Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Everything salad

This is one of my favourite go-to lunches. It's big, it's beautiful and as delicious as it is filling. I make it with whatever I have in the fridge, everything but the kitchen sink, as they say, so it ends up being different every time. Throw together some greens, veggies, a protein, herbs and dress this baby up in your favourite salad dressing and dig in! I try to include some kind of protein or else I end up feeling hungry no matter how many lovely veggies are in it. You can pick and choose the ingredients you want and make a new version any day based on what is in your fridge. The beauty of this salad is that it's hard to go wrong and it's so quick! Fresh herbs aren't always easy to find but the amazing flavour makes them well worth another trip around the produce section.

Today's salad featured spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, pickles, feta, chickpeas and parsley with my balsamic vinaigrette. So good.

*Note* To all you moms out there, for Sophie I slice up extra veggies and cheese, add some toast or wrap to make a nice picnic lunch. No need to make a separate meal!

Everything Salad

Ingredients: (choose one of each of the following categories for a nicely balanced salad)
I've included approximate quantities for one large portion of salad - multiply accordingly!

Greens - 2 handfuls
Any lettuce torn up, baby greens or baby spinach

Veggies - 1 to 1 1/12 cup 
Any combination of the following
- tomatoes
- cucumbers
- peppers
- pickles
- mushrooms
- grated carrot
- grated zucchini

Protein - 1/4 to 1/2 cup  
Choose one or combine two (bacon and eggs! hehe)
- chicken
- bacon
- tuna
- chickpeas
- hardboiled eggs
- feta
- quinoa
- nuts (walnuts, peanuts, almonds)
- seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, sesame)

Herbs - 2 tbsp
Optional for when you can find them
- basil
- parsley
- mint
- oregano

Vinaigrette - 2 tbsp
Use storebought or make your own

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