I've talked about spinach before here. How I don't quite like it. How, by itself, it basically tastes like dirt and, despite being an experimental eater as a child (clover, carrots dipped in milk, paper), I was never into putting dirt in my mouth.
Well, that's kind of changed. The not really being into spinach thing - not the putting dirt in my mouth (I do not endorse dirt in the mouth. That would be unpleasant and unhygienic). So I have been putting a lot of spinach in my mouth lately - in the form of smoothies and, just recently, saag paneer (I never knew wilted spinach could taste so good - so good!), but mostly, in the form of this salad. It combines some of my favourite things - avocado, cumin, cilantro - and makes consuming a ginormous pile of greens exciting. Okay, maybe just to me it's exciting. But in my defence, I don't really have a life. I just read The Hunger Games trilogy in three days this week - that's how much of a life I have. Also shows how I make responsible, grown-up Life Choices. Such as staying up past 2 a.m. reading a young adult novel.
But I digress. I was talking about spinach. Why this sudden obsession with Popeye's favourite veg? (Well, aside from my neurotic fears that if I don't eat green things my limbs might start falling off, I'll go blind, or Stephanie Meyer will write another Twilight book.) One word: Chinatown. And 3 lb bags of spinach for $3.99. No joke. I couldn't say no to that kind of deal. And I was determined to bring more greens into my life. And with 3 lbs of spinach, I would have to eat tons of greens.
And so this salad was born. I haven't stopped eating greens since.