Spinach Kale Salad

Not just a recipe! Tips and strategies to changing your relationship salads taking it from an appetizer to main stage! Plus my Go-To Tried & True Dressing that will change everything!

Does anyone else crave kale?

Why do you need a recipe for a salad? Well, Most people don’t like salads because they’re just making them all-wrong. Ice-burg lettuce sitting in a bowl is not only bland and boring, but a weak and pathetic excuse to toucher yourself in eating healthy.

Its time to taste the difference. 

Leafy greens are not only the healthiest foods, but we should be eating them everyday. Sometimes I start building a salad and then I’m like, “okay, what else can I add to this?. . . and what else. . .? ok What else?!” before you know it my next grocery store visit includes a larger bowl to accommodate this madness!

That brings me to my second strategy!

Strategy 002: When building dishes & recipes, always ask yourself, “What else can I add to this!”

Whether its a bean, a cruciferous, a nut, or a seed, theres always a way to eat in abundance. Oophh, lets hit Strategy 003!

Strategy 003: Instead of counting calories and calculating macros, we need to be counting variety, because variety counts! 

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Yea, lets not make this complicated. Throw some leafy greens together, some beans, cruciferous, nuts, seeds, and a fruit. When ever I hear “eating salads is hard, I think, well, preparing chicken, trimming the fat, marinating, cleaning, sanitizing, cooking, and making sure the chicken is actually done……is hard. Meanwhile, I’m over here and I already ate 3 salads, looking to crush a fourth, “its a hard not life.”

HAVE FUN WITH IT

Theres no reason to go bland and boring. Try different leafy greens, different beans, get curious, explore flavors, blends, and concepts. The best part about salads is that it puts you in control. 

Of course if you find a great blend, stick with it until it gets old then modify it! 

KEEP IT LIGHT

I admit to going overboard sometimes with my salads. I know its 2018, but this is a salad and sometime you can get too inclusive. Too much variety or too many of too many things causes some to have digestive issues. I suggest if your variety goes up, keep the quantity low. if your variety goes down, keep the quantity high! 

SAUCE IS EVERYTHING

At first salads may be daunting, but as soon as your taste buds change, you start craving veggies. For me, I crave the crazy energy I get after eating salad. Every time you eat a great salad with no-oil laden dressing, you get a rush of blood flow you can almost feel moving under your skin!

For beginners and even on,

Strategy 004: The right food with the right sauce is a GAME CHANGER

This not only goes for salads, but for every dish you prepare!

Here is my GO-TO Tried and True dressing and sauce. It’s super versatile, so try it on anything and watch your experience with food change forever!

Maple Dijon

Tried and True – The Top Go to!
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Plant Based
Keyword: dipping, Dressing, easy, quick, Salad, sauce
Author: teddieddie

Ingredients

  • 1 part Dijon low to no sodium
  • 1 part Maple Syrup

Instructions

  • Compine and Shake !
    Thats it

Spinach Kale Salad

Kale Carrots Beets and Chopped broccoli Meets Quinoa 
Prep Time8 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Leafy Green, plant based, recipe, Salad, wfpb
Author: teddieddie

Ingredients

Cook:

  • 1 cup Quinoa

MIX:

  • 4 oz Kale Roughly Chopped
  • 4 oz Spinach Whole
  • 4 oz Broccoli Chopped
  • 1 cup Carrots Shredded
  • 16 oz Beets Can
  • 16 oz Chickpeas Can
  • 1 tbsp Ginger Grated
  • 2 Apples Chopped
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts

Instructions

  • TOSS…No really thats it.
    The idea of this one is to:
    1. Have fun with it
    2. K.I.S.S. ( Keep it simple stupid)
    3. Keep it light, you want everyone to try the feast you have prepared!

Notes

See dressing ideas! 
Try not to ruin this healthy dish by dumping oil on it!