Salads are more than just greens.
They are a concoction of crunchy, sweet, sour, tart, earthy and super fresh.
They are a boost of nutrition that does the body (and mind) good.
I recommend having at least 1 salad every, damn day ūüôā
In a single bite of a salad, you can enjoy many different layers of goodness, texture and health unfolding.

I love salads now, but have had to learn to find a way to love them! 
I am sharing in this blog everything I learned that can help you to LOVE making salads too!
A salad has to be delicious, colorful, textural and of course, whole and healthy!
These salads hit all the marks for me, including in the simple and budget friendly category. 
I hope you enjoy these salads and are inspired by them to make your own.
Click on the link at the bottom to share your experiences or inspired salad creations with us.
Or follow the yellow button to find the best salad dressings ever!

The 5 Steps to Loving Salads!

Step 1: Choose the Weather

Yes weather! Spring, summer, winter, fall. Depending on what you feel and what the weather is outside, you can dress your greens accordingly. The following are my go-to’s for salads through out the year. They are whole, healthy, simple and delicious!!!!

Step 2: Choose Your Greens

Spring: Romaine
Summer: Arugula and/or baby kale 
Fall: Green or Purple large Kale (only the leaves not stem, torn into tiny pieces.)
Winter: Spinach 

Step 3: Choose Your Toppings

Spring: Shredded carrot, shredded cabbage,  diced avocado,  almonds
Summer: Goat cheese, blueberries, sliced strawberries, sliced almonds
Fall: Whole Tamari almonds, cranberries, Goat Cheese (optional)
Winter: Diced roasted root vegetables (carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, parsnips), pepitas (pumpkin seeds), Feta or Goat Cheese (optional)
Add as much or as little of each of these ingredients as you want

Step 4: Choose & Make Your Dressing

Spring: 
1/3 cup Lemon juice (1 1/2 medium sized lemons)
2-3 Tbsp Honey
1 large Garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp Dijon
1/4 tsp Turmeric (optional)

1/3 cup Avocado Oil
1/4 tsp sea Salt
 
Summer: 
1/2 Orange
1 Lemon
(total 1/3 cup of juice combined)  

2-3 Tbsp Honey
1/3 cup Avocado Oil
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
Fall: 
1/3 cup Lemon juice (2 medium sized lemons)

2-3 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1/3 c Avocado Oil
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1/8 tsp Pepper
Winter:
1/3 cup Balsamic Vinegar

 2-3 Tbsp Maple Syrup (the real stuff)
1/3 cup Avocado Oil  
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
 

Instructions

  1. Put the ingredients for your dressing of choice into a measuring cup. First by adding your citrus, then your oil and then the rest of the ingredients. 
  2. Stir vigorously with a fork to emulsify the dressing. Make sure that the oil and the remaining ingredients stick together and become a thick creamy dressing.  
  3. It makes about 3/4 cup .  
  4. Depending on the size of your salad and the lettuce and dressing you chose,  you may only use a few tablespoons of dressing at a time. Store the remaining dressing in a glass mason jar with a lid on it, on the counter for up to 7 days or in the fridge until you use it. 

Of course, choose which ever dressing or leafy green or toppings resonate with you- no matter what the season!  These are just helpful options to keep in mind.

Step 5: Assemble & Enjoy!

 Its time to assemble your salad.

  1. Grab a big (wooden) bowl and add your cleaned, spun, dried greens of choice. 

  2. Drizzle your dressing of choice around the sides of the bowl versus directly onto the leaves themselves.  Then use your hands or 2 big wooded spoons to gently toss the salad dressing onto the leaves. (When I use kale however, I get my hands up in there and squeeze the leaves with the dressing to break down the fibre in the kale and to allow more absorption of dressing)

  3. Add  half of your toppings of choice to the salad and toss the salad again. Then put the second half of toppings on top of the salad and serve immediately. (unless your a kale salad, and in that case, you can mingle in the fridge with your dressing on, for up to 3 days.)

Visit my “Dips, Dressing & Sauces” Blog,
for the BEST salad dressing recipes EVER!!

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