Summery Salad Vibes
I used to be on a “protein milkshake” kick, especially in the hotter months But lately I’ve found that I just can’t drink something and expect to be somewhat full. This is why I don’t juice… i’m the person that needs to chew food to feel satiated. I know some of you are thinking, “but juicing extracts all the nutrients, etc. etc., that you don’t get from chewing, and you get more vitamins, and this and that”, and whatever. Hey, to each their own. I’m good with chewing my veggies. So the same concept right now goes for protein milkshakes, which were the bomb by the way! I’d mix protein powder with unsweetened almond milk, add in some oat fiber, maybe some spinach and berries, or half a banana, and BAM. Protein Milkshake. Sometimes I used coffee and it was like a healthy protein frap.
But those days are behind me right now. Salads are all the rage at the moment. Especially this glorious salad that I’m calling my salad of the summer. It’s full of different flavors and textures and healthy fats, and is so filling. Every day I’ve been making it and every day I think to myself, “hmm.. does this need more color?” And the answer is no. I like greens. Greens are healthy and good for you, and no one gets enough. So if I have to eat a salad that’s all green plus a lot of protein, I’m down. Add in some delicious fat like avocado and it turns into some next level goodness. By the way, have you seen avocados lately? This is the perfect time for them because although they’re expensive, they are massive and delicious. Flavor on point, everything about them perfect. So yeah, I’m eating at least half an avocado a day. It’s replaced a lot of my almond butter intake (gasp!). But it’s such a good pure fat, and so filling and loaded with so many good for you vitamins as well. They’re so nutrient dense and basically kind of a superfood. But I’m not here to sell you on avocado, because if you don’t know the benefits, or more importantly, if you don’t LIKE them.. then whaaat?! I don’t even know how to proceed at that point. Moving on…
Make yourself this salad. Load it with these ingredients. You can even add more things if you want… cute little cherry tomatoes would give it color, or some roasted sweet potato. Now, I have to say, the actual leafy greens I put in this salad are minimal and that’s because I’m the person who wants the busiest salad when I go out but I just want the “busy” part of it all, I don’t really care about the green leafy stuff too toooo much. So you may not ever see me going crazy for this big kale or spinach salad… but you may see me going crazy for this kale/brussels sprouts/chicken/nuts/veggie salad. Get it?
Now just so you know, I usually eyeball ingredients when I’m cooking because I have a little more liberty than baking, so today I actually attempted to measure this dijon vinaigrette to be able to share it… the disclaimer is that the ratio of the ingredients are going to be up to each individual, because someone likes more dijon and someone likes less vinegar, etc.. You get it. Just play around with this base recipe and go from there. Cool thing about vinaigrettes is that the sky is the limit. Add whatever you want, spices, herbs, whatever. Dijon is usually a winner always in vinaigrettes and can be mixed with balsamic vinegar also, and sometimes I’ll use that, but for now, I’m gonna label myself a white wine vinegar fan.
**Extra tip for vinaigrettes is that you can use them as a marinade. So it’s basically a double win.
Summer Protein Power Salad
- 1 Handful Mixed Greens and Spinach
- 5 Oz Chicken or Protein of choice
- 1/2 Avocado, chopped
- 2/3 Cup Steamed Green Beans, chopped
- 1 Persian Cucumber, sliced
- 1 Hard Boiled Egg, sliced
- 2/3 Cup Grated Zucchini
For the Dijon Vinaigrette, whisk together the following:
- 2/3 Tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Tbl White Wine Vinegar
- 3/4 Tsp Dijon Mustard
- Salt and Pepper to taste