I'm going to call this mix of stuff my 1040 mix. Because preparing it was a lovely way to put off dealing with taxes. Isn't that terrible? I'm an accountant. I should embrace tax time. But I don't. I'm dealing with peoples' money and a government mandate that scares people that don't understand it. (Everytime I hear someone say "they should just have everyone pay the same percentage of their income. It would be so much simpler!!" I just want to SCREAM!).
Anyway, this time of year brings stress I'd rather just not deal with. So taking the time to make a salad, with the washing and chopping and mixing, is a great way to put off the inevitable. Celery, scallions, radish, and carrot are always on hand in my kitchen. To this mix I also add a nut (toasted cashews or sesame seed, usually) and a fruit (dried cranberries or canned mandarin oranges).
That's my basic mix. From there I might toss it with chopped cabbage and a homemade vinaigrette for a coleslaw.
Or toss them with cubed leftover chicken and fold it into some dill-loaded Hellman's for an awesome chicken salad.
I actually have BOTH cabbage and chicken leftovers so I'm going with option #3. I made a dressing of Hellman's, honey, lime juice, and white wine vinegar and added some iceburg lettuce and enjoyed one awesome 1040 Salad.
I had enough leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Ugh. And now....it's officially tax time.