Fully Loaded Chicken, Avocado & Roasted Beet Salad In An Apple Cider, Lemon & Turmeric Dressing & My Tips For Putting Together Healthy Homemade Dressings!

Fully Loaded Chicken, Avocado & Roasted Beet Salad In An Apple Cider, Lemon & Turmeric Dressing & My Tips For Putting Together Healthy Homemade Dressings!

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The other day, I whipped up this delicious, crispy, crunchy, naturally sweetened, protein & healthy fat-rich salad & let me tell you, it did the trick & definitely hit the spot! It filled me up & most importantly, I felt GOOD after eating it! It’s super nutrient-dense & hearty, but it won’t make you feel heavy or bloated. #WINNING, right?

A salad always needs a few things to go down in history in my books: crunch, crispy freshness, protein, healthy fats, natural sweetness (usually in the form of dried fruit or berries!) & A HELLA BOMB SIMPLE DRESSING (BROWNIE POINTS if I can make in 1 bowl & without a blender!).

My salads need to be SUBSTANTIAL. They need a great mix of flavour, texture & a really damn good dressing. ‘NUFF SAID. I mean, who’s with me: a good salad dressing takes veggies from 100 to 200 real quick, right? I mean, I’m someone who loves veggies so I can eat ’em raw & be satisfied. BUT, when you spice ’em up just right, let’s be honest, they taste even better! Plus… let’s also acknowledge that not everyone is a flaming veggie lover like myself.

For this babe of a salad, I made one of my go-to salad dressings that, yes, you guessed it, requires just a few simple ingredients, a bowl & a whisk. NO BLENDER NECESSARY!

But wait, before we get to the dressing, let’s discuss all the deliciousness I threw into the bowl to make this babe of a salad come to life!

I’m talkin’… shredded cabbage, kale, cauliflower, romaine, chunks of creamy avocado, crunchy fresh cherry tomatoes, crisp celery, naturally sweet delicious roasted beets, pan-seared honey Dijon chicken strips, raw organic pine nuts, sweet & chewy organic cranberries & last but not least, goji berries!

So, the answer to that question you’re itching to ask… is it possible that a salad be this nutritious & full of antioxidants, fibre, protein, healthy fats, vitamin C, skin-boosting & gut-healing benefits, good carbs, vitamin K & more… is YES! YES! YES! SO MUCH YES!

Now, without further ado, let’s get into how to make this rainbow-full bowl come to life & then I’ll share with you guys some of my tips for putting together my fave homemade salad dressings!

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE SALAD:

  • 2 handfuls shredded cabbage, kale, cauliflower & romaine (I bought a mix but you can shred any of your fave greens)
  • 1/2 small avocado, in chunks
  • A few cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 stalk celery, sliced
  • 1 roasted beet, sliced
  • Grilled or pan-seared chicken strips (I like to use the breast because it’s the most lean!)
  • 1 tbsp. raw organic pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp. dried organic cranberries (Make sure they’re unsweetened!)
  • 1 tbsp. dried organic goji berries

FOR THE DRESSING (Enough for 2-3 salads):

  • 1/4 cup raw organic apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 2 tsp. organic yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • A few pinches of cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt & black pepper to taste
  • OPTIONAL: Add a splash of pure organic maple syrup, coconut flower or yacon syrup for added sweetness.

TO MAKE:

  • Add all your salad ingredients to a large bowl.

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  • Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a separate bowl.

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  • Season the salad, toss & ENJOY! 

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Now that you guys have all the tools to make this salad come to life in your kitch, let’s talk about some of my tips to make healthy homemade salad dressings! Salad dressings are SO easy to make at home, not to mention, SO MUCH CLEANER than the bottled store-bought ones that are full of artificial colours, flavours, table salt, preservatives, chemicals, added & refined sugars & ingredients that will do more harm to your body than good. Let’s be honest, there’s a reason why those dressings are able to sit out on a grocery shelf (& not in a refrigerator) for months on end until they are purchased, opened & consumed by US.

There are some cleaner options out there, but they are very scarce & usually pack a pretty BIG penny! OH & btw… making your own dressings will actually end up saving you SO MUCH MONEY, it’s insane!

KITK TIPS & TRICKS TO MAKE HEALTHY HOMEMADE SALAD DRESSINGS:

  • Making salad dressings at home means that you control what goes into them. You can swap in or out ingredients that you love or others that you know don’t work well with your body or make you feel good.
  • I personally don’t use oils that much in my salad dressings because my logic is this (HEAR ME OUT, OKAY?): As opposed to using oil in salad dressings (which doesn’t really serve much of a purpose or add that much flavour), I prefer to load up on healthy fats IN MY SALAD (by throwing in nuts, seeds, avocado & lean protein sources). There are so many delicious sauces & ingredients that I’ve become familiar with in the kitchen that make the PERFECT salad dressings! Yes, what I’m insinuating is that you won’t even know the difference. Oil or no oil, they will make your tastebuds go cray cray, in the best way possible! By swapping out the oil in my salad dressings, I get to have more fun with my ingredients, which add tons more flavour & nutrients to my salad.
    • This isn’t to say I never use olive oil or completely rule it out! I just don’t use it as often!
  • I generally enjoy tangy, citrusy & zesty dressings, but when I’m craving something a little sweeter, I’ll add in some form of natural sweetener, usually: pure organic maple syrup, raw organic unpasteurized honey, yacon syrup or coconut flower syrup. I’ll literally just throw in a splash (which probably amounts to about a teaspoon).
  • My favourite sauces to use for my salad dressings are:
    • Coconut aminos (especially if I’m doing an Asian dressing)
    • Nut or seed butters (for thicker, creamier & richer dressings)
    • Greek yogurt for a creamy dressing & as a substitute for mayonaise
    • Raw organic apple cider vinegar
    • Coconut vinegar
    • Maple syrup wine vinegar
    • White wine vinegar
    • Balsamic vinegar
    • Rice wine vinegar (always unseasoned, no added sugar or salt)
    • Fresh lemon or lime
    • Sriracha
    • Raw organic Dijon mustard
    • Organic yellow mustard
  • I obviously load my dressings up with dried herbs & spices (& sometimes, fresh herbs too!) because HAVE YOU MET ME? I freaking LOVE spices. I guess it’s the Moroccan in me!
  • I also like to add nutritional yeast to my dressings, especially if I’m looking for a more creamy, rich, nutty flavour & texture! Nutritional yeast not only adds delicious flavour but also contains tons of nutrients, protein & B12 & helps thicken sauces or dressings.
  • Sometimes, if I want to get super creative & a little less lazy, I’ll make salad dressings from fresh fruit or veggies, or raw organic nuts/seeds, usually berries or avocado or any form of nut or seed I’m craving or have on hand. This, of course, requires a blender or food processor, but it makes for a super fresh, creamy & delicious add-on to an otherwise rather boring salad!

That pretty much sums up my tips & tricks when it comes to putting together a quick & easy salad dressing! I have TONS & I mean, TONS, of salad dressing recipes on the blog, some of which are super simple & others which require a little bit more effort (but it’s worth every second!). Feel free to use the search bar on the homepage & search for terms, such as: vinaigrette or dressing & you’ll get TONS of options. THE REST IS UP TO YOU – What are you craving or in the mood for?!

Here are some of my faves:

 



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