The Super Salad

I touched on this in my last post, but I've been working with a functional nutritionist to get my body working properly, at least from a nutrient standpoint.  She's fabulous and has passed along a few of her favorite recipes that I've been enjoying the past few weeks.  This one is hands down my favorite. 

I've never been 'excited' about salad until this one came across my dinner table and now, everyday, I eat some variation for either lunch or dinner.  It's easy to make, packed with nutrients and comes with a delicious salad dressing, both of which are easily transported to work for an on-the-go lunch option. 

Ingredients:

  1. Lettuce -- anything works, but butter lettuce is delicious
  2. Tomato -- chop up a whole tomato or Roma tomato
  3. Cucumber - I chop up a medium cucumber or 1/3 of an English Cucumber, whichever I have on hand
  4. 1 TBS sunflower seeds, great for linoleic acid, protein, Vitamin E
  5. 1-2 TBS Feta cheese
  6. Chicken: You can use good quality deli meat OR leftover sliced chicken from dinner the night before (I add about 3 ounces of chicken to the salad)

Voila. That's it. I'll add steamed green beans, a cup of peas or beets if I'm really hungry or a small handful of sprouts. But, what makes it delicious is the dressing!

In a small jar, combine the following:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 grated garlic clove (I used this to grate the peeled clove)
  • Dash of sea salt/ground pepper

Shake vigorously until the ingredients are combined and add a 2-3 Tablespoons to the salad. The rest can be stored in the fridge for tomorrow's lunch.

And yes... I make the salad so large that I eat it out of a mixing bowl.  Lots of veggies, packed with vitamins, fiber and healthy goodness! Do you have a favorite or go-to summer salad recipe?