With the many bites of delicious peanut butter I’ve been eating lately, I figured it was time to up my veggies. And what better way to do that than to make an enormous salad beast containing every color from the rainbow! (Don’t worry peanut butter, I’ll always have room for you. And YOU still have time to enter the PB Crave giveaway!)
Step 1: Start with a base. I’m not so much a romaine, iceberg, mixed greens, or any of the typical salad lettuce bases kind of gal. I have nothing against them, and love ordering them when out, I just never make those types of salads at home. I prefer to start with a bag of broccoli cole slaw. The particular bag I use is from my local grocery and contains hearts of broccoli, carrots, and red cabbage.
Step 2: Load up with the colors of the rainbow! I use whatever I have on hand, really paying attention to incorporating a variety of colors. Last night I used 2 red peppers, 2 large carrots, 1 cob of corn, 2 stalks of celery, 1 green pepper, 1 apple, a handful of raisins, and a bunch of sunflower seeds. And itz always more fun to make it look pretty!
Step 3: Make your own dressing. Most store-bought salad dressings are laden with fat and high fructose corn syrup (especially the creamy versions). Yuck. Making your own is much healthier, just as easy, and probably more cost-effective. I always start with an avocado, mash it up, then add other ingredients. Last night included: 1/2 cup of plain nonfat yogurt, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon lime juice, dash of garlic powder, a little fresh pepper, and a few squirts of sriracha (we like it hot!). It doesn’t look very pretty, but it does taste good – I promise!
Step 4: Mix it all up and WA-LAH! You’ve got yourself a nutritious, colorful salad beast! I make such a large portion that it suffices for dinner, and several lunches.
Usually, I would make sure there is some type of protein source in there. We did have sunflower seeds which adds a little protein, but most of the time I add beans or a lean meat. Last night, we had leftover meat for our dinner and the salad was just a side. It was Jonny-approved though!
What are your favorite colorful foods for salads?