The Everything Salad | Cleveland East Side Moms

Mar 22, 2019 | Recipes, Whole30

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You can’t out-train your diet.  I’ve heard this more and more these days as people are shifting from quick fix exercise and diet fads to a more sustainable approach to a proper diet vs. dieting. And while I’ve burned my fair share of calories during my classes at burn boot camp, I know that in the end it’s about the combination of healthy exercise and healthy eating that is going to set me up for a lifetime of health wealth.

 

Luckily, Burn Bootcamp also recognizes this.  They provide an entire nutrition program along with your membership that teaches you about the benefits of a whole food diet and how, combined with their awesome kick butt workouts that keep you on your toes, will help you reach all your health and fitness goals.

 

Salads are a go to when you think of health foods, but salads have a tendency to be boring.  Not this one!  This Everything Salad is everything!  And as its name suggests, it has a little bit of everything which, I think, is the secret sauce to making a more satisfying, more delicious salad.  Below is a breakdown of what I mean by a little bit of everything.  Put something from every category into your bowl and you’re sure to have a hit every time!

 

Carbs

I think a lot of times people tend to leave carbs out of salads but I think this is the key to making them especially satisfying. Protein is usually always covered with the addition of chicken, fish, or egg and your fat is covered by the dressing and probably some avocado. So carbs are usually the ones feeling a little left out. I like to fill this void with some kind of roasted potato/squash.  Which brings me to my next point . . .

 

Temperatures

I love the crisp coolness of the mixed greens against a warmed roasted potato or vegetable or just cooked warm protein.  It really adds interest and maximizes all of the flavors.

 

Textures

Mixing some raw vegetables like shredded carrots or cabbage with roasted veggies makes for a much more interesting, more delicious salad.  Adding nuts and/or seeds is a great way to do this too.  Or do both – the more the merrier!

 

Fruit

Adding fruit like blueberries, apples, strawberries, cherries, mango,  or orange segments really brightens a salad and gives you an unexpected burst of sweetness.

 

Color

The color of fruits and vegetables are an indicator of the different nutrients they provide, so the more variety the better for you.  Additionally, brightly colored fruits and vegetables all have more depth of flavor than blander colored foods.  Think of the difference between iceberg lettuce and spinach as an example.  Go bold in hue & you’ll get bold in flavor!

 

  

 

Ingredients:

6 oz rotisserie chicken

1 boiled egg

8 oz the greenest greens you can find

1 handful blueberries

1 handful roasted potatoes/squash

1 handful roasted carrots

2 TSB sunflower seeds

1 TBS flax seeds

2 TBS creamy Caesar dressing

 

Instructions:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Cut potatoes/squash/carrots into bite sized pieces. Toss with olive oil to coat and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Place into single layer on one or two baking sheets and bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until fork tender.
  4. While veggies cook, make your Caesar dressing according to directions here.  Remember I subbed in sardines for anchovies but you can follow the recipe exactly as well.  This is also the time to prepare your hardboiled eggs in the Instant Pot.
  5. Place insert into Instant Pot and add 1.5 cups water.
  6. Lay desired amount of eggs on insert, closed lid and make sure vent is sealed.
  7. Set for 4 minutes on high and quick release once done.
  8. Place in ice bath immediately to stop the cooking.
  9. Once veggies are roasted assemble salad in large bowl and dig in!

 

Do you have a  favorite salad combination? Share it with us!  You can reach us on Instagram, Facebook, or even via email!

 

This post sponsored by burn boot camp. 

 

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