Salads get a bad rep for being boring rabbit food. However with a little creativity, you can easily transform salads into a satisfying, tasty dinner. Below I outlined the basic formula for a foolproof salad, and underneath that my “Kitchen Sink Salad”is one I threw together last week that turned out to be a new favorite!
Basic Salad Formula:
Low calorie veggie base (spinach, kale, other lettuces, spaghetti squash, spiralized zucchini or carrots)
Chopped raw veggies (carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, etc.)
Protein (chickpeas, lentils, beans, quinoa, poached egg, or your choice animal protein)
Healthy fats (nuts, seeds, avocado)
Extras (fruit, sun dried tomatoes, crunchy chickpeas, sesame seeds)
1/2 spaghetti squash
A few heaping handfuls of spinach
1-2 cups chopped veggies
Handful sundried tomatoes
1/2 cup chickpeas
2 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
1-2 tbsp dressing of choice (I used La Cucina Antica Low Fat Italiano)
1. Layer all ingredients in a bowl.
2. Toss with dressing and serve.