Salade Composee & What’s On Your Plate

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Welcome to What’s On Your Plate?!

What’s on Your Plate? is designed to be a conversation amongst good eaters.

Tell us about a recent meal. Did it meet with rave reviews? Or did it bomb? What side dishes did you pair with the star of the show? Did you try a new ingredient? Find the groceries at great prices?

Share what’s on your plate!

Each week a featured foodie* will share his or her plate and then the rest of us will get a chance to link up our own posts or share in the comments what good cheap eats we’ve been enjoying.

What’s on My Plate?

I love salads. But with the rainy weather we’ve had this month, I’ve just not been in the mood. This week, I made an effort to get back into salad-making mode.

I had lots of lettuce, avocado, and cilantro from our CSA trial that I needed to use up as well as several cans of garbanzo beans in the pantry. So dinner came together rather quickly for me. The rest of the family had chili dogs.

This is what the French would call une salade composee, or composed salad. The toppings can vary, but they are usually assembled rather prettily on a bed of greens. I must say, the cilantro and the cheddar and the avocado blended together really well.

I used homemade ranch dressing on top. But, I usually order it on the side, in a very Harry and Sally kind of way.

What’s on YOUR Plate?

Share with us a recent meal you prepared. Either link it up below or tell us about it in the comments. Please make sure that you link to in your post so others know where the dinner party is.

And don’t forget to pop around and visit the other good eaters participating today. I’m sure you will be inspired to make all sorts of Good Cheap Eats at your house.


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  1. Thanks so much for hosting Jess! I hope all is well!

  2. I don’t have a picture, but I did try out skirt steak last night for the first time and it was AWESOME. It was on sale and I had heard it is a good cut for salads. was it ever! Next time I’ll take a picture!

  3. I LOVE chickpeas on salads so this is totally my kind of salad. Salad is usually a quick lunch for me so they are usually pretty boring. I would TOTALLY eat this salad (minus the cheese) for dinner but the family would never go for it!

  4. That salad looks so pretty! I think if I made it I would have to use the same ingredients you did. Yum.

  5. I agree eating salads this time of year is not easy, but yours looks good.

  6. Potato bar–Yummy! It all started with my husband grilling the inexpensive “London Broil” (nearly 5 pounds) on Monday, when we ate baked potatoes, steak, and steamed broccoli. Tuesday, I chopped up some leftover meat, and tossed it into some leftover minestrone soup from Sunday. Then, last night, DH chopped up the rest, sauteed it in a pan with some onion, garlic, chile powder etc. and set up a self serve potato bar, with the meat, cheese, butter, broccoli, salsa, etc. Although there were a lot of leftovers served up this week (cheap), everyone ate without complaining, and that’s a good day for us. (Three teens.)

  7. Your salad looks gorgeous!!!
    I’ve been in the mood for autumn foods… but since it’s been upper 70’s and 80’s, it’s been kinda hard ;-). Nevertheless I dug my heels in, tied on my apron, and baked up some of my apple crisp. But here’s the catch: this recipe uses little to no sugar. Number 20 if you’re interested.
    The other dishes this week sound delicious – esp the pumpkin spiced scones and sliders!

  8. My friend just sent me the link to this site. I have spent the morning looking through it and really love it! I love the freezer section as I just started pre-cooking and freezing for my family. I have linked you to my blog and will be checking back often!

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