Category: Salads

Eat the Rainbow! 14 delicious and nutritious salads from the weekly menu

14 Delicious + Nutritious Salad Recipes | Gluten-Free

Salads are the easiest way to fill up on delicious and nutritious veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, lean protein, and good-for-you fats.  These 14 salads are gluten-free with healthified homemade dressings! Eat The Rainbow Indeed! When spring rolls around cravings shift from soups and stews to bright, beautiful salads.  Aren’t all the spring and summer seasonal fruits and veggies so wonderful! I grow asparagus in the patio garden so when it is actually growing, I throw a some on all my salads.  It may not be an ingredient in the recipe but I’ll add it if I have it.  It is such a great detoxifier. Most of the cook time for a salad may just be a protein or some of the vegetables.  So it is...

caesar salad with homemade dressing, gluten-free croutons and parmesan cheese

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing | Gluten-Free

A quick and easy recipe for gluten-free homemade Caesar salad dressing made with clean ingredients and healthy fats (avocado oil) whipped up in a mason jar with an immersion blender. Gluten-Free Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing This is actually a recipe Brett makes that he adapted from Once Upon a Chef’s homemade Caesar salad dressing.  And it is one of our favorites!  We use homemade mayo and less of it (1/2 cup instead of a full cup) because we like it to be nice and garlicky with a strong anchovy flavor.   Of course, you can adjust the amount of mayo to get it just right for you.   It might be a little sacrilege to some people, but I love using mayonnaise as the base.  It...

Eatin’ Clean in 2019 + A Seasonal Salad | Gluten-Free

Easy Gluten-Free Recipes Coming in 2019 This year I want to focus on some super simple gluten-free recipes.  And highlight some of my favorite products I’ve found over the last eight years that make eating gluten-free so much easier and tastier.   Like how to make a super simple but really tasty gluten-free pasta dish or goat cheese mozzarella sticks. And we are starting with this seasonal winter salad made with local products we love.   As you may know, after giving up dairy for several years I’ve introduced some goat cheese back into my diet again.  And I’m so excited!  There are so many different varieties of goat cheese now, too.  Soft, hard, semi-hard.  Funny Farm makes a fantastic pepper jack and mozzarella that...

salad with mango, black beans, wild rice, avocado, tomato, and more veggies

Mango, Black Beans and Wild Rice Salad | Gluten-Free

Mango, Black Beans and Wild Rice Salad We eat a lot of salads.   There really is no better way to get all that dietary fiber to feed those gut bugs, good fat, vitamins, minerals and all things good for you in a satisfying meal.   And since mangos are in season right now – we must eat them!   Why not make a mango, black beans and wild rice salad? So I’ve been on a lentil and long grain and wild rice kick lately after realizing how good they actually are for us.  They really up the amount of dietary fiber we are taking in.   And I’ve seen a huge improvement in my digestion, too.  #feedthegutbugs Prep Ahead There are several things that...

“Healthified” Fried Chicken Salad | Gluten-Free, Goat’s Milk

Fried Chicken Salad with Ranch Dressing I think it might be one of my very favorite things. Fried chicken salad with ranch dressing was one of my go-to orders at Whataburger. I don’t know if they even serve them anymore. But we often make them at home now – just a much healthier gluten-free version. We use goat’s milk yogurt and a ranch spice blend to make the dressing instead of bottled ranch because it is better for gut health. Food Choices For Gut Health Since I’ve been reading about gut health and how important it is to feed our gut microbiota both prebiotics and probiotics, we’ve adapted so many classic favorites into much healthier versions. Prebiotics feed our gut bacteria while probiotics help our...

Asparagus Mango Spring Salad with Goat Cheese Croutons | Gluten-Free

Asparagus and Mango Spring Salad Spring is here! I love this time of year so much. Nothing says spring like asparagus.  And the fruit available this time of year include some of my favorites. We found the most wonderful sweet grapes called Candy Hearts from Melissa’s Produce and organic mangos. So an asparagus and mango spring salad sounded perfect. We’ve been growing our own asparagus and this is the first season we could actually harvest it.  Although we live in an apartment, there is a nice sized back yard so I have potted herbs and plants growing everywhere. We have basil, thyme, oregano, and chives growing. Basil really grows well when planted with tomatoes. When I first started planting things, I used this great book...

Leftover Pork Tenderloin Salad | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

I love to mix up textures in salads but also get as much color as I can for the variety of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and dietary fiber.  Eat the rainbow indeed! Leftover Pork Tenderloin Salad One of my favorite dinners is Apple Cider Brined Pork Tenderloin.  It is so lean and clean and flavorful.   I make an apple cider from organic apple juice then create a brine to marinate two large pork tenderloins overnight.   We’ll have one for dinner with roasted organic apples and carrots and some kind of greens.  Then I save the other one to use in a leftover pork tenderloin salad the next day. The pork has such a delicious wonderful apple flavor that I love to add fruit...

Southwestern Steak Salad | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Summer time = Big Ol’ Salad time! And grilling season! So why not indulge in a steak salad loaded with veggies and a perfectly grilled steak! The nice thing is you can add whatever veggies you like or want to throw on the grill. We usually grill mushrooms and red bell peppers and now corn is in season so go ahead and grill some of that too.   Whatever your heart desires. You can’t really go wrong with a steak salad. Make a Simple Vinaigrette I like to make a really simple vinaigrette with pretty clean ingredients: red wine vinegar EVOO fajita seasoning a little honey or agave It goes so well with all the “Southwestern” types of veggies like avocado, corn, black beans, carrots…...

salad nicoise with green beans, potatoes, eggs, tomatoes and turkey

Salad Niçoise | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

Salad Niçoise Salad Niçoise is traditionally made with eggs, green beans, potatoes, tomatoes, olives and fish tossed in a lemony vinaigrette.  It is probably one of my all-time favorite salads. During the summer I have a ton of basil, thyme and oregano growing in the garden to make the vinaigrette.  And fresh green beans are in season so it is perfect for this time of year!     Tossing the warm potatoes in the lemony herbed vinaigrette before adding it to the salad takes it to another level.   Customize It Although it is traditionally served with tuna fish or anchovies, I’m not a huge fan of fish.  So we use deli turkey instead. If you use any type of canned tuna keep in mind...

Asian Chicken Salad | Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free

A delicious salad full of nutrients and dietary fiber and dressed with a gluten-free, dairy-free Asian sauce.  You can easily make the fried rice noodles, too! Asian Chicken Salad You know I love a salad piled high with veggies! I really think it is the best way to fill my body with nutrients, minerals and all the goodies you get from fresh veggies. And I’m always looking for ways to use up the rest of a head of cabbage. And in this case we had a little extra red lettuce so we added it in with the Romaine, too. Add in a little lean protein and a simple homemade vinaigrette or dressing and life is good! We love trying new dressings and flavor combinations. Finding inspiration...