The Everything Salad

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I am so behind on posting recipes, so watch out – there will be a plethora coming soon!  I was inspired by a salad I saw on Nutrition Stripped – a beautiful natural food blog.  I basically went into my fridge and found everything I liked that I needed to use and put it in this salad.  Hence, the name.  🙂

I also chose this name because it has everything in it – good fats, good carbs, veggies and protein.  To give you the lowdown on the salad – it’s actually a spinach salad with sautéed brussels sprouts, quinoa, chickpeas, almonds and avocado with a poached egg on top.  The dressing is an orange/lime vinaigrette.  This was a bowl of goodness that I didn’t want to end!!  Let a salad like this inspire you to look through your fridge and cupboards and get creative!

Ingredients:

  • Spinach
  • Brussels sprouts
  • chickpeas
  • quinoa
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 egg – poached

Dressing:

  • 1/2 juice of one lime
  • 1/2 juice of one orange
  • 2-4 tbs of olive oil
  • 1-2 tbs of apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tbs of honey
  • dash of pepper

Directions:

1. Prepare your dressing and set aside.  Combine everything.  I don’t use any real measurements, but go mostly by taste.  If you want it more citrusy you can add in zest or more juice, more sweet – add more honey.  You get the picture.  🙂

2.  Chop brussels sprouts in half.  In a pan over medium heat – add olive oil and garlic and start to cook.   Add Brussels sprouts to the skillet and cook without stirring until the undersides of the sprouts turn golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir to turn sprouts over, and cook other sides until golden brown, another 5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.

3.  While the brussels sauté, cook your quinoa according to the package.

4. Prepare a bowl of spinach, a handful of almonds, a half of an avocado, 1/4-1/3 cup of chickpeas arranged to leave room for the quinoa and brussels.

5.  Once the brussels and quinoa are about cooked, prep to poach your egg.  Here’s a quick lesson on how to poach an egg – http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/technique/how-poach-egg

6.  Add the brussels and quinoa to the salad and top with your egg and the dressing.  Enjoy!

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3 thoughts on “The Everything Salad

  1. sondra

    I WILL BE TRYING THIS. It’s rare, due to my pickiness, that I like EVERYTHING on a salad, but this one is the exception! Thanks Megan!!

    Reply

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