Back when Ruth and I used to create salads at work, we used a formula – a green, a dressing, a crunchy, a fruit, and a cheese.  We came up with a jillion different combinations and they were always good.  The possibilities using a formula like that are just endless.

And thus started tonight’s dinner salad. Baby romaine lettuce, avocados, tomatoes, blackberries, raspberries, black olives, sprouted beans, goat gouda with garlic and herbs, and a grilled chicken breast, all topped with ranch dressing and homemade croutons.  All of the formula items and a few more for good measure.

I miss those test kitchen days.  We had lots of fun – and we ate really well!