Very Veggie Salad
I posted this salad on my Insta stories the other day and had a TON of requests for the recipe - so here it is! Every Sunday my husband and I make 8 of these salads to have for our lunches Monday thru Thursday. This frees up my days to focus on more important things than “what’s for lunch?” and allows me to fuel and nourish my body consistently with minimal effort. Prepping meals really can be a game changer. Jocko Willink says “Discipline equals freedom.” and I 100% agree.
When I set myself up for success 4 days a week with healthy lunch choices it gives me the freedom to focus elsewhere AND the freedom to enjoy other foods that are more meaningful to me at other times. Lots of freedom!
COOK TIME: 45 Minutes
8 cups Mixed Greens
1 cup Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
4 Mini Cucumber (Sliced)
1 Yellow Bell Pepper (chopped)
1 cup Carrots (shredded)
1 cup Beet (pre-cooked, chopped)
1 Avocado (1/4 per salad)
1/4 cup Walnut Oil
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1 lb Chicken Breast
1 tsp Garlic Powder (To taste)
1 tsp Onion Powder (To taste)
1 tsp Paprika (To taste)
1 Sea Salt & Black Pepper (To taste) Salt & Black Pepper (to taste)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line baking sheet with foil and place chickens on sheet.
Season with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, sea salt, and black pepper.
Place in oven and cook for 25-30 minutes depending on thickness of chicken.
If preparing in advance, take out 4 containers and place the greens into each container.
Wash and cut the tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, and beets into smaller pieces as desired. Divide these vegetables and the shredded carrots into the containers.
Once chicken is done cooking, let cool for 10 minutes. Cut up into smaller pieces and divide evenly into your salad containers.
If preparing your dressing in advance, pour 1 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar into small containers to keep the dressing on the side.
Wait until you are ready to eat your first salad to cut open your avocado. If stored properly, they should last for at least an extra day or two once cut open.
Choose Your Favorite Veggies
We tend to stick with these basic veggies and might also throw in some celery, onions, or mushrooms.
The More The Merrier
Veggies are generally very low in calories and packed with nutrition so don't worry so much about the quantities. Other than beets (which are higher in sugar), the more the merrier! Be more mindful when it comes to the avocado, chicken, and oil used in the salad dressing as those are very calorically dense.