I’ll be the first to admit: salad is usually not my favorite thing in the world.
In fact, I spent roughly 98% of my entire life hating salad more than anything ( besides, like, Hitler, smacking, & a long list of other things… lol ).
Seriously… I wish I could describe the drama that ensued when someone would convince me to try a *bite* of salad. Cue: me, holding my nose, not breathing, & slowly chewing on a single piece of lettuce like I was gnawing on human tissue.
In the past, the idea of basing an entire meal off of lettuce did NOT sound appealing. I always thought: if I die after this meal, my last meal on Earth will have been a bunch of lettuce & some random ass vegetables ( can you tell how seriously I take eating? ).
On top of the whole lettuce-base thing, most salads I found while eating out contained a truly sick number of calories ( & LOTS of saturated fat ) due to cream-based dressings & fried toppings.
In summary, lumping a bunch of vegetables & lettuce together and covering it in overly-fattening liquid is just going to be a NO from me.
Since moving to LA last year, I’ve slowly-but-surely warmed up to eating salad on a regular basis. I started with a Chipotle “Salad” ( AKA: chicken, extra chicken, brown rice, cheese, and like 2 pieces of lettuce ) & have now graduated to making salads at home ON PURPOSE.
( audience applauds )
Well, the salad I’m sharing with y’all today is the only salad I make at home. But, still, I’m proud of myself for this adultish accomplishment: I ENJOY ( some ) SALAD NOW.
That being said, I have some RULES when it comes to at-home salad making:
1. Keep it SIMPLE: keep the ingredient list to a minimum, while also incorporating the nutrients you need.
2. Make it FLAVORFUL: this is how I avoid a boring-ass salad. LOTS of FLAVOR. I accomplish this by picking the right dressing, adding flavored chicken ( seasoned with sea salt/pepper/chile powder ), FETA cheese, occasionally throwing in a dash of hot sauce & adding extra pepper.
3. Keep the dressing LIGHT: My favorite dressings are oil-based, organic, and ultra-light. A brand a like a lot is Tessemae’s from your local grocery. It’s always flavored just right, and doesn’t overload on saturated fat.
4. Add a PROTEIN always: I usually opt for chicken or shrimp!
5. MIX very well: to coat everything in the dressing goodness. Necessary.
What You’ll Need for my PERF At-Home Salad
Butter Lettuce ( about half a bag )
1 Serving of prepared Grilled Chicken ( I season mine with sea salt/pepper/chile powder )
Avocado ( I use 1/2 )
Cherry Tomatoes ( a large handful )
Feta Cheese ( 1/4 cup )
Tessemae’s Green Goddess ( or any light dressing you like! )
1. Combine ingredients into a large bowl, & mix well using tongs!
Other Ingredients I Sub in Occasionally:
Shaved Brussels Sprouts
& More Dressings:
Tessamae’s Lemon Garlic
Trader Joe’s Goddess Dressing
Honestly, I’m ALWAYS full after finishing this salad. It’s glorious.
When I’m eating out, I’ll usually be annoying/picky and have them make me something similar to this recipe, adding or subbing in things occasionally. Hm… post idea: healthy things I order at all of my favorite restaurants? Would y’all want to read something like that?
Also, I feel like this healthy, simple salad post really fits into the whole getting prepped for summer swimsuit days thing I have going on on H+H lately.
First, we talked inspiration & cute beach looks.
Then, we moved onto a sweet-but-skinny indulgence.
After that, I broke down how I’m getting tight & toned with my friend Katie.
The post right before this was about teeny white one-pieces & maintaining a fresh ass spray tan.
And now, yum-o salad.
I guess we’re kind of on a roll when it comes to summer prep! What should we chat about next?? Love hearing from y’all!
Until then, I’m wishing y’all lots of salad success.
Talk soon. xx