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?
- 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