We can all agree that eating more salad and vegetables is on most people’s to-do list.
The easiest way to get that done is to include a salad with at least two meals a day. Ideally, if you could pair a small salad with lunch and a big whopping salad with supper, you would be well on your way to consuming an ideal amount of veggies.
This will help you feel full longer, feed your healthy gut bacteria, give you a great source of nutrients and phytonutrients (helping you keep that youthful glow). They can contribute to healthy bones and they are a source of magnesium (which is depleted by stress and helps you sleep). And who doesn’t want that?
And another awesome benefit is that eating salad regularly will help keep things moving smoothly through your colon. That means regular poops! And, really….tell me that doesn’t sound amazing!
So today I am giving you my favourite salad recipes. On days when you are rushed, go for the Lazy (Wo)Man’s salad and on days when you are looking for a masterpiece, go for the kale salad (just remember to make it slightly ahead of time so that the flavours can fully develop).
Here are my five favourite salad recipes.
1. Blueberry & Goat’s Cheese Salad
Prep Time: 5 minutes
- 127 g container organic mixed greens
- 1 4 ounce container of fresh organic blueberries
- 6 fresh, organic strawberries (optional)
- 3 green onions, chopped
- 1/3 cup goat’s cheese
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
- Add mixed greens, blueberries, strawberries if using, and green onions to a bowl.
- Crumble goat’s cheese on top.
- Mix the olive oil and balsamic vinegar in a separate, small jar.
- Toss salad with dressing.
2. The Traditional Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
- 1 red, yellow or orange pepper
- 1 small red onion (or half a medium), chopped fine
- 1 head organic romaine lettuce
- 6 mushrooms thinly sliced (optional)
- 6 strawberries thinly sliced (optional)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- Add the pepper, onion, lettuce (and mushrooms and strawberries if using) to a bowl.
- Mix the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and Dijon mustard in separate small container.
- Add dressing to salad and toss to combine.
3. The Lazy-(Wo)Man’s Salad
Prep Time: 2 minutes
- 127 g package mixed greens
- a handful of dried cranberries
- Bonfire Fish Oil, liquid form
- Add mixed greens to a bowl.
- Toss in cranberries.
- Squeeze some Bonfire fish oil on and toss.
4. Apple Pecan Kale Salad
My all-time favorite salad is the Apple Pecan Kale Salad. This is that salad…It’s the one that people ask about. The one that gets people asking “Who made this salad? Can you give me the recipe?”
The one that you keep thinking about after dinner…
It does take a bit more work, but it is totally worth it. It’s pretty, it’s delicious…and it has feta cheeseJ.
You can find that HERE.
5. By Design Broccoli Salad
And I will throw in one more delish salad for good measure…(I’m not even sure what that saying means, but it sounds about right). Check out our By Design Broccoli Salad. This one is very kid-friendly, especially if you toss in a handful of raisins!
I hope that you enjoy these salads and remember to include a salad with every meal (atleast lunch and dinner) to increase your veggie intake.
Let me know in the comments below what’s your favorite go-to salad recipe?
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