Super Simple Loaded House Salad
A House Salad?
That’s what I dare serve you today?
I know, I know. Way too common… and I would even dare say… boring!
First off, it’s not just your standard House Salad, which usually comprises of a handful of lettuce, a slice of cucumber and, if you’re lucky, a wedge of tomato. No way. I make mine FULLY loaded and always make sure to add olives and avocado as part of my base ingredients. For healthy fats, you know!
Also, this would probably be the one thing that I eat the most during the months of summer, ESPECIALLY when doing a Whole30®. As such, I feel I need to share it with you.
It just makes my life SO much easier.
What I do is I make a full batch and divide it between 2 or sometimes 3 meals. One serving of salad easily and conveniently takes care of all of the fresh veggies and healthy fats that need to be included with every meal.
All that’s left for me to do is throw a good source of protein on the side, such as grilled chicken, a juicy beef patty, a few tasty meatballs, some delicious braised meat, a few slices of leftover roast, a handful of cooked shrimp, a piece of grilled salmon, some scotch eggs (or even plain hard boiled eggs) or, if I’m really in a pinch (or caught completely unprepared) canned tuna fish.
Of course, I don’t always use the same vegetables. Oftentimes I’ll add even more and other times I’ll be forced to make a few substitutions, but some ingredients I make sure are always present.
- Lettuce, Cucumber and Tomatoes – To me, they are just plain essential. They HAVE to go in, that’s just the way it is.
- Parsley and Mint – They add so much freshness and flavor, they basically make the salad.
- Avocado and Olives – Not only are they my sources of healthy fat (along with the olive oil in the dressing) but they’re also my favorites. I wouldn’t dream of leaving them out!
Apart from that, I tend to play and have fun with the ingredients. I sometimes like to add broccoli or cauliflower for a bit of extra crunch.
Radishes add a nice little kick!
Grated carrots really do a lot in the color department…
Raisins and apples add a nice touch of sweetness…
I could go on and on and on!
Seriously, just let your imagination go wild, use whatever veggies you have in your fridge.
Trust me: salads never get old!
Loaded House Salad
- 1 to mato, diced
- 2 Lebanese cucumbers, diced
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1/2 endive, sliced thinly
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh mint, finely chopped
- 18-20 Kalamata Olives
- 1 avocado, diced
- 3 cups mesclun
- The juice of half a lemon
- 1 tbsp good balsamic vingar
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Throw all the vegegables in a large mixing bowl and stir delicately until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients for the vinaigrette.
- When ready to serve, pour the vinaigrette over the vegetables, stir delicately until evenly coated and serve immediately.
- This salad will keep in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. However, make sure to add the vinaigrette at the very last minute, else your salad will get extremely soggy.
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Ah! Precious leafy greens how I love thee!
Aren’t they pretty, just like that?
Drenched in a beautiful light and healthy vinaigrette and joined by a bunch of other fresh veggies, thing just got even better!
All that’s missing now is a side of… protein!
Oh! My mouth is watering right now…
6 Comments on “Super Simple Loaded House Salad”
Oh yes, salads are quite amazing 🙂 I love just tossing lots of leftovers into a bowl with a bed of greens (reminds me of Whole Foods lunches 😉 and then putting a nice slab of hummus over everything to bind it all together- never underestimate the power of simplicity 🙂
Do you not find that the lettuce/herbs goes limp when it is dressed and then kept for other meals?
I find that you have to eat dressed salads almost immediately to prevent that
Totally agree with you, Salixisme. That’s why I said not to add the dressing until the very last minute, because otherwise the salad will get really wet and soggy. I just can’t stand soggy salad!
Any salad involving avocado and Kalamata olives is a winner for me. I think I’ll be making this tomorrow as I’m on a juice cleanse today 🙁
Juice cleanse? Really? Wow, you’re tough. I don’t think I could ever do that. I much prefer fasting!
Tell me, Mike, have you ever done a Whole30? I can very well picture you doing that… and there’s no juice cleanse involved either (then again, you can’t have cheese, but hey, at least, you get to chew on food every day!)
I’ll be having a special thought for you tonight as I sink my teeth into a delicious piece of grilled salmon, topped with a creamy lemon, caper and dill sauce. Mean, I know! Sorry, couldn’t help it! 😉
I ordered this salad and really enjoyed the ingredients and the ranch dressing. I was surprise by the flavors.