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The Best Greek Chopped Salad

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The Best Greek Chopped Salad


Salad Ingredients

*Feel free to use any combination of vegetables and protein that you enjoy!

  • Mixed greens or chopped romaine

  • Diced tomatoes

  • Diced cucumber

  • Diced red onion

  • Kalamata olives

  • Diced chicken

  • Crumbled feta cheese

  • Chickpeas (optional)

Dressing Ingredients

*Feel free to use a store bought Greek dressing with simple ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar

  • 1 heaping tbsp Dijon mustard

  • juice of 1/2 large lemon

  • 1 large tsp dried oregano

  • 1 tsp honey

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Whisk together salad dressing ingredients and set aside.

  2. Assemble Greek salad bowls

  3. Enjoy!

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How to Build Healthy and Satisfying Salads

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Salads are one of those meals that have gotten a bad reputation as being a “diet” food – aka food that is low calorie, doesn’t taste great, and isn’t very filling. I am here to stop that way of thinking!

I love salads because they’re generally easy to make, they allow me to get creative with all sorts of fun flavors, and they have the ability to be super nutritious and satisfying when done right. 

Below is my formula for making nutritious + satisfying salads!


Step one: Choose a Base

Arugula

Romaine

Kale

Spinach

Spring mix

Shredded brussels

Butter lettuce

Shredded cabbage


Step two: Choose your veggies (2-4)

Cucumber

Tomato

Onion

Bell pepper

Broccoli

Carrots

Artichokes

Beets

Radish

Roasted cauliflower


Step three: Choose a carbohydrate

Roasted sweet potato

Roasted butternut squash

Brown rice

Quinoa

Chickpeas or lentils


Step four: Choose a protein

Boiled eggs

Chicken or turkey

Lean beef

Salmon

Shrimp

Jalapeno cilantro turkey meatballs

Tempeh or tofu


Step five: Add a fat

Sliced avocado

Cashews

Walnuts

Sunflower or pumpkin seeds

Olives

Crumbled goat cheese

Crumbled feta

Step 6: Dress it up!


Olive oil + balsamic vinegar

Pesto

Tahini + lemon + honey

Jalapeno Cilantro Lime dressing

Spicy Peanut Sauce

Mustard Balsamic Dressing


Optional Flavor Boosters

Fresh herbs like cilantro, basil, parsley, mint, dill

Fruit like citrus slices, apple, pears, peaches, berries, pomegranate seeds


What are some of your favorite salad toppings? Let me know in the comments below!

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Favorite Quinoa Salad with Lemon Goat Cheese and Dill

I know what you’re thinking: “ANOTHER quinoa salad recipe?!”. Here me out. Quinoa is a nutritional powerhouse (protein, fiber, vitamins & minerals helllooo!) but it also just makes killer base for allll the toppings and fun flavors.

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This quinoa salad is loaded with crunchy veggies along with fresh dill, lemon, goat cheese and sunflower seeds. The flavors in this meal are hands down some of my favorite. Make ahead on Sunday and enjoy for various meals throughout the week!


Favorite Quinoa Salad with Lemon Goat Cheese and Dill

Serves 4-6


Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa, cooked according to package instructions

  • 2 bell peppers, diced

  • 1 large English cucumber, diced

  • 1/4 red onion, finely diced

  • 3 handfuls of roughly chopped spinach

  • 1 cans of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 1 large bunch of fresh dill, finely chopped

  • 1/2 cup roasted unsalted sunflower seeds + more for topping

  • 1/3-1/2 cup olive oil

  • Juice of 2 lemons (adjust to the amount of lemon you like! I added a little more at the end)

  • 6 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

  • Season liberally with garlic powder, salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Mix ingredients together in a large bowl. Top with more sunflower seeds and enjoy!

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