What would be on your ideal salad? Mine would feature a great balance of nutrition and flavor.
My goal when building a salad is always to get a good mix of flavor, texture and macronutrients. In this case we go super healthy with local greens and canned salmon. A perfectly seared piece of salmon would be ideal, but on this busy Monday canned was most efficient. I knocked out protein, omega-3s and vitamin D in one fell swoop.
Healthy fats also come from an olive-oil based dressing, a local cheese (plus more calcium!) and the almonds. Yes the almonds have some sugar and butter involved, but the amount is relatively low when mixed in sparingly. And the flavor is oh-so-powerful! I don’t believe you have to have a diet completely void of sugar to be healthy – I just think it needs to be in small doses or on special occasions.
Finally a meal is not complete for me without some long-lasting complex carbohydrates. Today they came in the form of a spinach feta roll from our bakery, but any kind of complex carbohydrate will do: sweet potato, cooked wheatberries, whole grain croutons, brown rice, toast. I can eat all the protein in the world, but if I don’t have at least a little carbohydrates at lunch I’ll be hungry an hour later.
This lunch kept me full for 4 hours, when I had a few almonds while making dinner.
Here are two of the mini recipes I used to make this one smashing Hugh Jass salad!
- 2 tbsp olive oil (bonus points if it’s orange flavored!)
- 1 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp orange juice
- 1 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp honey
- ½ tsp Dijon mustard
- Pinch of kosher salt
Combine in jar and shake well.
And the almonds…
Nothing makes a salad like the sweet, crunchy spice of candied nuts. My spiced pecan recipe is a favorite, but these almonds come together in just minutes in the microwave for those days when you’re a bit impatient. You can certainly make these on the stove top as well if you wish.
Microwave Candied Almonds
- 1 tbsp salted butter
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1/16 tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ cup sliced almonds
Combine first 4 ingredients in a bowl and microwave for 15 to 20 seconds. Stir to mix. Add almonds and coat with mixture. Allow to cool before enjoying on your salad.
What’s atop of your favorite salad?