A friend of mine asked asked me tonight for suggestions on what she and her husband could do with plant-based salads that wouldn't leave them hungry again 30 minutes later. I was inspired to share a few thoughts on here about the dreaded S word!
I feel the same way about salad. Being plant-based for over a decade, one can get burned out on the typical salad pretty quickly - especially at restaurants, where it's often our only option. I've realized over the past few years that (for me anyway) salad gets so boring when lettuce is the "main ingredient" - and I've figured out some ways around that.
Every Sunday, my mom and I take the biggest bowl we have and fill it with the following: Romaine, kale, carrots, olives, tomatoes, 2-3 colors of peppers, green and/or red onions, black beans, chickpeas, broccoli, cauliflower, roasted brussels sprouts, red cabbage, peas, cooked orzo or quinoa, and celery. We divide it into smaller bowls for the week and we add avocado at mealtime.
This is no longer just your boring salad - it's an "everything bowl." And it's jam-packed with protein and vitamins. It's a daily source of hyper-nourishment because it contains all the colors of the rainbow, or pretty much all of the disease-fighting phytonutrients and antioxidants that nature has to offer. We experiment with dressings or sometimes just squeeze some lemon juice on it and I literally never get tired of it! Here's an example of one of our creations below. Try it sometime and add everything you like!