|My own pasta salad with vinegar, |
sundried tomatoes, carrots, scallions &
But then I became a vegan! And by force of my dietary limitations (gluten-free, soy-free, sugar-free) I'm starting to slowly warm to them. All of a sudden I'm discovering that you can actually eat salads for complete, nutrient dense meals! And eating them makes you feel well nourished and energetic!
The only thing is, I was kind of at a loss on how to create a diverse enough salad to keep me satiated AND provide me with a wide variety of nutrients.
Enter the amazing vegan low-fat blog world.
I am so grateful to all my favorite bloggers for teaching me how to do this! I've been easing into this slowly but the more I read Wendy's (Healthy Girl's Kitchen) posts on how she and her husband eat a salad for dinner nightly, the more I'm becoming jazzed up to actually give this whole salad thing a try! At first I didn't think it was practical--how was I going to find the time to prep all the raw veggies, etc, during the week! And what was I going to put on it for dressing?? But then Wendy once again came to the rescue--just recently she posted that she makes all their salad dressings for the week once on the weekend and she also shared the helpful information that without the dressing, a prepped salad can last for several days!
So I'm going to start trying it! For my food plan next week salad is going to factor in prominently! My life is becoming more complicated with each passing day and I'm set to travel nearly all of March so I'm going to need some simpler foods to prepare while I'm on the road. I'm thinking HELLLLOOOOOO Soups and Salads!
Some great resources in the blogosphere that I have found to guide this new food category for me include:
Tons of AWESOME resources in Wendy's blog "Healthy Girl's Kitchen:"
|HGK's No Oil |
Caesar Salad Dressing
- The BIG List of No-Oil Salad Dressings: Wonderful dressing options from multiple sources! Ranging from Dijon Pistachio Dressing to Chef AJ's Husband's Favorite No-oil Balsamic Vinaigrette!
- How To Build A Nutrient Dense Salad
- Time-Saving Tips To Make Salads AND A RECIPE: Roasted Kabocha Squash, Dried Fig and Walnut Salad
- My absolute favorite salad dressing I've made so far: HGK's No-Oil Caesar Salad Dressing! I alter it by not adding the soy sauce. Instead I add 1/4 cup oat milk (original flavor) AND I add 2 full mini bottles of capers instead of just 2 Tbl! I think I like the flavor of capers...hehe:-)
Fantastic posts on Susan Voisin's blog "Fat-Free Vegan Kitchen:"
- Right up my alley: Tips for Eating Salads When You Don't Want To & RECIPE: Hidden Cashew Ranch Dressing!
- RECIPES: Salad recipes galore!! Such a large list and so much variety! Everything from Artichoke Pesto Pasta to Thai Salad in Pineapple BBQ Sauce!
- RECIPES: Salad dressings: Once again a wide variety of types of dressings, ranging from Blueberry Vinaigrette to Guacamole Goddess Dressing
- My New Roots Roasted Sesame Winter Slaw
- Romaine & Avocado Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing from the Party Vegan Cookbook by Robin Robertson
A BIG thank you to all you bloggers out there who give us SUCH great salad recipes and "how-tos!"
Do you all eat many salads? If so what are your favorite combos and do you have any favorite healthy dressings to recommend? Would love to learn more from y'all!!
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