Salad Bowls

My favourite things in the kitchen right now are salad bowls.  Fresh beautiful local produce, a source of protein, a delicious dressing and an optional grain or noodle makes a wonderful meal.  Healthy, filling, beautiful and uses up odds and ends in the fridge.

You can mix and match depending what you have in the house but I would recommend adding some leafy greens, something with some crunch, something a little bit sweet, refreshing or salty, at least one protein and fill it up with anything else you love.

Crunchy options:

  • nuts or seeds
  • green onions
  • sugar snap peas
  • Kale chips
  • crumbled nacho chips
  • red peppers

Sweet, refreshing or salty options:

  • berries
  • dried raisins/cranberries
  • fresh peas
  • orange slices
  • grapefruit segments
  • candies or salted nuts
  • corn
  • baby tomatoes
  • spiralized and grated beet or carrot

Grain (or grain alternative) options:

  • rice noodles
  • brown rice
  • quinoa
  • bean thread noodles/glass noodles
  • kelp noodles
  • buckwheat
  • oat groats

Protein options:

  • chicken
  • turkey
  • pork
  • beef
  • beans
  • fish
  • seeds and nuts
  • lentils
  • tofu

Sauce options:

Recently I made a delicious salad bowl with quinoa, black beans, basil lime dressing, leftover chicken, leftover red cabbage, kale chips, sugar snap peas, red peppers, green onions and a dollop of fresh pesto.  It was a perfect meal and and a fun game for my six year old to count how many different veggies were present in the meal 🙂