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The Good Salad with Creamsicle Dressing and Candied Nuts

Refreshed and up to date, this submit outlines the proper salad recipe plus two DIY toppings and hyperlinks to extra crunchy salad weblog posts. 

The Perfect Salad //

The Good Salad

What can be in your ideally suited salad? Mine would function a terrific steadiness of diet and taste and it might not be a tiny meager salad!

The right salad can be plant-based, with leafy greens or a grain/pasta base with greens aplenty, topped with fish (ideally salmon!) and it might have a lot of totally different flavors and textures of nice cheese and candied nuts woven along with a creamy dressing.

Whether or not it’s a facet salad or a foremost course, good salads should have a scrumptious dressing! No bottles of fats free for me. 

The Perfect Salad //

My purpose when constructing the proper salad is at all times to get a very good mixture of taste, texture, and macronutrients.


On this case I went with native greens and canned salmon. A wonderfully seared piece of salmon can be ideally suited, however on this busy Monday canned was best. I knocked out protein, omega-3s and vitamin D in a single fell swoop.

Wholesome Fat

Wholesome fat additionally come from an olive-oil based mostly dressing, an area cheese (plus extra calcium!) and the almonds.

Sure the almonds have some sugar and butter concerned, however the quantity is comparatively low when combined in sparingly. And the flavour is oh-so-powerful! I don’t imagine it’s important to have a eating regimen fully void of sugar to be wholesome – I simply assume it must be in small doses or on particular events.

Dates or dried cranberries can add that contact of sweetness as nicely. 

Advanced Carbs

Lastly a meal isn’t full for me with out some long-lasting complicated carbohydrates.

On this salad they got here within the type of a spinach feta roll, however any type of complicated carbohydrate will do: candy potato, cooked wheatberries, complete grain croutons, brown rice, toast.

I can eat all of the protein on this planet, but when I don’t have at the least slightly carbohydrates at lunch I’ll be hungry an hour later.

Favourite Toppings

A few of my favourite salad toppings embrace: bell peppers, cherry tomatoes (in the summertime!), recent corn minimize off the cob, roasted greens, avocado, goat cheese, toasted walnuts, parmesan crisps, truffle almonds, and peas (sure, peas!) Mainly something however crimson onions 😉 


Good Salad Components

Listed here are two of the mini recipes I used to make this one smashing Hugh Jass salad!

Creamsicle Dressing

This dressing has hints of orange, sweetness from honey and creaminess from Greek yogurt. The right trace of creamsicle!

  • 2 tbsp olive oil (bonus factors if it’s orange flavored!)
  • 1 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp orange juice (lemon juice can work too however you’ll lose slightly of the sicle taste!) 
  • 1 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp honey or maple syrup 
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of kosher salt and pepper

Mix in jar and shake nicely.

Creamsicle Dressing //

Straightforward Microwave Candied Nuts

Nothing makes a salad just like the candy, crunchy spice of candied nuts. My spiced pecan recipe is a favourite, however these almonds come collectively in simply minutes within the microwave for these days once you’re a bit impatient. You may definitely make these on the range high as nicely if you want.

Easy, Microwaved Candied Nuts //

Microwave Candied Almonds

  • 1 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/16 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup sliced almonds

Mix first 4 components in a bowl and microwave for 15 to twenty seconds. Stir to combine. Add almonds and coat with combination. Enable to chill earlier than having fun with in your salad.

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Easy, microwaved candied nuts //

Extra Salad Concepts

What’s atop of your favourite salad?



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