I’m personally a big fan of salad. I feel that a lot of times salads get a bad name as being smothered in dressing, or having everything in them but the kitchen sink. But they can’t be all bad.
My mom actually makes that second kind of salad and it’s amazing. She makes the dressing from scratch and everything, but when I finally got her to give me the recipe for it, it seemed to be a mile long. While I know that it would not be complicated to make, I generally balk at the idea of making something that has more than 20 ingredients.
I’m also not a huge fan of lettuce. Since lettuce is the principle ingredient in most salads, and it has no taste, I suppose those other 19 ingredients are necessary to make the lettuce taste like something other than crisp green water. And depending on how long your salad has been out of the refrigerator, you even loose the crisp.
So I’m going to say this is not so much of a recipe, as an idea, inspired by something similar I found in a cookbook. Why not take the lettuce out of the salad? And while I was at it I figured I could add some bread too. Bread improves every meal, and I’m an even bigger fan of sandwiches than I am of salads.
1 red or orange bell pepper
1 green bell pepper
2 sticks celery
2 green onions
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ cup Italian Salad Dressing
Shredded Swiss cheese
Finely chop all the vegetables. Mix well with the black pepper and Italian Salad Dressing. I feel you could almost use any veggies you wanted in this, my only caution would be to try to keep it from getting too wet, as that will dilute the Italian Salad Dressing which is providing most of the seasoning.
Just as you can use almost any veggies, you can use almost any bread. If necessary, cut the bread in half. On each half, or slice, sprinkle enough of the Swiss cheese to just cover the bread. Cover the bread with a paper towel and microwave for 1 minute. This will melt the cheese without drying it out or burning it.
Spread about 1-2 tablespoons of the veggie mixture onto one half of the sandwich and place the other half on top. Makes 4-8 sandwiches depending on the size of the sandwich.