Tuesday, March 4, 2014

On Rotation // Crunchy Vegetable Salad with Warmed Champagne Dressing

It may not look like anything more than your average green salad in the photo above, but trust me when I tell you this salad is anything but ordinary. I've made it twice in the last week alone, even adding in some chopped chicken to make it a more substantial meal. It has so many good for you veggies and requires very little prep time. It's tossed in a warm champagne vinaigrette that takes the bite out of some of the crunch in the uncooked veggies, making it seem more indulgent than what you figure a health food salad should be. The good news is that you probably have half of the ingredients in your fridge like I did, making this an easy to throw together meal one night this week.

If you have a Trader Joe's nearby: I suggest buying a pre-packaged mixture of shaved kale, brussel sprouts and broccoli like I did (find it right alongside the other pre-packaged mixtures). It makes prep a snap! 

If not: You can always use a mandolin to shave down a couple of sprouts and a large spear of broccoli as well. Roll and chop your Tuscan Kale leaves down to make sure they are bite size.


In a bowl toss together:

Kale/Brussel Sprout/Broccoli mixture (I fill a large serving bowl 3/4 full)
Handful of sliced pearl tomatoes (sub in dried cranberries if you don't like tomato)
1/2 a small red onion sliced thin
1 chopped avocado
1 diced green apple
1/4 cup of pitted kalamata olives (warmed in microwave)
1 fresh, uncooked corn on the cob - kernels sliced right off the cob and into your bowl
1/4 cup of feta cheese (I used non-fat feta) 
1 diced chicken breast

1/2 cup prepared champagne vinaigrette

Warm a 1/2 c. of the champagne vinaigrette and drizzle on top of greens. I always start with a 1/4 cup and let the greens wilt down and see if I want to add the additional reserved 1/4 cup. You want to leave a little crunch!  Trader Joe's also has a really nice champagne vinaigrette, but you can easily whip one up yourself

Serves: 2 for a full meal / 4 as a side dish


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