I am currently participating in the Beyond Organic 14-day Jump Start Health Plan which calls for several nights worth of dinners comprising nothing more than “salad.” What a disappointment! Or so I thought…
Who knew salad could be so filling and delicious without the lingering side effects (read: gastrointestinal issues) that usually accompany the “traditional balanced meal”? Well, in all fairness, my friend Jordan Rubin did. That’s why he provided us with a full list of salad suggestions which emphasize healthy fats and complete proteins. You can make any combination you’d like, which gives me just the creative license I enjoy, but enough instruction to keep me on the right path.
If you’re looking to make healthy lunch or dinner choices but have always thought salads (especially those of the meatless variety) were for sissies, hold onto your pants (or at least put on the belt because this is one of the quickest ways to lose those love handles).
Jordan recommends a lot of high protein organic meats, but I had just finished some gluten-free salmon cakes and a big bowl of chili–with salsa chicken on the menu the following day–so I was just about meat-and-fished-out. This vegetarian salad is guaranteed to rock your taste buds and give you enough protein to sustain you through an entire day of…well…whatever you have planned.
Fasting for spiritual or physical reasons? Gotcha covered.
Wanting to look slim and fit for a big night out? Cool. Consider it done.
Sure, you could carb-(over)-load, but that will only weigh you down and bloat you out. My advice? Stay fit and trim with a high protein salad instead.
Salad Base (Greens)
Salad Guts (Protein)
- Boiled eggs
- Raw cheese
- Nuts and seeds (raw and sprouted, preferably)
Salad Sprinkles (Toppings)
- Grape tomatoes
- Sweet peppers
Salad Flair (Dressing)
- Balsamic vinegar
- Dijon mustard
- Dried basil
- Salt & pepper
Mix it all up however you like. I’m fond of diced veggies on a bed of small pieces of greens, but others prefer larger slices and big leaves. Do what you want… and enjoy!
Bonus Baby Salad
Since it was Samantha’s dinner-time as well, I shared most of the components of my salad with her, and she ate it all up. (Well, to be truthful, she moved allllll of her veggies OFF of the plate first to see Minnie Mouse, then ate her dinner off the table. Note to self: don’t buy plates with visually stimulating characters again.)