Quinoa Black Bean Salad
Quinoa is a popular superfood right now. And for several good reasons.
Quinoa contains more protein than most grains. And its gluten-free.
Its also rich in antioxidants and bone-building minerals. However, quinoa can be pretty bland on its own.
But theres nothing bland about this Quinoa Black Bean Salad. Thats because the quinoa soaks up the tangy, spiciness of the salad dressing.
And its tossed with black beans and veggies. These veggies include cucumbers, bell peppers, carrots, and green onions.
So youre getting lots of natural sweetness and freshness too.
Roasted Chicken Or Tofu
Roasted chicken or tofu are two great things to have on hand if you want to add a complete protein to your salad . I keep roasted shredded chicken on hand not only to toss in salads, but to add to sandwiches as well. Heres my post on how to roast chicken breasts.
For those of you that are vegetarian or vegan and want a complete protein, check out my miso roasted tofu recipe. I use this miso roasted tofu in everything from salads, to cold soba noodles, to my vegetarian banh mi sandwiches.
Watermelon Salad With Feta & Cucumber
This watermelon salad recipe is truly easy: its just matter of chopping a few ingredients and throwing them together on a platter! Juicy watermelon, salty feta, and cool cucumber come together along with basil and lemon zest into something thats out-of-this-world good! Its a fantastic accessory for summer cookouts and potlucks.
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Weekly Salad Prep 101
Sorry Ive been MIA from the blog, but Ive been trying to focus my efforts full-time on my job search. Yes, Im officially out there trying to get back into the working world. I never realized that trying to find a job is actually a full-time job in itself. Its a process that I actually want to share with all of you, once I find that perfect job . I think my experience could help those of you moms and dads out there that are looking to get back into the workforce. Ive discovered so much about myself through this experience, and while its been excruciatingly difficult at times to fully put myself out there and to have to sell myself, its been an amazing self discovery into who I am and what I can do.
So with all that being said, Im so excited to share this post with you all today, as its just chock-full of helpful info. Its also real life for me, as its what Ive been doing in my own house to maintain and keep to a healthy eating routine, as my life gets busier and busier. This post contains tons of recipes, helpful and practical tips, scrumptious salad ideas, and I even have a grocery list for you all! Im trying to make cooking and eating healthy at home as simple and easy as possible!
Thai Chopped Chicken Salad
Craving Thai takeout? Have this instead.
On the menu is a chopped salad made with purple and green cabbage, carrots, red bell peppers, shredded chicken, and cucumber.
The fresh cilantro and green onions add a nice Thai spin. And the peanut dressing is amazing.
Its creamy, peanuty and has a nice balance of sweet and salty Youll want to use it on all your salads.
Besides being yummy, this salad is really nutritious Its packed with Vitamins A and C, so its good for your immune system.
Its also full of protein. So, its pretty filling too. Bon appetit!
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Mr Chows 5 Spice Baked Tofu Salad
The trick to this recipe is all the prep work. Perfect for those meatless Mondays or any other day of the week, this salad is both healthy and satisfying. Since theres no lettuce or leafy greens in this recipe, you dont have to worry about it becoming soggy, making it a perfect option to pack in advance and enjoy later in the week.
Sunday Night Salads: 5 Recipes To Make Ahead And Eat All Week
Whats more satisfying than looking into the fridge and having a solid understanding of what youre going to eat for the week? Prepping meals ahead of time answers the Whats for dinner? question we face every day.
These five salads, which have been designed with storage in mind, can be made on a Sunday night for eating throughout the week. While they all make excellent dinner options, lunch is where they prove their worth, making the ho-hum midday meal instantly more appealing.
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Blt Salmon Caesar Salad
If you love BLTs and Caesar salad, this recipe is for you. Combining the two classics, this dish is sure to be a hit. If you are planning on packing this in advance, feel free to use high-quality canned salmon and hard boiled eggs that will stay fresher for longer. Another tip make sure not to add the dressing until right before you eat, so it doesnt become soggy.
When Ready To Serve
Warm the protein and chop it bite-size, if needed. Add the protein to the pre-made salad greens and vegetables. Add the toppings of your choice, although Fritos are never optional.
Squeeze lime generously over the salad, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Or toss with your favorite salad dressing.
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With this eBook, if youre grocery shopping, meal planning, or just trying to eat a little bit healthier, youll have this information at your fingertips whenever you need it.
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Greek Mason Jar Salads
Cant get enough Mediterranean eats? Give these Greek Mason Jar Salads a try!
Theyre packed with yummy ingredients. Like salty kalamata olives, creamy feta cheese, sweet red onions, crunchy cucumbers, and juicy grapes tomatoes.
The garbanzo beans and shredded chicken make them extra filling.
These salad jars dont skimp on fiber either. Just one serving provides a quarter of your daily fiber needs.
Now, you will need some shredded chicken to make these salads. If you dont have any cooked chicken on hand, just hop over to your local grocery store and buy a rotisserie chicken.
Bbq Chicken Chopped Salad
Salads are good and all. But more often than not, salads involve lots of chopping.
And with all that chopping, requires patience. Not to mention, watching your fingers.
This BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad doesnt require a whole lot of chopping. Thats because youre using a bagged salad for part of the veggies.
So, it takes a lot of the work out of making the salad. And its pretty tasty too.
Thats because you are using a variety of tasty ingredients. Like shredded rotisserie chicken, hard-boiled eggs, crunchy bell peppers, sweet cherry tomatoes, and creamy cheddar cheese.
Now, you will still need to cut up some veggies. But not a whole lot- just cherry tomatoes, half a bell pepper, and an avocado.
To make cutting your avocado easier, and to save your fingers, you can simply use an avocado slicer like this.
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Easy Chopped Chicken Salad
This healthy chopped chicken salad is a great way to bring all the flavors of spring and summer to your table. It makes a great fresh lunch and is easy to use as a meal prep recipe.
Chicken salad is my readers favorite, especially my Chicken Salad with Spicy Mayo Dressing, my Grilled Chicken Avocado Salad, my Chimichurri Chicken Chopped Salad and my Pesto Chicken Salad Recipe. If you didnt check them out yet, youre missing something really good. Theyre all very healthy and easy to make just like this new chopped chicken salad that Im sharing today.
Its packed with fresh whole ingredients. Its gluten free and can accommodate nearly any eating plan. Its low carb so its perfect for paleo eating. All the fresh ingredients fit with the Whole30 diet.
Its great to eat as a lunch or side dish. And its just as easy to use for meal prep so you have healthy lunches ready for any busy day. Want some more salad recipes? Try these 50 Healthy Salad Recipes! Or if you want a protein packed side, try my Quick Easy Bean Salad. If youre in the mood for a tasty dessert after this salad, try my Strawberry Chia Pudding!
Chickpea Salad With Cucumbers & Tomatoes
Salads have a reputation for being expensive. But they dont have to be.
So, if youre looking for a salad that is budget-friendly, give this salad a try.
This salad is packed with flavor, and its pretty affordable. Thats because youre using chickpeas.
Chickpeas are a cheap source of plant-based protein. Just one cup of cooked chickpeas provides almost a third of your daily protein needs.
Its also rich in magnesium, phosphorus, and manganese, which you need for healthy bones. So, eat up those chickpeas.
To save even more money, its best to buy dried chickpeas instead of canned chickpeas. Then, to save time cooking them, simply use an Instant Pot.
If you dont have one yet, here is an Instant pot I use.
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Easy Summer Herb And Chickpea Chopped Salad With Goat Cheese
This salad may say summer in the title, but you can make it all year long. The ingredient that sets this off is quinoa . There is no cooking involved and setting it in the fridge for a couple of days makes the dressing and all the ingredients marinade together for a delightful lunch. Half Baked Harvest sets it up nicely.
Do you have a favorite salad recipe that is easy for work-a-day people to make and take with them for lunch? Share it in the comments below. Happy salad making!
How To Serve Your Cobb Salad
I like to hold off on dressing my salads until right before it is time to eat. My favorite dressing to use on a cobb is a lemon-herb tahini dressing because it has a similar tangy flavor to blue cheese which is traditionally used on cobb salads. Another great salad dressing option is this jalapeño ranch that is also completely dairy-free!
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Easy Detox Salad In A Jar
I love meat, as Im sure many of you do too. But once in a while, its a good idea to detox by just eating plants.
This easy detox salad doesnt have an ounce of meat. All it contains are veggies, legumes, nuts, and seeds with tons of health benefits.
Like cucumbers, onions, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, spinach, and chickpeas. Its a powerhouse of nutrition.
And for crunch and extra protein, you add some almonds and pumpkin seeds.
The homemade salad dressing is equally as nutritious. You have your heart-healthy fats from the olive oil, Vitamin C from the lemon, and antioxidants from the garlic.
Whats more, this salad takes only 10 minutes to make. So, its great for those times when youre short on time.
Day 8 Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Tofu Salad
Roasted Brussels sprouts and crispy pan-seared tofu with agave-sesame glaze, on a bed of juicy baby spinach & butter lettuce.
While this recipe does require making several components, everything comes together so well and youd be left wanting for more.
Recipe for the Roasted Brussels Sprouts Trim off the nubby ends and slice each sprout in half from the flat base through to the top. In a large bowl, combine the halved sprouts, 1/2 tbs olive oil, and salt to taste. Toss well. Then arrange the sprouts in a baking sheet, in an even layer with the flat sides facing down. you can also pan-roast the sprouts in a similar way until they are tender and deeply golden on the edges. If using an oven then roast them for 20-25 minutes at 425 F. You could garnish this with parmesan shavings if you like.
Recipe for the Tofu with Agave-sesame glaze Heat a pan with 1/2 tbs olive oil and toss in the cubed tofu until its roasted on both sides. You can find tips for preparing the Tofu here. Next, whisk together the vinegar & agave in a small bowl. Add in the ginger and chilly flakes and gently pour everything over the roasted tofu. Let it all come to a light simmer for about 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds & season lightly with salt.
And we topped it with some English cucumbers, and cranberries soaked in red wine. Because delicious & boozy is allowed on weekday lunches right? Just soak the cranberries in wine until all the liquid is absorbed and the berries puff up. That simple.
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What’s For Dinner This Week: Summer Salads Fresh Corn And Zucchini And More Easy Recipes
Wondering what to make for dinner? Need some inspiration? Here’s our list of suggestions: dinner recipes that take less than an hour of mostly hands-off time. Yes, there will be pasta and, yes, it will be delicious. We’ll be here every Friday with five weeknight dinners, including recipes, shopping lists, and everything you need to streamline your week ahead.
It’s salad week at What’s for Dinner, because it’s August and it’s hotand there is so much wonderful produce available right now. And really, just about anything can be considered salad, from grilled vegetables with grains to salmon with potatoes, green beans, and corn in a summery take on the classic Niçoise. Even pizza with kale and grilled vegetables can be considered a salad. If your family thinks they don’t like salad for dinner, we think these delicious, summery versions will change their mind.
The produce and fresh ingredients you need to buy for your meals this week:
Peanut Crunch Salad In A Jar
Salads in a jar are all the rage right now. After all, whats not to love about them?
Theyre tasty and easy to prepare. As an extra bonus, you can eat them right out of the jarno extra dishes needed.
This salad in a jar tastes amazing. The crunchiness of the cabbage goes perfectly with the grittiness of the cooked quinoa.
The edamame beans, carrots, and green onions add lots of color and freshness.
And the peanut butter dressing is the icing on top of the cake, ahem, salad. It is packed with peanut butter goodness.
Besides being tasty, this salad is good for you too. Its packed with plant-based protein.
Youll also be glad to know that just one serving provides a whopping 40% of your daily fiber needs too.
To make it, youll need some Mason jars. So, make sure you have those handy. If you dont have any, here are some of my favorite mason jars.
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Asparagus Salad With Feta
Want a salad recipe thats as tasty as it is versatile? Enter: asparagus salad! Its got savory sauteed asparagus, cooked up in a hot pan for a few minutes then spritzed with lemon. Serve on a bed of greens and sprinkle with peppery radishes and feta crumbles. A zingy Dijon mustard dressing tops it off! Even better: you can serve as a side dish, or add cooked quinoa and make it a main dish salad.
More Healthy Mason Jar Salad Recipes
The thing with mason jar meals is that they are so quick and easy to make they become addictive. This is what happens with all mason jar recipes. Mason jar salads included. I can guarantee! But the thing is, I dont want you to be bored, which will happen if you make the same salad in a jar every week. So more mason jar recipes are in order then.
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Variations For Meal Prep Salads
- meatballs or falafel, hummus, tzatziki, feta cheese
- tuna or shrimp, potato, tomatoes, green beans, vinaigrette
- chicken, fruit, nuts, goat cheese crumbles, vinaigrette
- turkey, bacon, avocado, onion, blue cheese, hard cooked egg, ranch
- ham, cheddar, peas, corn, tomatoes, egg, cheddar cubes, ranch
- black beans, tomatoes, sliced jalapeños, avocado, shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream
Easy Side Salad Recipes
These quick and easy side salads will complement just about any meal. And bonus, most of them only require 10 minutes to make cant beat that!
- Easy Cucumber Salad: This light, cooling salad is as easy as slicing up some cucumbers and red onions, and tossing them with fresh dill, and a lightly sweetened vinaigrette.
- Massaged Kale Salad: Wonder how to get your kale super soft in a salad? Just massage it with olive oil! Then pair it with some lemon juice, salt, and fresh parmesan for the perfect winter side salad.
- Israeli Salad: Inspired by my travels to Israel, this vibrant, fresh salad is always my go-to for a summer side. Its a mound of fresh tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, onion, and loads of fresh herbs. Just how I like it.
- Lentil Salad with Cucumber: This throw-together salad is a combo of fresh veggies and lentils, with hints of sweet dates. A sweet and savory combo!
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With These Exciting Pasta Salad Recipes You Can Enjoy A Delicious And Healthy Meal Even On A Weekday
- Pastas can be healthy as well!
- Enjoy pasta salad for a delicious treat
- Find the recipes down below!
We can’t help but crave something delicious, even on a weekday! If it were up to us, we would be indulging in pasta and pizza every day, but we all know that it is not a healthy choice for our lifestyle. But what if we were told that there is a way to eat pasta without worrying about our health? This is where the pasta salad comes to our rescue! Loaded with vegetables, the pasta salad offers the best flavours of pasta with the goodness of vitamins and nutrients provided by the vegetables. With these exciting pasta salad recipes, you can enjoy a delicious and healthy meal, even on a weekday.