not your average salad

Not Your Average Salad … let’s try an experiment

Tired of eating the same sad rabbit food in your cubicle each day when lunchtime rolls around? Or maybe you’ve become “burnt out” on salads and haven’t eaten one in months because you overdosed during your last health kick. Since they require a bit more advance prep that other dishes, it’s easy to get stuck in a salad rut.

If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it – right? However, if you can’t stomach the sight of your daily salad anymore, something is definitely broken. This salad recipe is perfect for when you need to shake things up and fall in love with salads again. It’s delicious, packed with nutrition, and satisfying enough for a stand-alone meal.

It’s made with a flavorful combo of arugula and red-leaf lettuce that gets topped with amazing homemade croutons (seriously, so much better than store-bought and so easy to make too), roasted beets, bacon, fresh tomatoes, nutty toasted sunflower seeds, and a drizzle of tangy balsamic vinaigrette. Greater than the sum of its parts, the resulting combo is equal parts salty and sweet, crunchy and creamy, fresh and decadent. You and your family are sure to love it!

How to make not your average salad:

  1. Make homemade croutons.
  2. Heat a sauté pan over medium heat.
  3. Add a generous drizzle of olive oil.
  4. Add bread cubes and season them to taste with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  5. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally and adding more olive oil if needed, until lightly browned. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate and cool completely.
  6. Assemble salad.
  7. In a serving bowl, toss together arugula and lettuce.
  8. Arrange rows of beets, bacon bits, and tomatoes overtop, getting as artistic (or not) as you like.
  9. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds and drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette. Enjoy immediately!

Margeaux Chudy is a mom, yoga teacher, and food blogger. She specializes in easy plant-based recipes, with an affinity for creating healthy desserts. When she isn’t taking care of her two-year-old son or working, you can find her trail running, reading, practicing yoga, and making crafts.

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