Not Your Average Salad
Most people think of a salad as the standard, run-of-the-mill house salad served up at many restaurants.
The lack of creativity around this common salad makes most turn their nose up to the idea of having a salad as a meal. BUT, I am here to tell you, salads can be so much more than boring! In fact, as a Certified Health and Wellness Coach, I eat a salad meal almost every day. Here are 7 of my favorite salad ingredients to help you begin exploring the world of salads as delicious meals!
Making Me Nuts Salad
Ingredients: Spinach, dried cranberries, nutritional yeast, mixed nuts (cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios), diced avocado, light poppy seed dressing
Hercules’ Greek Salad
Ingredients: Diced cucumber, diced tomato, feta cheese, diced green bell pepper, sliced purple onion, kalamata olives, greek dressing (OR make your own using extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, oregano and basil)
Ingredients: Spring greens, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, roasted pistachios, crumbled blue cheese, grilled sweet onion, honey-lemon dressing
Fall For Me Salad
Ingredients: Kale, sliced roasted butternut squash, halved roasted brussel sprouts, pumpkin seeds, diced apples, farro, light honey mustard salad dressing
La Celebración Salad
Ingredients: Romaine lettuce, tortilla strips, diced tomato, corn, roasted red bell pepper, black beans, diced avocado, honey-lime dressing (OR make your own using lime juice, olive oil, honey, finely chopped fresh cilantro and chopped jalapeno pepper)
Thai Me Up
Ingredients: Chopped Napa cabbage or shredded coleslaw, scallions, edamame, diced yellow bell pepper, sliced carrots, sauteed peanuts, sliced cucumber, peanut dressing
Not your Average House Salad
Ingredients: Mixed greens, shredded carrot, dice roma tomato, sliced cucumber, sliced boiled egg, chickpeas, balsamic vinaigrette.
Just like any meal, portion size is important for maintaining a well-rounded, nutrient ]-dense and calorically-modest meal. As you explore these recipes and your own, be sure to follow appropriate portion sizes for each ingredient, especially the calorically-dense ingredients like dressing, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, beans, meat and so on. But more importantly, ENJOY exploring this world of delicious salad meals!
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– CASEY EDMONDS, CHC
Health Advisor | Email Casey