30 Days, 30 Salads: Day 5
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Salad: Tempo Cafe Salad
Verdict: This little salad was a fancied-up version of the salads that my grandmothers used to serve us alongside the rice, beans, and meat that were such a staple at their tables. Liberally anointed with salt and oil, those home versions were often just iceberg lettuce, with slices of tomato or cucumber on top. If you were lucky you got both. The carrot shreds on the cafe salad above would have been considered big doin's. And all this was considered, according to parents, aunts, and uncles, to be a million times better than the salads they grew up with, which usually consisted of lettuce with canned veggies unceremoniously dumped on top. I tend to agree.
As simple as today's salad was, I loved it, and not just for nostalgia's sake. All the veggies used were super-fresh, and there's something about really fresh, cool, crispy iceburg that's just nummers (yeah, i said it, "nummers"). I feel like in the past few years iceburg has become something of a red-headed stepchild among leafy salad greens, since, let's face it, it's a bit lite on the nutrients. But sometimes fresh and crispy is what you want, and with iceburg lettuce, fresh and crispy is what you get.
Tempo happens to be a favorite little dinner for my coworkers and I, but it can be a bit pricey for a lunch. There are, however, some cheapie options that satisfy, and this salad, along with the cup 'o' soup and a small slice of bread I had, did the job nicely.