Thursday, February 13, 2014

Macho Salad..I Mean, Really?

I've never thought of salad as feminine or masculine. Salad isn't quiche-remember how real men don't eat quiche? Or did they eat quiche? That was a long time ago. I can understand that a salad such as a pretty Bibb lettuce salad tossed with tiny mandarin oranges, sprinkled with lightly toasted almonds might be considered a bit more feminine then say, a taco salad loaded with meat. Does that make a Caesar salad, neutral territory? 

But a macho salad? I didn't name this beast. I ate this eons ago at a restaurant that I think is now nonexistent. Yes, I ordered the macho salad but there were no machos that came with it. Just salad. I shouldn't say that. This is a salad that even a macho would eat. And whether you are or you aren't, a macho that is, this salad is, and it is good.

Let's get something straight here. I'm not a macho lover. But I think we've already figured out that I am a Macho Salad lover. So just who is a macho? We all know the song, "Macho Man" by the Village People, right? (True confession... for a long time I though they were saying Nacho Man and I love those.)  But check out this description from the urban free dictionary for the word macho:

male who cannot "lose face" in front of his mates or women. most macho men have the emotional range of a teaspoon and have enough empathy to fill the ink tube in a pen. 

Enough said, right? But then there is this:

macho men find any contact with other males to be of "homosexual" nature, with the exception of the "manly handshake". 

But back to salad..I don't know how I remembered this salad, but it's been planted in my mind for awhile. Maybe it's the sweet cornbread croutons that offset the tanginess of the dressing. Or perhaps the dates off set the goat cheese. And the roasted chicken helps tie everything together. Or is that the avocado that does that? Though you must know that this dressing would taste good on any salad-even one of the feminine variety. 

My Manservant loves this salad and seeing how it is now about 60 degrees in Denver, even though the mountains are still being pounded by snow, last night was perfect for a salad. A manly salad. And I only say manly, because it was devoured by my man. I have yet to figure out why if I serve a salad with a meal, he saves it until the end and quite often doesn't eat it. Whereas, if I serve it as a main course, he loves it! Well, thank goodness for this! 

I think even this macho man would eat this salad.

 Or perhaps this macho in training.

Speaking of which, last night I skipped watching the Olympics to watch the Beatles. Ohhhh. Now that was a good show. Did you see it? And I ate this Macho salad before I sat down to watch TV. And that is all I have to say about salad. Now I'm going to get my hair colored, because if there is such a thing as a Macho woman, well, that's not me!

Macho Salad 

Yield: 2 Macho Sized Servings
Total Time: About 25 minutes


1 t spicy brown mustard
1 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 T apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 t brown sugar
1/4 t salt
1/4 t black pepper
1 large garlic clove pressed or minced
1/2 t Italian seasoning
1/3 c extra virgin olive oil

Combine everything except olive oil in a bowl or a 2 c measuring cup. Mix well. (I use the measuring cup because it is easy to pour when it is finished.)
Now drizzle in the olive oil and using a mini whisk, slowly blend the oil into the vinegar mixture to create an emulsion.

(We used all the dressing, but you may have a lighter hand than we do.)

4x6" square of cornbread cut into big cubes (Bake these in 1 T olive oil in a 300 oven for about 20 minutes until they dry out and become croutons. Stir occasionally and don't let them burn)
3 1/2 c of greens (I used spinach and arugula)
1 c shredded roasted chicken (I use deli chicken if I don't have leftovers)
10 baby tomatoes quartered or halved
2 t shopped dates or golden raisins
1/2 of an avocado cubed
1/2 c sliced almonds
2 oz goat or feta cheese
2 green onions sliced thin
1/3 c drained corn  or fresh if you have it

Mix all together and toss with dressing. Serve to a macho man-or not!

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  1. Call me a macho man...I would love this salad. You are too zany and I love that too! I watched the Beatles the other night and it was so good I watched it again last night. Fabulous show wasn't it?

    1. The only bad thing was I missed the very beginning so I missed Adam! Bummer! It is a great salad!

  2. LOL! The Macho salad looks.. well.. really sexy and I am sure human species of the feminine kind would love it too. Enjoy your Hair appointment!

    1. Thanks Ansh! First time I've had someone else do it in years. It felt great! And looks way better than I do! Yes, I do love this salad!

  3. Odd name, but who cares? Looks like a nice, robust salad. I don't often do cornbread croutons, and should -- they're so great. Lotta good stuff in this salad. Really fun -- and funny! -- post. Thanks.

    1. Thanks, John! the cornbread croutons really make it!

  4. haha love that you call it a macho salad. I'm sure my husband will feel very macho when he eats it. ;)

    Amanda // Happily Ever After

  5. Macho or not...this is a GREAT looking salad, Abbe. Those cornbread croutons are awesome!

  6. Too funny and now I have that Macho Man song in my head. I'm not sure about the salad but I definitely want to dry that dressing! Popping by from SITS.

    1. The salad is great and the dressing is out of this world! Thanks Anitra!

  7. Haha - I like the idea of a macho salad since I really like mine to be hearty and filling. This looks really fresh and delicious!

    1. Macho salad is the way to make everyone happy. Thanks, Amy!

  8. My man loves salad....but it's funny when he has salad for dinner if it doesn't have enough protein I find him with a spoon in the peanut butter jar later in the evening! The dressing sounds delicious! Stopping by from SITS. Your blog is beautiful! #SITSblogging.

  9. My husband loves salad, and in warmer months I often come up with main dish variations. This one looks very good!

  10. That dressing sounds amazing Abbe! Can't wait to try it. Happy Valentine's Day! :D

  11. Now I have a craving for salad. You had me at oranges and almonds. Yum! I don't think I ever knew what the real definition was for macho. Turns out I do know a few macho men. :) Visiting from SITS

  12. I think Macho Man is going to be running through my brain all night :) This looks like a terrific salad...full of lots of yummy textures and flavors...perfect.

  13. Lol..!! Hilarious, Abbe. Thanks to you, it's now in my head that macho salad should come with a lot of meat...lean. This is a beautiful salad, by the way ;)

  14. man salad=nothing but condiments, zero lettuce. you're welcome

  15. I'll be humming Nacho Man all morning now, thank you very much!

    I think your macho salad is a very good salad indeed. I love the combination.

  16. Abbe I just smiled all the way through this post - you are such a fun, creative writer and I bet you have a great time in the kitchen! Yes it was 60 degrees in Denver while Virginia got a foot of snow - oh well. It's almost spring! Did you enjoy the warm weather? I bet it was sooooo nice - and I know this salad was great. I guess it's macho because it's less sweet than some dressings. Who knows - if it taste great - who cares?!? Have a great week!

  17. Abbé, you crack us up! You are so funny and we love the macho baby photo! Thanks for a delicious salad recipe !

  18. Haha now I feel macho because I love this salad :D
    It looks like the best of everything stuffed into one refreshing dish!

    Choc Chip Uru

  19. HA! i actually often think of salads as masculine or feminine, and that's largely due to Mr. Table's input, i think. salad with fruit? typically feminine, although dried fruit can go either way. Salads with meat or strong dressing? masculine. and so it goes. I'm happy to report, however, that both the masculine and feminine delegates from our house would love to eat this particular salad. :)

  20. I didn't watch The Beatles. I'm not a big fan and I'm way too into the Olympics. I love unique salads, but my Dad likes any kind of salad. He won't eat dinner without one in fact.

  21. your post made me sing the macho man song! haha! lovely salad!

  22. Abbe: You are so funny! Words in my mother language has gender. Salad (salada) is feminine. :) I am guessing that this salad was named macho because it is rustic, robust -- yet quite delish. :)

  23. I used to work at Bandera, where this originated and is served. The name came about from a sick primate that one of the owners' friends worked with. The only thing the primate would eat was this salad, and his name happened to be Macho. Hence... This was the story told to employees, at least. It had nothing to do with gender. JMR