We all know that one of the pillars of a healthy diet is eating plenty of veggies (at least 5 servings a day). The easiest ways to do this is by adding more salads to your meals or, better yet, making a salad your meal at least once a day.
On most days, my lunch is a big salad mixed with some healthy fats and protein; but some days, I’m just not feeling it (let’s face it who wants to eat a salad on a cold wintery day). On those days I try to fill at least 50% of my plate with veggies. For me, this usually means making a hearty soup and adding a smaller side salad. If salads are not your thing try making veggies (cooked or raw) the center of your meal and consider the other components the sides.
To motivate you to eat some more veggies, I thought I would share my “go to” salads and dressings. I usually make a big batch of 1-2 types of dressing so that I have them ready to go all week. Not only are they super easy to make, but they also taste so much better than the processed bottled stuff. A little prep beforehand means you’ll have an easy and delicious grab and go meal.
These salads can be easily made into a full meal with the addition of a healthy protein like grilled chicken, salmon, hard-boiled eggs, quinoa or chickpeas.
What are your favorite veggies and salads?
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Pairs well with the Apple Cider Vinaigrette
To make this a meal add one of these:
½ cup cooked quinoa
Mix everything together in a large bowl then add 2-3 tablespoons of salad dressing and toss.
This is my basic vinaigrette. It’s super versatile and can be used on any salad. I love it in a simple mixed greens salad, with cherry tomatoes a few toasted pine nuts and cranberries.
Put everything in a glass jar and shake it. Keep leftovers in the fridge.
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