10 Fresh + Easy Salads to Kick-Off 2015 –– I know what you’re thinking … what have I done? I need a decent walk and a good salad to help me recover from that whirl-wind of holiday that just blew through here –– Maybe? Well, I am and I say, bring on the salads!
Here is a list to help get you pointed in the right direction. Most of these salads would make for not only a delicious lunch but could become your whole dinner plan. Now, when I say “fresh and easy” –– all of these are winter-y fresh delights and can be put together fairly quickly after a few simple steps. Like roasting up some beets, poaching an egg, or whisking a vinaigrette together. Let’s get this new year started right.
The Rio Star Grapefruit and Quinoa Salad (pictured below) is light yet hearty and satisfying for everyone. I usually end up making a double batch of this just so we would have some for lunch the next day.
Living in Texas certainly has its benefits –– like being able to walk outside and grill, however, if you are in snow-country or just don’t want to go outside yet, try this on a grill pan. Finish off the Grilled Cabbage Salad with Blue Cheese & Honey and you’ve got a super easy salad loaded with flavor.
This Shaved Fennel + Orange Salad with Honey Peppercorn Vinaigrette a slightly sweet, tangy, and light salad has quickly become one of my favorites to make.
Pea Tendril Salad With Poached Eggs and Shaved Parmesan Cheese is a simple salad with loads of flavor that’s sure to please while giving that sweet tooth a bit of a break and there’s an egg on top = extra yum.
Roasted Beet Salad with Citrus Cilantro Vinaigrette (pictured below) –– red and golden beets tossed between a citrus-y and cilantro-y vinaigrette then finished with goat cheese crumbles is just what my stomach ordered.
I opted to take my slaw salad to the lighter side by foregoing a thick and creamy-type of dressing and created – Cabbage Salad with Texas Orange Poppy-Seed Dressing. Crispy, tangy, and satisfying.
I used to loath the Brussels sprout but one on the ways it became one of my new favorite vegetables to consume was through this salad: Brussels Sprout and Feta Cheese Salad – packed with crunch, zest and flavor.
This Kale Salad with Honey Pomegranate Dressing (pictured below) is not just another pretty salad, this one is loaded with flavor and nutrition so you can keep the good times rolling after the holiday season.
I love a good Caesar salad –– fresh chopped crispy romaine lettuce tossed in a garlic-y, anchovy, tang-a-licious dressing finished with crackling croutons. There’s an art to it. The dressing has to have the right balance of zest and can’t be too fishy (yes, I prefer anchovies in my dressing but you can leave them out of this recipe if it’s not your thing). The croutons have to have the perfect amount of crunchy goodness and the cheese has to have the right amount of salt. Here I take all of those things up a notch to create the Grilled Texas Caesar Salad. Throw the greens directly on the grill (*see note above in the Grilled Cabbage Salad*) to char them a bit, then add the zippy dressing followed by the crispy croutons.
You know this one –– Warm Orange + Cranberry Kale Salad –– it became a new holiday favorite last month but it’s here to stay into the new year.
Here’s to a delicious 2015!