CHEG Salad

Thanksgiving is behind us, and in the American tradition, we all ate too much and are probably (still) uncomfortably full.

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Leftovers, dudes.

Too many leftovers.

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And yet I find myself dragging my distended stomach to the fridge to take a peek at the leftovers–just for curiosity’s sake, of course.

Inevitably I end up on the couch, guiltily looking at an empty plate smeared with remnants of casseroles, pork products, and some type of potato.

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And inevitably, an hour later, I end up staring at another empty plate–this one smeared with cheesecake, pie, and some type of delicious peanut butter waxy-thing.

I smell like regret.

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Sounds familiar?

I’ve got Compulsory Holiday Eating Guilt, otherwise known as CHEG.

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So to do something about it, I decided to make a dish so light and deliciously healthy that my Very Bad Case of CHEG would go away and I could open the fridge without waves of guilt.

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And since I had greens beans, blueberries, and onions on hand, the only logical thing to make was a salad (that would be a real bad casserole). Your CHEG salad can have anything you want in it! Except leftovers.

CHEG salad draws the line at leftovers.

For mine, grab 3 handfuls of green beans.

green beans

The beauty of this salad is that you measure nothing.

Nothing!

So grab those green beans and cut the ends off.

chopping

Then grab a handful of sugar snap peas and cut those tips off.

sugar snap peas

Put some water on to boil and have a pan of ice water at the ready. You’re going to blanch these babies.

Boil the green beans for 4-6 minutes until they reach your desired tenderness. Then use a slotted spoon to remove from the hot water and plunge in the ice bath.

green beans boiling

Do the same for the sugar snap peas., but boil only a minute or so.

sugar snap peas

Then grab a couple of handfuls of green peas and do the same.

green peas

Boil for approximately 45 seconds. Nothing worse than mushy peas in a salad.

green peas boiling

Yekch.

Next, chop whatever salad green you have on hand. I happened to have red lettuce.

red lettuce

Once chopped, put in a largish bowl.

in bowl

Add the blanched green veggies.

blanched green veggies

Now chop up a red onion. You pick what size you chop to.

red onion

Put the onions in the bowl.

all in the bowl

Give it all a good toss and throw in some blueberries, or whatever berry you have on hand.

blueberries

Next I drizzled the whole bowl with blueberry syrup (made from the blueberries Earth Momma’s crew picked earlier this year) and gave it a few dashes of red wine vinegar and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

If you don’t have blueberry syrup and red wine vinegar, I’m sure that you can come up with something just as good (I’m thinking balsamic vinegar….?).

sauced

Serve as a side or add some protein to make it a main dish.

salad

What’s in your CHEG salad?

suck it, martha.

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