We have finally come to the last recipe as part of my How to Cook Meals in Bulk series: Spinach Salad with Protein.
This is an easy and fast spinach salad to prepare. It doesn’t require any cooking — just washing and chopping of vegetables.
You can add any meat you choose and a variety of ingredients. Use different vegetables like red or yellow peppers, grated carrots, grated beets. celery, tomato, Savoy cabbage, red cabbage, green onion, chopped broccoli, kale, etc. The more fresh vegetables you have on hand, the better.
Toppings can range from any type of nut (almonds, filberts, walnuts, pecans, macadamia) or seed (sesame, sunflower, pumpkin).
Add a touch of natural sweetness to bring out more flavour. You can use dried fruit like a small handful (¼ cup for two people) of cranberries, raisins, or currents. Or use fresh fruit instead, e.g. grate a fresh apple, add sliced strawberries or a large handful of fresh blueberries.
To make a fat-healthy salad dressing use extra virgin olive oil, flax oil, or a dash of sesame oil. Add to that some quality balsamic vinegar, a wine vinegar, an organic apple cider vinegar, or juice a half or a full lemon or lime.
To make your dressing creamy, add one tablespoon (per person) of Tzatziki, real mayonnaise (made from olive oil), or a full-fat plain yogurt (instead of a store-bought Caesar dressing or similar).
Freshly ground pepper and a sea salt will bring out the flavours of all the ingredients. Don’t be afraid to add fresh herbs like chives, basil, rosemary, etc.
If you have a well stocked kitchen it will be easy and fun to make something different every time based on what you have available.
For the protein add whatever you want. If you have cooked meals in your fridge you can use one of the meats, like chicken or steak. Slice it up and serve it cold, or warm it up (but not hot as it will wilt the salad) if you prefer.
Look for more big-bowl salad meal recipes coming some. I need to take pictures of my salad preparation and the final product before I can post more of these yummy recipes.