Colorful Salad

December 16, 2018

I find winter brings us eating comfort food and forgetting those amazing salads.  The greens and amazing colors are so vital in our nutrient requirements.  I was looking through my recipes for ideas for the Christmas dinner, and remembered a favourite of mine as you can use any grain or protein as the base, and then add any veggies you want. I load mine up with anything in the fridge that calls my name.  I LOVE a loaded salad.  The magic of this one is you can add a great protein bag to it if you want,  or keep it is a grain and carb based.  I do not always like to get my proteins from just animal sources.  Quinoa, beans, lentils, chickpeas... lots of options are out there.  THEN the dressing, just finishes it perfectly.

 

INGREDIENTS: 

-1 cup CouCous OR Quinoa, or pasta, or anything really.  I usually do it with couscous or quinoa depending on if I want it carb or more protein based. (cook and cool before adding)

-1/2 can chickpeas OR black bean.  Rinse throughouly

-1/4 cup feta... I actually don't put feta in mine as we are not big cheese eaters and we have a vegan in the family so this way it is great for every

 

one but... go for it. It does taste great. 

-from here the fun begins....I use celery, mushrooms, peppers, green onion, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumber, spinach (chopped) ANYTHING.  I like to chop in large chunks to get a great crunch with every bite.  Mix it all together

 

DRESSING: 

-1/8 cup fresh chopped parsley

-1/4 tsp or more of Western Family Hot Pepper Sauce

-1/2 tsp or more of tumeric - LOVE tumeric... I add cracked black pepper when I use tumeric - activates it and makes it more readily available soooo it has amazing anti-inflammatory qualities. 

-1/2 tsp of salt

-2 cloves of garlic

-1/8 cup lemon juice or slighly more to add a touch more zest

-1/4 cup cold pressed olive oil - you could use more here if you are making a larger batch - I don't like my salads saturated!  LOL 

 

MIX THAT BABY:

I like to add the dressing to the coucous or quinoa and then put it all together.  If it doesn't mix and cover thoroughly - add more dressing!  

 

ENJOY and let me know your thoughts.  

 

 

 

 

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