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Vegan Cobb Salad

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I couldn’t be more excited for Spring weather and more fresh veggies available. I like to switch up my salads frequently with a variety of proteins, veggies, healthy fats and omega-3s. I swap out everything from vegan chicken, to sunflower seeds, to beets to keep it from getting boring. Prepping veggies early in the week, make this simple, yet nutrient packed salad easy to throw together for lunch or dinner.

Start out with a base. I love fresh romaine, and I wash and cut it up early in the week so salads are easily accessible. I deseed veggies like cucumbers and tomatoes, and cut up red onion. Healthy fats like fresh avocado, walnuts and sunflower seeds keep it filling. I always add a couple protein options like garbanzo beans, tofu, tempeh or veggie chicken strips. My favorite vinaigrette is equal parts Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Organic Red Wine Vinegar, mixed with Pink Himalayan Salt, Fresh Ground Black Pepper, Granulated Garlic and Oregano.

What are your favorite salad combos?

Quinoa Garden Salad with Creamy Basil Pumpkin Seed Dressing

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Quinoa is a great source of a complete protein. I love adding it to salads. (Le Pain Quotidien’s Quinoa Tabbouleh Arugula Salad is my absolute fave) This filling dish is full of nutrients and an array of flavor, sans sodium and oil.

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Garden Salad

  • Baby Kale
  • Mixed Romaine
  • Fresh Tomatoes
  • Cucumber

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Quinoa (yields 4 servings)

  • 1 C Quinoa
  • 2 C Water
  • Parsley
  • Dried Basil, Oregano, Cilantro, Parsley, Rosemary
  • Fresh Ground Pepper
  • Dash of Cayenne (optional)
  • Mrs. Dash (regular, lemon pepper, or garlic & herb or a combo of the three)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  1. Place Water and quinoa in pot and bring to a boil
  2. Add parsley and seasonings
  3. Cover and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes, or until water is absorbed
  4. Once water is absorbed, drizzle with vinegars and mix well

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Creamy Basil Pumpkin Seed Dressing

  • 1/2 C Raw Unsalted Pumpkin Seeds
  • 1/2 C Water
  • Handful of Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Juice from 2 Lemons
  • 1 t Garlic, minced

Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix, or high speed blender until smooth.

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Toss salad, add 1/4 C quinoa and dressing and mix well. Enjoy!

Garlicky Kale Salad

After trying the Garlicky Kale Salad at Whole Foods, it became an obsession. It’s the kind of salad I could eat everyday. I had to recreate it. This similar recipe is fantastic. It’s simple to make, and can be made ahead of time since it’s recommended to let the leaves marinate. Aside from the amazing antioxidant benefits of kale, it is also rich in fiber.