No matter the time of year a big ole' salad is my all time favorite lunch. In the summer months lite salads made with crisp cool vegetables is just what the coastal Maine heat calls for. However, the coastal Maine winter presents a bit of a challenge. It is 20 degrees outside and a cold light lunch is the last thing anyone wants to eat. In fact we've all convinced ourselves we need the extra calories to help battle the cold. I happily jump right on board with this theory, but I'd like to try to keep the indulgence under control, especially during the month between two calorie overload Holidays.
While it is so tempting to turn those lunch time salads into lunch time giant bowls of hearty pasta, I really try to keep the calorie intake under control. The constant snow coverage allows for some calorie burning, shoveling snow, sledding, skiing, ect. It also makes it darn near miserable to get out there and actually try to burn a few calories, you know, on purpose. Ice and snow cover the sidewalks every single day and unless I'm in snow pants, and 3 layers of sweaters and jackets, I'm not going out there! So weight maintenance is the name of the game for me this winter! A few extra calories for comfort but not enough to add winter weight!
I created this incredible Warm Steakhouse Salad w/ Gorgonzola purely out of necessity. It pleases my "Big ole' salad" lunchtime craving while keeping things warm and hearty. A huge bed of fresh greens is lightly dressed with Litehouse's Balsamic Vinaigrette and is warmed slightly by hot lean proteins. A light sprinkle of Litehouse's Simply Artisan Reserve Gorgonzola Cheese Crumbles adds the flavor of indulgence without adding too many extra calories. Even the tiniest crumble holds a punch of flavor thus allowing you to enjoy the Gorgonzola without the guilt that most cheeses come with.
The over easy egg topping on this salad is one hundred percent personal preference. Eggs are one of my favorite salad toppers for many reasons! They are affordable, filling, a great source of protein, and when the yolk is broken it adds a natural creaminess to the salad that I obviously can't get from light vinaigrettes. Of course how you cook your egg is up to you, even a fully cooked egg yolk will add a bit of hearty creaminess to the light dressing. Warm salads are a great way to keep cozy and fit during these cold winter months.
Check out these other great winter salads from Living Litehouse: Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad Spinach Salad w/ Grilled Mushrooms and Peppers Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad Ranch Winter Panzanella with Chicken