Sometimes a big salad just really hits the spot. I can’t get enough of this one!!! When I made it I think I devoured this salad in less than 2 minutes.
Usually when I make a salad I just throw random things laying around into it and this one turned out so pretty and delicious I had to share it with you all! Plus I got to use my new spiralizer* I got for Christmas. I am already OBSESSED and I have only used it twice. If you’re debating getting one or need to get more veggies in your diet, dooo it! So worth it. It is ridiculously easy to use and so affordable for less than $20! Just head on over to Amazon to check it out and get delivered right to your door! I use the Veggetti Pro* and highly recommend it. 🙂
If you’re looking to get your health back on track after the holidays, this salad will do it! So many vitamins and nutrients in one big bowl. It includes leafy greens, spiralized beets/beet noodles, sauteed mushrooms, these gluten-free ground chicken meatballs, toasted pine nuts, and this aaaamazing garlic and herb vinaigrette!
Leafy greens like spinach and kale are nutritional power houses! Kale is high in Vitamins A, C and K and also has a ton of calcium! It’s a little bitter by itself so I always mix it with another green like spinach which is a little sweeter and also has tons of Vitamin A and C.
Beets are a superfood you HAVE to get on board with if you aren’t yet. Beets not only have a multitude of vitamins including iron, but may lower blood pressure, increase your energy, fight inflammation, and even have anti-cancer properties!! (1) If raw beets are too “earthy” tasting for you, toss them in some olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast them! They become much sweeter and absorb the flavors of how you season them.
Pine nuts are full of healthy fats which are important to have in a salad because they will help you stay full for longer and make your body more efficient at burning fat. Read about how eating more healthy fats could actually help you lose weight in this post. Pine nuts also are high in Vitamin E and K and may boost your immune health and lower cholesterol.
The protein I used for my salad was these lean gluten-free chicken meatballs, but feel free to sub with any lean meat of your choice. Protein is also important to have in a power salad because it will help keep you full longer, give you energy, and speed muscle recovery post-workout.
Don’t forget to make your own salad dressing like this garlic and herb vinaigrette. Store bought dressings are packed with added sugar and processed additives. Salad dressings are surprisingly super easy to make!
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