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Not your boring salad! Loaded Salad with 14 Toppings!

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People often ask me how I can eat “just” a boring salad for dinner. I can’t help but laugh because my salads are FAR from boring. This is not your boring salad. In fact this loaded salad has FOURTEEN different toppings!

I typically use a lot of leftovers to add to my salads to keep things interesting. On this occasion, I had leftover sauteed veggies and spiralized sweet potato noodles in my fridge. So I figured I’d toss those into the mix. I’m a big believer of food prepping and meal planning. By food prepping early in the week, it really makes my salad night a breeze. Just gather all your cooked veggies and leftovers from the fridge, add it to your favourite salad base, (I like spinach), and voila! Dinner in a flash.

My salad night is usually on Thursday or Friday.

I know!!! Weird!! But this is how I use up my leftovers for the week.

To prepare my salad I always start with a green leafy base. I often use spinach since that’s my favourite. But romaine or kale or a mix of all three would also work well.

Then I try and incorporate any leftover veggies that I need to use up. Plus I make sure to add some kind of protein element. Either cooked lentils or chickpeas from earlier in the week. Or I’ll open up a can and quickly toss some in. I almost always add avocado to my salad for a healthy dose of good for you fat. Always a fresh element, such as strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, or sliced peaches. Finally, I sprinkle my salad with nuts and seeds that are always stocked in my pantry, including one of my favourite toppings that I recently discovered. Coconut smiles! Yes, clever name, but also a super delicious component to add some nutty, earthy flavours to your salad.

So there you have it! My absolutely UN-boring, loaded salad!

Need a not so boring dressing to go with your loaded salad?

Dress your salad with my amazing fresh tasting Green Goddess Dressing, or a creamy Butter Bean Dressing for even more protein!

loaded-salad

Not your boring salad! Loaded Salad with 14 Toppings!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Try this loaded salad that is far from boring, with14 different toppings for a fresh, flavourful and delicious, healthy meal.
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Ingredients

  • 2 large handfuls baby spinach
  • 1/2 red onion sliced & sautéed
  • 1/2 red pepper sliced & sautéed
  • 1/2 yellow pepper sliced & sautéed
  • 1/2 jalapeno sautéed
  • 4 mushrooms sliced & sautéed
  • 1 small sweet potato spiralized & sautéed
  • 3 tbsp green lentils cooked
  • 1/2 avocado sliced
  • 4 strawberries sliced
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp hemp hearts
  • 1 tsp pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp diced mango or mango salsa
  • 8 pieces coconut smiles

Instructions

Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 1173mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 14690IU | Vitamin C: 131.8mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 5mg
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*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.

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