Not Just Another Salad Recipe


What makes this salad recipe different?

I get tired of salads. I always try to spruce mine up. My salad recipe MUST be full of flavor and satisfying. I don’t want to be hungry in two hours and be tempted with chocolate. (truth be told, I’m always tempted by chocolate!)

Keep your salad recipe balanced with the big 4:

  1. High fiber
  2. Complex carbohydrates
  3. Protein
  4. Good fats

Check out how easy this healthy salad recipe is!

Easy. Delicious. Healthy.

  1. You can prep it ahead of time: Assemble the salad and take it to work/eat it the next day.
  2. Sometimes I’ll prep a big bowl for the week for my hubby and I and keep it in a closed container in the fridge. If you make 4 servings, just measure out 1/4 of the salad so you know how much you are eating.
  3. Assemble the day before and serve at a picnic, cookout, or any gathering!

If you prep ahead of time, keep the dressing on the side until right before eating/serving. How simple and delicious is that for healthy eating?

Not Just Another Salad Recipe
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Serves: 1
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli (I often mix my broccoli with kale to get in those healthy greens!)
  • 2 TBS dried cranberries (Use the fruit juice sweetened - no sugar added. Whole Foods carries them.)
  • 1 TBS chopped/minced walnuts (I toast mine for added flavor)
  • ½ ounce soft goat cheese (or dairy-free cheese)
  • 1 TBS dressing (make your own or use a dressing like Annie's Organic Raspberry vinaigrette. No added sugar! If you want more dressing, add some apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar.)
  • 4 ounces turkey or chicken (white meat) OR ½ cup steamed edamame
  1. Measure out your baby spinach. Chop up broccoli (and kale, if using).
  2. Dice your walnuts. (I keep toasted walnuts in the fridge so I have them on hand. Toasted nuts have more flavor than raw nuts). You're meant to use ½ TBS of diced nuts. Otherwise, you'll end up with one big walnut on your salad. That's disappointing. 🙂
  3. Chop up turkey or chicken.*
Put It Together
  1. Add protein, the fruit juice sweetened dried cranberries, and diced nuts to salad.
  2. Crumble goat cheese over salad.*
Toss and Taste
  1. Add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper to taste. Add dressing. Toss and taste.
  2. If you are used to more dressing, add some red wine or balsamic vinegar. You don't want to add too much dressing fat to a salad. This will work against weight loss or maintenance efforts!
*If You are Vegan/Vegetarian
  1. Eliminate the goat cheese and double the nuts.
  2. Eliminate the meat and add ½ cup of cooked soybeans.
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If you have time, mix up a quick White Balsamic Dressing. It’s great on this salad!

Congrats, you just had 3 cups of veggies, solid protein, and a mix of good fats.

Did this salad work for you? Let me know!

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