 66 comments

I had to chuckle  little bit when I saw everyone* pledging to eat one more cup of veggies each month as part of the Green Giant “Veg Pledge” campaign. First of all, those girls already did an amazing job eating their veggies. Secondly, I didn’t really know how I could pledge to do it too, considering my life often feels like a 24-hour non-stop veggie festival of love (like Woodstock, but without the drugs…there might be some dirt on the celery sometimes, though).

*And by ‘everyone,’ I mean Laura and our fearless What I Ate Wednesday leader, Jenn.

But I ain’t mad at it.

After all, as I saw this past weekend, when I am left alone to my own devices, I inevitably return to the my favorite meal: The B.F.S. (Big. Friendly. Salad.)

Yes, he is wearing tomato suspenders. Yes, I am reaching out for that crunchy goodness.

Alternatively known as “a big bowl of happiness,” (Smart) Kitchen Sink Salad, “clear the crisper” dinner, or “that thing you do when you just dump everything into a bowl and eat it” [thank Rach for that description], the B.F.S. is the most heavenly–to me–of all meals.

Hey, I never said it was pretty.

(Or that it wouldn't occasionally involve ketchup.)

I’ve written In Defense of Salad before–no really, that was the post title–albeit with much worse photography (but perhaps more elaborate eloquence), so I’ll leave the sonnets to salads aside for the minute* and focus on my tendency to overbuy produce, especially when pretty green (or otherwise fresh-from-the-field) are on sale…and how it results in a B.F.S.-full weekend.

*Check out Lindsay’s post from yesterday for even MORE ideas…

A concoction I made involving thawed frozen white beans and every random herb I had wilting in the fridge proved to be a delicious topper for a very green BFS. (Wholesome Goodness’ Balsamic Dressing–so good I want to drink it–proved to give a little extra soaking, as the “herb bean dip” wasn’t quite as runny, smooth as hummus.)

Oh the joys of reaching the point of your box of leafy greens–in this case, Earthbound Farms Baby Kales marked down to $1.29 (!!!– where you get to just make a BFS…IACS [Big Friendly Salad...in a clamshell.]And although I’m a fan of the “fancy” greens, I really prefer my salad to have a big ol’ crunchtastic element. Crash into that iceberg! I ‘heart’ you, Romaine!Speaking of Romaine, I had to act fast to rescue some of its baby leaves from death. [That happens when you buy discounted lettuce, y'all.] What resulted was this bold (and the) beautiful, BFS:(Also marked down) sugar snap peas, cucumbers, yellow bell pepper, and Wegman’s Edamame Hummus……and yes, those ARE Alexia Spicy Sweet Potato Fries covered in Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce. [I highly recommend adding a drizzle to ANY salad...it's the new Newman's Own Sesame Ginger.] Then I inexplicably added some of my newly invented Seitan Chorizo Crumbles.

Whatever. It worked.

There was actually one MORE B.F.S. consumed last weekend, as well…but I forgot to take a photo. With all this leafy green action taking up my afternoons and evenings, is it any wonder I have to start my day with a whole (lot of) grain?Oats made with Strawberry Pumpkin Butter and topped with Banana Pancake Granola sounds pretty good to me. :)

Should we call it…The BF…O?

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Talk about timing. As I was formulating this post in my mind on my drive home from school and the gym on Tuesday afternoon, a very large box rang my doorbell.

Inside? A brand new OXO Salad Spinner, sent to me as part of OXO Blogger Outreach Program.Needless to say, I had a whole head of green leaf lettuce hanging out in my fridge, ready and willing to be my first test subject.Can you believe I’ve never owned a salad spinner? You might say I was stuck in a permanent state of just-reached-the-end-the-roll drip-drying necessity. Until now, of course!I don’t know whether my favorite part of the OXO Salad Spinner is its glorious green color, the fact that it holds so much lettuce, does such an incredible job of getting water out of all of the leaves’ tiny crevices……or that it reminds me of the toy I had when I was a wee small child where I sat down, pushed the center, and spun around. [But this has a BRAKE button!]I very quickly had a bag of lettuce ready to be used for my next (two or three? or four?) Big Friendly Salads. [Complete with paper towel, as taught by Papa Smart: keeps bread soft and lettuce crispy!]Of course, then I finally read the directions and saw that keeping the lettuce inside of the contraption basket would keep it fresh longest. Oops.Actually, the best thing about the OXO Salad Spinner is……they sent me two! So I can give one to YOU!!!All you have to do to enter for your very own OXO Salad Spinner is leave a comment telling me what would make up your ideal Big Friendly Salad…and your favorite Roald Dahl book. :)

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I’ll let y’all enter until Friday!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 18, 2012 at 12:52 am

I have that spinner!!! And have been known to just use the bowl to eat a BFS. #shameless

I don’t need to win one, but I have to share my love of Dahl with you. In particular, the one about Sarah Synthia Silvia Snout who would not take the garbage out.

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Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons April 18, 2012 at 11:39 am

BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! I snorted outloud. Don’t judge

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Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons April 18, 2012 at 11:40 am

I also combine words that shouldn’t be combined. FML ;)

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amy marantino April 18, 2012 at 5:02 am

my salad would have romaine lettuce, fresh NJ tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, pickled hot banana peppers, and red peppers.
my favorite book is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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amy marantino April 18, 2012 at 5:05 am

I Follow @thesmartkitchen on twitter and I tweeted about the giveaway (@onitnaram)

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 18, 2012 at 6:52 am

Big salad: kale, spimach, edamame, broccolini, carrots, and cucumbers. Topped with Brianna’s Asiago Cheese Caesar dressing. Yum!

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Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free April 18, 2012 at 7:51 am

I love the BFG!!! That is an awesome book :D Also, I like Danny the Champion of the World, George’s Marvelous Medicine, Matilda (of course)…..and he even has a recipe book! Did you know? It is so much fun. It is called “Dahl’s Revolting recipes” or something like that…look it up! You’d love it!

My salad: spinch, beets, kalamata olives, avocado, carrots, cucumbers, red peppers, chicken, bacon, hard boiled eggs, and drizzled with a lemon tahini dressings…..

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ann April 18, 2012 at 8:06 am

I would love a salad with kale, red tipped lettuce (would love to use that spinner), carrots, cucumbers, peppers, grilled chix and a red wine vinegar and oil vinagairette.

“Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel”

Thanks!

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lindsey April 18, 2012 at 8:13 am

YUM! Let’s see: broccoli slaw and mixed greens base, with fresh heirloom tomatoes warm from the garden, some salsa verde AND trader joe’s corn salsa, black beans, a little crumble of tortilla chips, and a sprinkling of cumin and chili powder. Definitely feeling the southwest love in my meals lately!

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Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) April 18, 2012 at 8:13 am

Oh, I need this! If not because I really need to stop wasting paper towels on drying greens, then because Hailey would love playing with it- haha :)

I’m like you and could throw anything in a salad… well, except ketchup. I draw the line at ketchup.

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Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) April 18, 2012 at 8:13 am

I like you on fb :)

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Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) April 18, 2012 at 8:14 am

tweet tweet! (…I tweeted) ;)

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Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count April 18, 2012 at 8:20 am

My Big Friendly Salad usually starts with Romaine fresh from the produce market (my favorite lettuce!) I add celery because I’ve really gotten into the crunch lately! Green or red bell pepper depending on which was cheaper at the PM that week. Plum tomatoes because they taste good year round. Jersey tomatoes coming soon, but until then if I let the plums ripen out of the fridge they are yummy! At least a cup full of whichever bean I’ve cooked in the crock pot this week. Some shredded cheese. Lately I’ve been doing my own dressing…yes I am late to the party hear but I’m really enjoying them. My recent favorite is a combo of olive oil/red wine vinegar/honey/Dijon mustard and plain fat free Greek yogurt(Get your protein where you can!) It’s so tasty! Sometimes aI add quinoa (more protein) or bulgur if I have some ready. There you have it…and it’s Huge in my Big Purple Bowl!! Sadly, I don’t think I’ve ever read a Roald Dahl book. Does that disqualify me??

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Hannah April 18, 2012 at 8:37 am

Hmm .. a BFS for me would be a simple salad: arugula, spinach, cucumbers, olives, green peppers, mushrooms, and feta cheese with maybe a drizzle of olive oil. YUM!

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean April 18, 2012 at 8:47 am

weeeeeee for salads! thanks for the shoutout!

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marie April 18, 2012 at 9:16 am

The Witches, of course!!!

As for the salad, this week my favorite is spinach, arugula, hummus, feta, almonds, & rotisserie chicken with a side of pita chips.

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Bailey April 18, 2012 at 9:16 am

I loooove big salads! I call them Dump Salads! My favorite would be romaine with chick peas, any veg I can get my hands on, and topped with Salmon!!

My favorite Dahl book is Matilda! :) Classic!

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Bailey April 18, 2012 at 9:19 am

I’m following and I tweeted about the giveaway! (baileyvalenti)

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Bailey April 18, 2012 at 9:20 am

I’m following @oxo on twitter!

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Amy M April 18, 2012 at 9:32 am

Ooooh, I have been coveting a salad spinner!! I love salads. I had a huge one just yesterday with spring greens, carrots, celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, sunflower seeds, ritz crackers, and a honey mustard balsamic dressing. MMMMM…. My favorite Roald Dahl book is probably Matilda. I haven’t read any of them for so long. I guess I will have to dig them out and revisit them. :)

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Ashley @ Freckles & Spice April 18, 2012 at 9:35 am

Love your edits to the cover from BFG. I love George’s Marvelous Medicine!
Holla for the love of the salads post! All my lunches and dinners end up being a BFS type thing. Meals without greens make me sad. And piles of veggies make everything better.

I a currently craving spinach and arugula with wheatberries, roasted beets, butternut squash, a little goat cheese, and pumpkin seeds – and maybe a horseradish and dill yogurt dressing. That sounds nice to me! I love mixing greens and hot/cold components.

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lindsay April 18, 2012 at 10:56 am

i love all of roald dahl’s books … but loved matilda the most.

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maija April 18, 2012 at 11:08 am

i think these are also called “manager’s special” salads where i’m from…

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Dyanna April 18, 2012 at 11:23 am

Matilda would have to be my all time favorite.

I want to try something new, but being set-in-my-ways, have yet to try it. Baby spinach, fetta cheese, carrots, cucumbers, red onion, avocado.

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Kristina Hofmann April 18, 2012 at 11:41 am

My Big Friendly Salad
-romaine
-tomatoes
-fried cranberries
-crimbled gorgonzola cheese
-diced carrots
-wlanuts chopped
-sliced avacado
-creamy balsamic vinagrette

…and my favorites Roald Dahl Book – The Witches (or the Twits…tough call)

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Ebee April 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Avocado, with more avocado! Fave book: Matilda!

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Cari April 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm

oh wow– this is a tough one. i could always go for a BFS with an asian twist– a big bunch of greens topped with edamame, grapes (cut in half!), red onion, carrots, radishes, bean sprouts, cucumber, celery, wasabi peas, broccoli, cauliflower, dried cranberries, and bell pepper, dressed with sriracha and lemon juice!

and the book? perhaps james and the giant peach :)

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Cari April 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm

and i like your page on facebook!

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MassachusEATS April 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm

LOL I love the book cover – too funny!!

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Heather @ Better With Veggies April 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm

I don’t have a salad spinner – I need one!! Sounds like a much easier way to dry my kale than the paper towel method I typically use. Any kale salad – I make a new mix all the time, would be how I would make us of it.

And apparently Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – does that count?

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Heather @ Better With Veggies April 18, 2012 at 1:09 pm

And I tweeted!

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Heather @ Better With Veggies April 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

And I already follow you on twitter

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Heather @ Better With Veggies April 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm

And now I follow you on FB!

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char eats GREENS April 18, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I like the idea of just throwing everything in – whether it looks pretty or not, like you said!!! Get in my belly and you’ll look be-auuuu-tiful there!

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char eats GREENS April 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I follow you on twittahhh!

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Jen H. April 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm

I also have gone this long without a salad spinner! What was I thinking?!

Ideal Mega Salad = kale, carrots, mushrooms, green peppers, cucumber, tomato, pumpkin seeds, black pepper, red pepper flakes, hummus on top.

Favorite Roald Dahl story = The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar!

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Allie April 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm

The BFG IS my all-time favorite Roald Dahl. That, or The ABZ Book for its complete irrelevance and non-child-appropriateness. Go you with your salads! I don’t think I have a favorite salad, ’cause I’m a “What’s in the fridge?”-style salad maker too. I don’t know that I’ve ever specifically planned a salad or bought certain ingredients for one. Lunch today? Leftover sauteed veggie, some bell pepper, radishes, lettuce, topped with protein powder and lettuce. Why? ‘Cause all those ingredients were in my fridge this morning :)

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Alex April 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

My big friendly salad…. romaine lettuce, arugala, red and orange peppers, cucumbers, water chestnuts, salsa, salsa verde, hard boiled egg whites, sliced turkey and some roasted broccolini. Drooling.

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Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family April 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I could definitely use a salad spinner…and then I can stop drying my greens by hand.
As for favorite Roald Dahl book I would have to go with Matilda, a wonderful story.

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Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family April 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I follow you on Twitter and tweeted your giveaway (@rachelkyle0402)

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Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family April 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I like you on FB

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Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family April 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I follow OXO on Twitter

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Parita @ myinnershakti April 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm

My salad would include spinach, carrots, red bell pepper, olives, broccoli, tomatoes, avocado, beans, maybe a little tofu, goat cheese, sunflower seeds, hummus, and some balsamic. Phew. I’m hungry. :)

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Danica @ It's Progression April 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I’ve never owned a salad spinner but (of course) would love to! I need all the motivation I can get to make better salads!

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Danica @ It's Progression April 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm

just tweeted about the giveaway! (@Danica_ipnp)

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SammyCakes April 18, 2012 at 3:01 pm

I need this soooo baddd!!!! I was just dreaming of one of these last night when I was trying to sleep. I am the only one in my house who eats healthy and I have a ton of allergies so I eat a lot of BFS (at least 2 per day) but my greens still have problems. I’ve tried the paper towel thing. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong but I think this would help.

My fav salad:
Some combination of Arugala, watercress, romaine, and bok choy

Shredded cabbage, shredded carrot, grape tomatoes, kimchee, Nori, Nutritional Yeast, artichoke hearts, avocado

Edamamae, Black Beans, Chickpeas, or Black eyed peas

Some combination of Raspberries, Blueberries, Cuties, Grapes, or Kiwi

And I sprinkle a blend of Raw Buckwheat groats, quinoa, chia, hemp, flax, and sunflower seeds, soynuts

I usually just smash around the avocado, fruit, and beans to make it creamy and combine flavors but I also sometimes make homemade Asian dressing.

A lot of stuff I know but it has everything! Sweet, Tangy, Crunchy, Soft, Salty, Awesome! And it has so many great nutritional components.

Fav book… probably Matilda.

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SammyCakes April 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Ooooo… sometimes Goat cheese and roasted red peppers too!

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SammyCakes April 18, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I like you on facebook… and in other places too lol

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Kari April 18, 2012 at 3:24 pm

My salad would have spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers and feta. My favorite Roald Dahl book is the Twitches or Matilda.

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Sue Robbins April 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I am currently, the only “functioning” salad spinner in my house. I had to become a “salad shaker” – due to dizziness.
My husband & I eat almost all our meals (not breakfast…yet) as a salad. Green leaf lettuce, sliced: sweet onion, red & green peppers. I thinly slice & marinate, onions & hot peppers (this will help cut down on dressing). I like grated carrots. Throw on whatever kind of meat you want, and pick a dressing to compliment it (drizzle).
Favorite Roald Dahl book… Matilda.

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Katie @ Nutrition in a Peanut Shell April 18, 2012 at 6:49 pm

I loved James & the Giant Peach! And my favorite Roald Dahl book? How could it NOT be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!?

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Jessica April 18, 2012 at 9:28 pm

I love it! I am getting married in August and could totally use a salad spinner! I recently got my fiance to eat veggies, and he just started getting into salads…its pretty much a miracle!

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teabagginit April 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm

my bfs salad would be filled with iceberg lettuce (shamefully LOVE iceberg!) cucumbers, bell peppers, mushrooms – the works!
fav roald dahl, cliche but true: gotta love my charlie!

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teabagginit April 18, 2012 at 9:33 pm

i like ya on fb!

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Seema April 19, 2012 at 1:29 am

An ultimate BFS I’m currently craving would be greek style complete with romaine lettuce, baby spinach, feta crumbles, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, shredded dil +s+ p, a few sliced green olives, pepperoncini, tossed in a little bit of lemon oregano vinaigrette, a glob of baba ganouj or hummus, and toasted herbed pita crumbled over the top

fav roald dahl book would be matilda followed by willy wonka and the chocolate factory :)

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Seema April 19, 2012 at 1:29 am

You’re liked on facebook!

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Nicole G April 19, 2012 at 6:34 am

Spinach, romaine, steamed carrots and broccoli (wilts the greens deliciously!), raw mushrooms, and maybe some pecans with a balsamic vinagrette dressing.. Mmm, I might have to change my dinner plans to this tonight =)

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Christina April 19, 2012 at 6:46 am

I love sweet potatoes and veggie burgers on salad. I always loved Matilda growing up :)

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Anne Weber-Falk April 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I’ll make a BFS with everything I can think of, green, orange, red, crunchy, with a sprinkle of almonds and dried cranberries, homemade raspberry dressing and, don’t judge, faux bacon bits. I know. I just love those bacos bits. They are so crunchy and salty on that BFS. It’s the finishing touch.

As for my favorite Roald Dahl piece, that’s way too hard to decide. I have read many and enjoy them all so much. I still revisit them.

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Alex April 19, 2012 at 1:45 pm

French-style goat feta cheese makes any salad delicious!

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Randy April 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I’m totally culinarily challenged but I so have my own BFS that I make all the time! It’s the product of years of experimentation and I eat it at least 5 times per week, sometimes even twice a day:

–Lots of spinach (for which I could totally use a salad spinner, cough)
–Diced mushrooms
–Cajun salad shrimp (I buy them frozen, thaw them under hot water, pat them mostly dry, and then coat them in cajun powder, which the residual water causes to stick to the shrimp.)
–Diced pickles (a little unorthodox, but I tried cucumbers and it just wasn’t the same…the sourness and tanginess of the pickles really adds to the mix.)
–Shredded four-cheese Italian mix (mozzarella, provolone, etc., found in a bag at any grocery store)
–Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps, Buffalo Wing style (I crumble these up and throw them in for a crunchy crouton-y consistency, as well as an additional spicy element to the jumble.)
–Kroger’s Creamy Italian salad dressing (This is the crucial ingredient. Normal Creamy Italian, or some other substitute like Ranch, just won’t do. Kroger’s is yellow rather than white and not only confers the essential cooling property to balance the spiciness but also is mouthwateringly tangy…it both reinforces and balances out all the flavors that already exist in the BFS.)

The result is a perfect mix of textures and spice and tang and coolness and greens and additional flavors that is perfect for my palate and has completely motivated me to go make one right now…

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Yana April 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Spinach, tomatoes, roasted bell peppers, avocado.

Matilda.

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Becca R April 19, 2012 at 7:33 pm

my favorite salad (in a mixing bowl) is greens (whatever needs to be eaten from the farm share) with sweet potato/ butternut sqash cube, nuts, tons of random veggies, dried cranberries and veggie sausage/ beans with salt, peper and balsamic vinegar, yum! favorite Roald Dahl book is James and the Giant Peach!

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Randy April 19, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Hopefully my tardiness in fulfilling the contest requirements (and unhealthfulness of the title) won’t count against me!

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Carla April 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

So, I am never the type to just throw anything into a bowl and eat it – I’m usually very precise with my flavor combinations. But yesterday night for dinner I ended up literally just shrugging my shoulders and asking, “Why not?” as I added item after item into my nice, green salad. I think your post must have gotten into my subconscious! What was in this very interesting yet deliciously-flavorful salad bowl? Baby spinach, arugula, romaine, red beans, canned tuna mixed with nutritional yeast, strawberries, and ginger soy vinaigrette. Like I said..randomest flavor combination ever, but somehow all worked. Yum!

Cinderella :)

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Stacy April 20, 2012 at 9:21 am

RD book is Matilda :)

I like you on FB :)

BFS: mixed greens from my garden, spinach, lots of red peppers, cucumbers, mixed baby tomatoes, carrots, beans, and pretty much whatever I have on hand from my weekly farm share!

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