I don’t know if you have noticed yet but I really love salads. I love a big ol’ salad because I can get in a bunch of nutrients, protein and fats all in on one plate. I keep my salads pretty simple and I just truly love the taste of them. I never get sick of salads, it’s weird.
I have had a few readers request a list of my favorites so here ya go!
Steak and Gorgonzola Heaven
Steak, spinach, avocado, gorgonzola cheese and sautéed zucchini and red peppers. I use this basic vinaigrette dressing.
Strawberry Feta Poppyseed Salad
Spinach, grilled chicken, feta, strawberries, walnuts with poppyseed dressing.
1 baked sweet potato, 1-2 cups fresh edamame, 2 ears of fresh corn cooked, 2 cooked and cubed chicken breasts and 1 can black beans. Mix it all up with some salt and pepper and as much Italian dressing as you like! (I also refrigerate it for a little while so it is chilled when I eat it)
Not quite a salad but whatever—> slice up two sweet potatoes and put some olive oil and garlic salt on them and bake them for 40 minutes at 425 degrees. Top with black beans, corn, sharp cheddar cheese and put them back in the oven for 5 minutes. Add some tomatoes and avocado. ***Adding chicken and roasted red peppers is my favorite:)
Chicken Taco Salads:
Chicken + water + taco seasoning + crockpot. Tortilla, lettuce, Spanish rice (from a box), guac, mango salsa and sour cream.
Spring lettuce mix, crockpot salsa chicken (chicken plus a jar of your favorite salsa), guac and a quesadilla on the side.
Turkey Burger Salads:
Spinach, turkey burger (pan seared… from Costco), avocado, feta, carrots, cucumber, almonds and TJ’s Thai Peanut Dressing.
And a pretty similar one but throw a sweet potato with guac on the side:)
Salmon Quinoa Salad
-Cook quinoa in a rice cooker (I always throw in some garlic and oregano when I cook this).
-Lay out your mixed greens (spinach, spring mix, arugula) and top with cooked quinoa and thinly sliced radishes.
-Season both sides of your salmon with lemon pepper and heat pan with a little butter and garlic. Cook salmon 10 minutes per inch of thickness (flip salmon 1/2 way through). Throw it on top of the quinoa and top with fresh lemon juice and/or balsamic vinaigrette.
Quinoa Summer Salad
Cook quinoa in the rice cooker and then add a cubed baked sweet potato and some sautéed mushrooms, cabbage, spinach and asparagus. Let that chill in the fridge for a few hours and then add walnuts, feta and cranberries right before serving it.
The Janae Salad
Spinach, grilled chicken, hardboiled eggs, cheddar cheese, avocado, tomatoes and bacon. For the dressing I mix equal parts of ranch and bbq sauce.
Spinach, apples, blueberries, pecans, feta and TJ’s Champagne Pear Vinaigrette dressing. AMAZING with grilled chicken on top too:)
Blueberries, feta cheese, nectarines, red onion, red peppers and TJ’s Goddess Dressing.
Salad kit from Costco (The Grand Parisian Complete Salad), shrimp, roasted sweet potatoes and broccoli.
Throw some mango salsa and guac on top and that is also delicious.
Just a classic salad on one side and my favorite baked sweet potato + bbq chicken + tomatoes on the other side. TRY IT.
Snickers Heaven Salad. Because life needs to have chocolate too.
Here is a list of my favorite restaurant salads! I also love any restaurant that has a killer salad bar!
Cafe Rio—> Steak salad, extra pico, whole wheat tortilla, black beans and the cilantro vinaigrette dressing.
Wahoo’s—> Spicy fish salad with added bonzai veggies, guac and extra salsa.
Oregano’s (in Arizona)—> Pablo Picasso salad and/or the Chicken Caesar Salad.
Kneaders—> Bacon Avocado Turkey salad and the Turkey Cranberry one is pretty amazing too!
Pluto’s—> THE BEST salad place. I always get the steak salad and put on tomatoes, bleu cheese, edamame, sweet potatoes, peaches and pineapple with the creamy vinaigrette.
Wild Zucchini (I think there is just one here in Utah)—> The chicken salad with the house dressing and every vegetable topping (they have SO many), fresh mozzarella balls and crispy sweet potato strips).
California Pizza Kitchen—> BBQ Chicken Salad (add the avocado… it’s worth it).
Panera Bread—> I also love the BBQ Chicken Salad here too.
Cheesecake Factory—> The Luau Salad
Other amazing salad places in Utah—> Zupas, Costa Vida, Cubby’s, Mountain West Burrito, Tacos 180.
How often do you eat salads?
What are your go-to salad toppings?
Favorite restaurants to get a salad?
Current favorite dessert?