EVERYDAY SALAD RECIPE

EVERYDAY SALAD RECIPE

Perfect for serving as a side salad or main dish.  And since it also happens to be vegan and gluten-free, this simple salad is also perfect for serving to everyone.

Do you have a favorite go-to everyday salad recipe that you love? This here is my absolute favorite – and since I generally stay away from carbohydrates for dinner – this simple yet so versatile salad makes its appearance almost every night on my dinner plate.

It’s the real-life, no-frills, easy-breezy, nice-and-healthy, fresh-and-flavorful, always-a-winner green salad recipe.  It’s made with simple, healthy ingredients that are easy to always keep on hand.  And it somehow magically goes with just about everything.

So if you’re looking for a quick and easy new salad recipe for your rotation, I can vouch that it’s a keeper!

EVERYDAY SIDE SALAD INGREDIENTS:

Like I said, part of the reason this salad is on such regular rotation on my dinner plate is because the ingredients are genuinely easy to keep stocked in your kitchen.  When you go grocery shopping for the week, just be sure to pick up a new bag of greens, and Cucumber, red onion and lemon.  Then the rest of the ingredients can be easily stored in your fridge for weeks or months at a time.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fresh greens: I tend to usually go with a spring mix or bag of Lettuce and Spinach for this salad, but any greens you have on hand will do.
  • English cucumber: I prefer these because they are less bitter and have minimal seeds, but any kind of cucumber will do.
  • Red onion: I love lots and lots of red onion in my salads, but feel free to use less or leave these out entirely if you prefer
  • Nuts: Peanuts (roasted and salted) are our go-to lately with this salad, which I love because they are perfectly crunchy, flavorful and inexpensive.  But when we feel like a splurge, toasted walnuts and Almonds are always great too.
  • Every day Lemon Dijon Salad Dressing Recipe

EVERYDAY HEALTHY SALAD DRESSING RECIPE:

If you don’t happen to have fresh lemon juice on hand, you can turn it into a vinaigrette by subbing in your favorite kind of vinegar.  Also, you might note that this recipe yields a pretty small amount of dressing.  I tend to prefer more lightly-dressed salads, both for the taste and for a healthier meal.  But feel free to double the recipe if you would like the option of adding more dressing.

  • Olive oil: Extra virgin for the win!
  • Lemon juice: Freshly-squeezed makes all the difference
  • Dijon mustard: Even if you’re not very sure about mustard, trust me — it’s not overpowering here and instead really just rounds the flavors out.
  • Garlic: I prefer to use fresh garlic, but you can also sub in garlic powder in a pinch.
  • Sea salt: Definitely give the dressing a taste and add more if you’d like.
  • Freshly-cracked black pepper: I like plenty in my dressing and also lots cracked on top.  🙂

HOW TO MAKE THIS SALAD RECIPE:

To make this salad, simply:

  • Prepare the salad dressing: To make the salad dressing recipe, just whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl (or shake them up in a mason jar) until combined.
  • Toss all of your salad ingredients together: Combine them in a large bowl, drizzle evenly with the dressing, then toss lightly until combined.
  • And…serve!  And enjoy!  🙂

** OPTIONAL ADD-INS:

Some other ingredients I like to toss in from time to time include:

  • Cheese: either some freshly-grated Parmesan or soft feta or goat cheese
  • Tomatoes: fresh or sun-dried
  • Fresh veggies: chopped bell peppers, radishes, and/or avocado all work great
  • Jarred veggies or olives: roasted red peppers /or olives are also delicious,
  • Beans: chickpeas or white beans are a great way to up the protein content
  • Proteins: cooked chicken, Fish, shrimp, or tofu are great for adding on top

EVERYDAY SALAD

Our real-life, no-frills, easy-breezy, nice-and-healthy, fresh-and-flavorful, always-a-winner everyday green salad recipe.

TOTAL TIME: 15 MINS PREP TIME: 15 MINS

INGREDIENTS:

SALAD INGREDIENTS:

  • 150 grams spring greens mix (or whatever greens you have on hand)
  • 1 English cucumber, very thinly sliced
  • Half of a medium Red onion, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup Peanuts or toasted pine nuts (or whatever nuts you have on hand)
  • 1 batch Everyday Salad Dressing
  • EVERYDAY SALAD DRESSING INGREDIENTS:
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice (or vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 small clove garlic, pressed or finely-minced (or 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  • To Make the Dressing: Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl (or shake together in a mason jar) until combined.  Use immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.
  • To Make the Salad: Combine all ingredients in a large salad bowl and toss until evenly combined.  Serve immediately and enjoy!

OVERNIGHT CHOCOLATE CHIA SEED PUDDING

OVERNIGHT CHOCOLATE CHIA SEED PUDDING

I love chia seeds and use them all the time. Chia seeds are mini powerhouses packing more calcium than milk, more antioxidants than blueberries, and more omega-3 than salmon.

They are very versatile and are a great protein-packed addition to many recipes because of their ability to thicken and gel.

What is Chia Pudding?

Chia seed pudding is a simple and delicious way to easily get the benefits of chia seeds. It takes minutes to make and has enough protein and nutrients to be a quick, on-the-go breakfast option.

This chia pudding could be put in reused baby food jars or small mason jars, Personally, I love this with some chopped soaked nuts, fresh fruit, or even chocolate shavings for breakfast or a delicious low-sugar dessert.

Do consider this recipe my whittled down, super simple version that’s naturally sweetened, vegan and gluten free. Anyone can make it! Plus, it’s so healthy it’s actually suitable for breakfast

This recipe is simple, requiring just 6 basic ingredients that are totally versatile.

This is the beauty of chia pudding. Once you have the chia seed-to-liquid ratio right, the flavor possibilities are endless.

Make this the night before for a decadent breakfast or mid-day snack. Or prep it in the morning for a hands-off, simple dessert to unwind from the day.

You can’t go wrong either way! And it lasts for a couple of days in the fridge – if you can resist sneaking spoonful that long.

OVERNIGHT CHOCOLATE CHIA SEED PUDDING

Simple, 6-ingredient chocolate chia seed pudding that’s naturally sweetened and so thick and creamy. Loaded with nutrients and perfect for breakfast, a snack, or dessert!

PREP TIME3 hours 10 minutes

TOTAL TIME3 hours 10 minutes

Servings:  (1/2-cup servings)

Category: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack

Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan

Does it keep? 4-5 Days

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3-5 Tbsp Honey 
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Almond milk Original Unsweetened (or light coconut milk for creamier texture!)
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds

Instructions

  1. To a small mixing bowl add cacao powder (sift first to reduce clumps), Honey, ground cinnamon, salt, and vanilla and whisk to combine. Then add a little dairy-free milk at a time and whisk until a paste forms. Then add remaining dairy-free milk and whisk until smooth.
  2. Add chia seeds and whisk once more to combine. Then cover and refrigerate overnight, or at least 3-5 hours (until it’s achieved a pudding-like consistency).
  3. Leftovers keep covered in the fridge for 4-5 days, though best when fresh. Serve chilled with desired toppings, such as fruits, granola, or coconut whipped cream.

Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

Hi All,

If you’re someone who is looking to make breakfast smoothies for weight loss a part of your 2019 goals or add extra servings of fruits and veggies to your diet or need a balanced smoothie for post-workout recovery, or just want a yummy, filling way to nourish your body, this banana oatmeal smoothie recipe is one you’ll want to sip over and over again.

If you’re amateur to the smoothie game, it’s also a delicious, great place to start. With its sweet banana base, warm oats and cinnamon, and the decadent taste of peanut butter, this smoothie tastes like an oatmeal cookie.

About This Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

The ingredients you will need to make this quick and healthy breakfast smoothie are:

  • Oatmeal. A seriously underrated smoothie ingredient! Oatmeal is rich in fiber, and it makes smoothies satisfyingly thick and ultra-filling. This Oatmeal Smoothie will keep you full all morning, and the oatmeal is a big part of that. I most often use rolled oats, but quick oats work too.
  • Frozen Banana. The next time you have spotty bananas on your counter, peel and cut them into pieces, then freeze them in a zip lock bag. They make any smoothie thick, naturally sweet, and creamy. If you don’t have any frozen bananas, you can use fresh banana. Your smoothie will be liquidier, so pop in a few ice cubes at the end to thicken it up.
  • Peanut Butter. The healthy fat and protein in peanut butter are a big part of what makes this Oatmeal Smoothie so filling. It’s just the touch of richness the smoothie recipe needs to taste satisfying and not like something you’re stuck eating.

Any kind of creamy peanut butter will work here, so feel free to use your favorite. You can use crunchy peanut butter also, though I prefer the smoothness of creamy.

  • Honey. I love the flavor of Honey and oatmeal together. A half tablespoon was plenty for me, but feel free to adjust to your taste.
  • Almond Milk. Unsweetened plain or unsweetened vanilla almond milk is my favorite for smoothies.

That said, feel free to use any milk you like. The Oatmeal Smoothie is quite thick as the recipe is written, so if you prefer a thinner texture or your blender is struggling, splash in a little extra.

  • Cinnamon + Pure Vanilla Extract. Solidifies the oatmeal cookie flavor factor.

Optional Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe Additions

The beauty of smoothies is their flexibility. Stock up on a few essentials, and you’ll have super healthy breakfast smoothies on demand!

  • Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie. Replace half of the banana with frozen strawberries. If you’d like it to be a peanut butter oatmeal smoothie no bananas, you can replace the bananas with strawberries entirely.
  • Extra Protein Oatmeal Smoothie. Add a scoop of your favorite vanilla or chocolate protein powder.
  • Green Oatmeal Smoothie. Ready to embrace the green? Add a handful or two of spinach. It will change the color, but the taste is imperceptible. If you are looking to slide a green oatmeal smoothie past picky eaters and hiding the green is important, consider adding oatmeal to a darker, berry-colored smoothie like this Blueberry Avocado Banana Smoothie or add a few handfuls of blueberries or raspberries to this recipe.

Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

Prep time:  5 MINS, Total time:  5 MINS

Creamy Oatmeal Smoothie with peanut butter and banana. With fiber, protein, and healthy fats, this vegan breakfast smoothie is filling and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats or quick oats
  • 1 banana — chopped into chunks and frozen
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any other milk)
  • 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure Honey — plus additional to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt — don’t skip this, as it makes the oatmeal pop!
  • Ice — optional, add at the end if you want a thicker smoothie

Instructions

Place the oats in the bottom of a blender and pulse a few times until finely ground. Add the banana, milk, peanut butter, Honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.

 Blend until smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape down the blender as needed. Taste and add additional sweetener if you’d like a sweeter smoothie. Enjoy immediately.

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