Post # 1
We have to get our final picks to our caterer this week, and I’m having trouble deciding on the last things.
We’re having a casual outdoor wedding, and the food will be stationary appetizers, salads, and pizza from a mobile oven. We need to pick three salads, and I’m hunting for things that are both tasty and will sound good/fun to our guests.
These will go with these pizzas:
Roasted mushroom, leeks, and thyme
Arugula, pancetta, and shaved parmesan
Anchovies and red pepper flakes
Any thoughts would be great—thanks!!
Post # 3
Dang, that sounds awesome.
I chose the arugula, spinach, and lentil. But all of those sound great. My suggestion would be to go with one protein grain salad (the quinoa or lentil), a sweeter salad, and a more savory salad.
Post # 4
I chose the greens and spinach salad b/c they are different, but are the more guest friendly options. Unless your guests are “foodies”… they may not get it. I’d love to see my pap’s and uncles’ faces if they had a plate of quinoa set in front of them. 🙂 “AH! Are you feeding me birdseed?!”
Plus, June? Fresh berries would be great!
Post # 5
I would pick the Caesar because it is familiar. If your guests are at all not adventurous, they may not like any of the other selections.
Post # 6
Thanks…@mandalee, that’s exactly my concern with the quinoa, though like monitajb said, we were trying to balance one protein salad with one savory and one sweet. Hoping to have one heartier salad option that will work for anyone who doesn’t eat pizza for whatever reason, since they’re pretty much stuck otherwise. (Plus to the lentils was that it’s also dairy-free for anyone with cheese issues!) I’m a little worried that the quinoa combo is too much like pizza, but Fiance thinks it will be different because it’s raw/cold. We are just at the end of blueberry season where we live and get strawberries through the summer, so those would all be local, which is a big plus. It’s a bit iffy on the tomatoes (the first ones just showed up at the market last week) but I think those will be in full swing by the end of the month, too.
Thanks for voting—this is definitely helping to ID the clear front runners!
Post # 7
I would go with the Greens with Sliced Strawberries, Fromage Blanc & Toasted Almonds or the Arugula with Summer Tomatoes, Fennel with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette because they sound AMAZING (not that the others don’t lol!) and will be very summery.
Post # 8
Can I eat ALL of them?! They all sound so good! …but I also echo previous posters’ thoughts and think that you should include the traditional ceasar salad as one of your choices, since it’s familiar, and picky eaters will thank you.
Post # 9
Goat cheese = love. lol
However, unless your guests are foodies– they may not be into a lot of those choices. My menu is a little crazy, but that’s because everyone (other than my FSIL) is into different cuisine. You know your guests best… if they’re foodies, give them spinach, goat cheese & blueberry salad! If not, I’d go with a Caeser salad.
Post # 10
I see that the board pretty much likes all of your selections. I’d use the dart method – pin all of them to a board and stand back and see where the darts land.
Post # 11
I like it all!!!! But my 3 would be:
Arugula with Summer Tomatoes, Fennel with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
Quinoa Salad with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil
Post # 12
@Melissabegins—I like that approach! 😉
I thought we figured it all out late last night, and then realized we’d picked four somehow (We were going through a whole bunch of menu things and then at the end I figured it out….argh.)
Right now we’re thinking:
– Either arugula with tomatoes or Caesar (FI hates Caesar and thus doesn’t want it, but I tend to agree that everyone likes it…)–this is the one I accidentally put both for!
– Spinach with goat cheese and blueberries
That gives us three different families of salad, so hopefully that will work (once we figure the first one out!)
Our guests are mixed—mostly foodies but definitely some people who will be surprised by quinoa…so we’ll see! I figure pizza is pretty accessible even for the pickiest eaters (and in spite of FI’s anchovy request on it!) so hopefully that will help, too.
Thanks for the help!