Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Throw together salad

Sometimes you just have to start throwing stuff together, or rather, sometimes you just have to start throwing FOOD together.

These last few weeks I've been very inconsistent with the effort it takes to eat and feed my family a clean diet.  You can't fall off the planning bandwagon.  Period.  Plan, prepare and then repeat.  But in real life there are times when you haven't planned and haven't prepared and that's when, if you have some spare fruit and veggies, vinegar, honey, oil and spices laying around, you may be on the verge of a very yummy throw-together meal!

I literally grabbed every fruit and vegetable I had left in the fridge and stuck it on the counter and decided to make a salad out of it.  There were some leftover broiled chicken tenders in the fridge that just happened to work out perfect for adding protein to the salad.  Here's what I came up with:

Throw-together salad

2 broccoli crowns cut into small pieces
2 cups fresh baby spinach coarsely chopped
1/4 chopped red onion
1/2 cup crushed cashew pieces
1/2 cup golden raisins
about 6 strawberries sliced
6 diced leftover broiled chicken tenders


1/2 c. apple cider vinegar
2 T. honey
1/2 t. poppy seeds
1/2 t. ground ginger
1/4 t. sea salt
1/2 c. light olive oil

Put all the chopped veggies, fruit and nuts in a large bowl.  In separate bowl whisk vinaigrette ingredients together.  Pour over salad mix and mix well.  Add chicken and mix well.


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