I used to be a plain salad, same salad kind of girl. I would get your standard mixed green or Ceasar Salad. Then I began eating more protein and produce and before I found all that variety had to offer I got stuck in the same salad rut. Funny enough my husband who is a same meal kind of guy. Like when I met him he would only eat “American” food defined by him as Hamburgers, Spaghetti (Technically not American) and Fried Chicken. Anyways, he introduced me to adding fruit into my salad. He used to put strawberries, grapes, blackberries, apples and I thought “Eew, how gross” well you know the adage-Don’t knock it till you try it. Well I was pleasantly surprised. Now I am livening my salads up with different types of nuts, cheese, fruits, and dressings. I especially love homemade dressings I feel they have more flavor and can be fun and inspiring to make. So, usually I make my own dressings.
This weekend I was inspired by a salad I had picked up from Wawa. (Wawa is a NJ/East Coast convenient store chain that offers some made to order meals and express salads, etc.) We were busy, busy and the snacks I had brought were gone. We were still running errands and was starving. I had my husband stop at Wawa and chose a not-great-for-you but better-than-a-fast-food-meal, salad. It was pretty good but I knew I could do better and I did. Got home, did some digging on Pinterest and found a good base for my Spicy Peanut Dressing. As with most recipes I find I reinvented it and made a much healthier option. I wanted a dressing that was Sugar Free (of course) and I used Coconut Oil because it’s a healthier fat then most of the other dressing recipes I found. I also kind of made up the salad as I went along because honestly anyone can throw a salad together. Grilled some chicken with my amazing 5-Spice Season and Ta-Da! This was one of those meals you kind of hum as you took each bite. Yes, that good! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did since I am a little bias.
Do you like fruit in your salad? What’s your favorite salad topping?
- 4 Tbsp Better Body Foods, PBFit
- 3 Tbsp Coconut Aminos
- 2 Tbsp Seasoned Rice Vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. Siracha Sauce
- 1 Tbsp. Grated Ginger
- 1 Lime Juiced
- 2 Tbsp Melted Coconut Oil
- Mix all the in till a smooth consistency and Serve
Mango Salad Suggestion
1 Head Red Leaf Lettuce torn into bite size pieces 1/2 Red Pepper, Julienne 1/2 Yellow Pepper, Julienne 1/2 Orange Pepper, Julienne 1 Carrot Grated or Shredded 1 Avocado Diced 1/4 c. Fresh Cilantro, chopped 1 mango, pitted and diced 1/4 c. Sunflower Seeds