How in the world is it Friday already? This week just flew by.
Last Friday, I went into a serious cooking mode. I made a healthy birthday cake (recipe coming soon), helped my boyfriend meal prep, and made a tasty meal prepped salad to take on the Charleston trip with me. This salad was so delicious and flavorful that I could have eaten it for almost every meal, and that’s pretty much what I did. When I finish this post, I’m heading to the grocery store to grab more salad ingredients and food for the week. My fridge is emptier than a grocery store during a blizzard. I’ll also be prepping some veggies for the weekend, so stay tuned on my Insta story! 🙂 I may even whip up a healthy banana bread with the extra-ripe bananas sitting on my counter.
I will forever love salads.
They are so delicious, easy to change-up, filling, and healthy! Well, healthy when you know what’s in them. I love to change up the ingredients to make them fun and interesting. They also take hardly any time to make!
You can make cold salads, warm salads, vegan salads, gluten-free salads, dairy free salads, vegetarian salads…ok you get it.
This salad has…
Avocado (health benefits)
Red Onion (health benefits)
Pears (health benefits)
Brussels Sprouts (health benefits)
Pumpkin Seeds (health benefits)
Pecans (health benefits)
Kale (health benefits)
Butternut Squash (health benefits)
Cinnamon (health benefits)
Protein: Eggs (health benefits)
Green Goddess Dressing (find it here)
Butternut squash adds so much flavor and texture to salads. I used to get butternut squash in all of my salads at Chopt! That is what gave me the inspo for adding butternut squash to my salads. Simply toss the chopped butternut squash in a little olive oil and bake for twenty minutes at 400 degrees! Toss the baked butternut squash with cinnamon and allow it to cool. I find that adding the cinnamon after baking helps it from tasting like burnt cinnamon.
The reason I choose kale for food prep salads is because it’s strong and doesn’t wilt like the other leafy greens. I can toss it in dressing, and it gets better over time!
I never buy bagged kale because they ALWAYS have stems. The stems make kale bitter, which is why a lot of people don’t like kale. I buy it fresh and separate the leaves from the stems. I always use a pizza slicer to chop it like restaurants. I have a salad chopper, but I find that the pizza slicer is less messy and chops the lettuce better.
Another quick note about chopping and then I promised I’m finished. I only like my kale chopped. I don’t like my other toppings chopped because then it feels likes a scavenger hunt in a bowl of mush. I like the chunky toppings! Now, I sound like a weirdo 🙂
I massaged the kale with Green Goddess dressing. I have been LOVING all of the Tessemae’s dressings. They are so wholesome and clean. If you’re going to eat a salad for health, might as well make sure each element is healthy. Because the dressing contains lemon, it helps keeps the vegetables fresh! This helped the avocados and pears from browning.
And what’s a salad without crunch? I love adding a couple crunchy toppers! These pumpkin seeds are phenomenal. I tried these for the first time at a CVS event in NYC and was instantly hooked. Superseedz are life 🙂
Sauteed butternut squash…yum! I sauteed some brussels sprouts and then placed them in the freezer for them to cool down faster before adding them to my salad. You don’t want to add warm food to the salad, or it’ll wilt down.
I don’t add extra dressing to the fillers because I love the flavor they add on their own. Add all the ingredients to the bowl and give it a good toss!
You can add any protein you want! I added hard boiled eggs 🙂 You don’t have to add any at all, and you can use this salad as a side to your baked chicken, cooked tofu, fresh fish, or whatever you choose! It’s just convenient to keep a giant prepped salad around for when you’re hungry and need a quick fix.
Mine came in handy during my trip to Charleston! 🙂 I’ve already had a lot of you send me photos of the salad you created after seeing this on my Instagram story and I loved that! The avocado brownies have been a big hit as well! 😀
Alright, now I’m off to the grocery store!
Questions for you!
- What is one food you like to have prepped always?
- Kale or NO?
- One odd salad topper that you think I’d like?