We probably don’t eat salad as much as we should around here but it actually goes over better than I imagined when I serve this Olive Garden Salad as a meal – yes I was shocked! And while it works any time of the year I’m always up for a good easy to prepare salad as a meal during the spring!
Spring is busy and hectic around here, waiting for just the right conditions to plant is nerve-racking and honestly not always conducive to a relaxed happy home! I find Spring weather confusing – I never know what kind of weather to ‘hope’ for – we need rain, we want warm, don’t rain now but rain in 2 days………
I’ve asked Chris before exactly what kind of weather I should be hoping for just before we were to start planting this spring – he wasn’t shy and told me exactly what he wanted:
“I only require a brief slightly wet spell so that we can finally get all the equipment we have been working on all winter ready. Warm would be a plus, but not essential. Then a slow drying period so we can complete a few field repairs. Finally drying enough to spray burndown and apply pre-plant anhydrous to a few odd fields before a shower gently incorporates the chemicals.
A short warm, rainy spell finally culminating in several 80 degree days about April 22, with a brief shower, say around 3 tenths, about halfway through a 2 week planting period, giving us a short 2 day rest, then allowing us to finish planting the first week of May.
At no time during this period do we receive a toad strangling 45 minute blast of 2.5 inches, please limit rains to no more than .75 inches in any 3 day period.”
Well ok then, that is pretty specific – but the weather we apparently need to get the work done! Mother Nature plays a pretty huge role in our business and she doesn’t always play friendly!
But spring always has me craving salad, the thought of garden fresh veggies I guess! This is one of my go to spring meals because it is super easy to throw together when we have been working late! While I am putting the salad together I heat up some breadsticks and leftover Alfredo sauce and I have a great lite last minute supper that everyone loves!
Olive Garden Salad at Home
- 2 (12 ounce) bags of salad - any variety you like
- ½ pound pepperoni, cut in strips
- ½ pound salami, cut in strips
- Black Olives
- Diced Red Onion
- Sliced Tomatos
- Parmesan Cheese - Shredded or sliced
- Olive Garden Salad Dressing
- Olive Garden Croutons
- Mix bags of salad in a large bowl, add desired amount of black olives, sliced tomatoes, diced red onion, pepperoncini's - toss well.
- Top with Parmasean Cheese and croutons and serve with Olive Garden Salad Dressing.
Looking for more than just salad check out these Olive Garden soup recipes over at Recipes That Crock!
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