Meat. Veg. Starch.

When I think of “Back to the Table”, our Recipe Redux theme for this month, my memories take me back to our family dinner table where the six of us sat dutifully and ate a meat, a vegetable and a starch.  We each had our own assigned seat and our own assigned duty, depending on the day. One of us set the table, one cleared, one put away condiment and leftovers and the other person was responsible for the dishes. To this day, my favorite thing is to put away condiments and the leftovers. 

Mom would occasionally lug out an old cookbook-particularly around the holidays-and she seem to aways be tearing out recipes from magazines and the newspaper. In an effort to create her own filing system (Pinterest of the 70′s) , she stapled the torn out recipes to color coded index cards. Much like Pinners today, she had very high hopes of making said recipes, but rarely-if ever-did. 

Flash forward 35 (gulp) years. My family make up is quite different than it was back in the day. We’re smaller (3 humans, 3 dogs and a turtle), we utilize prepared foods frequently (rotisseire chickens, salad bar offerings, pre made rice)  and we eat out more often than I did as a child (remember when eating out was for special occasions only?)  How do I make those three that work to our advantage? It’s-well-almost embarrassing. 


Take this salmon salad, for example.

salmon salad

 This was made from salmon purchased from my local grocery store salad bar. I added chopped tomatoes, cucumbers and avocado and called. it. a. day.  If you don’t have  cooked salmon on your local grocery salad bar, leftover salmon from a previous home cooked meal OR restaurant meal works just as good. No tomatoes, cucs or avocado at home? Snag them from the salad bar or ask for extras on from a sandwich bar. Any preparation and any flavor of salmon work.  Baked, grilled, citrus flavored, Asian inspired or just good old salt and pepper–which is what you see in these pictures-it all works. 


salmon salad meal

 The recipe, you ask? It’s so simple, it’s almost embarrassing, too. In fact, I think I already typed it above. Here it is again.


Salmon Salad

Leftover cooked salmon

handful of chopped tomatoes

handful of chopped cucumbers

handful of chopped avocado

salt and pepper to taste

The best part? It’s simple, filling, healthy and a crowd pleaser for most of the family. The other best part? Mom would have LOVED it. 

salmon salad lettuce




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