For a while now, I've been making a salad for Thursday and Saturday lunch. I just fell into the habit because 1) salad is easily transportable and eatable which is great for work on Saturday and 2) it's easy to double the recipe. My salad is pretty simple with lots of delicious ingredients. When I first started to make it, I would add whole wheat pasta to it. When I went gluten-free, I replaced the whole wheat pasta with gluten free pasta. And now that I'm eating paleo, I just skip the pasta altogether but I've added a couple of things to replace it, most notably, more greens. I would argue that it's even better without the pasta. This is a big salad--makes 2 servings--and it's very filling especially if you add 1/2 an avocado to it (but I hate to mix avocado into a salad)
Thursday/Saturday (Paleo) Salad
one bag of organic mixed greens, baby spinach, or arugula (I really love arugula)
one can of wild salmon* or tuna packed in olive oil
3 carrots, finely diced
3 celery stalks
one cucumber diced
1/2 green pepper
1/2 red pepper
1/4 cup diced onion
2 tbsp. fermented relish
2 tbsp. sunflower seeds
1/4 cup finely diced sun-dried tomatoes
juice of 1/2 a lemon
salt and pepper to taste
*if using salmon, add 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Toss all these ingredients together (I use my hands) and divide evenly between two bowls.
The sun-dried tomatoes really add a nice color and a hint of sweetness to the salad. I think this salad is wonderful and I love to play around with it. Sometimes I add slivered almonds instead of sunflower seeds. Sometimes I use basil or garlic-infused olive oil. Sometimes I use apple cider vinegar instead of lemon juice.
A salad is one great, quick, portable, no fuss way to get in lots of veggies (including fermented veggies which are great for the probiotics), good fats and protein.
Here's another salad I enjoy too.