Updated: May 26
If you've been following me for a while now, you know I love a good big bowl salad! I love taking a big bowl and Scrounging up a delicious salad with lots of fresh greens, veggies, fruits, nuts, protein and a yummy homemade dressing.
Salad dressings are something I like to make at home because most store bought dressings have added sugars, preservatives or unhealthy ingredients that aren't necessary and simply take away the opportunity to make a healthy, nourishing salad dressing that will benefit your body. Any chance I have to incorporate healthier foods into my diet I take it and salad dressings are a great way to do that by incorporating foods like, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, sea salt, lemon, etc. all of which are beneficial to your health.
This power salad is great to make for lunch or dinner as a meal or a side. It's full of nutrients and is plant based, but you can feel free to add meat if desired.
I don't really have specific measurements for this salad as it depends on how many people you're making it for. It's essentially equal parts of everything and heavier on the greens.
T h e S c r o u n g e
If you don't have these exact ingredients, Scrounge with the things you have at home! You may end up creating something even better!
If you don't have arugula and spinach, choose one or use whatever lettuce you have on hand
If you don't have bell peppers, use tomatoes or cucumbers
If you don't have cabbage, use celery or do without
If you don't have avocado, do without
If you don't have almonds, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds, use whatever nuts you have on hand i.e. cashews, walnuts, pistachios, pecans, etc.
If you don't have chickpea pasta, use quinoa, lentils, brown rice or whatever noodles you have on hand
If you don't have crumbled goat cheese, use feta, whatever cheese you have on hand or do without
If you don't have apple cider vinegar, use red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
If you don't have a lemon, try using a lime
I n g r e d i e n t s
arugula & spinach
crumbled Goat Cheese sea salt
Simple Salad Dressing (Created by: Melissa Wood Health)
*makes 4 servings, I like to double this so I have more on hand
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 lemon juiced
splash of filtered water
pinch of sea salt
D i r e c t i o n s
For the salad, simply layer all of the ingredients starting with the greens on a large plate or in a large bowl.
For the dressing, mix all ingredients in a salad shaker or in a bowl and shake or whisk together. Does not need to be refrigerated.
If you make it large enough you may have some left overs so I always suggest putting the dressing on individually so you can save the leftovers without it getting soggy.