Category Archives: Main Dish Salads

Cobb Salad

Cobb Salad

Lets talk salad.

It’s so easy to make salad for dinner but a good, hearty salad that is filling and fulfilling may take a few extra minutes. Sometimes it takes the pressure of making a big ol’ meal and going back to basics.

Here is a simple but incredible Cobb Salad.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb cripsy cooked bacon
  • 2 cups chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups cubed ham
  • 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup cheese, shredded
  • 3 eggs, hard boiled
  • Homemade croutons
  • Blue cheese dressing

Wash and dry lettuce.

In 2 large bowls divide all the ingredients for two main dish salads. Equally portion out the toppings onto each salad.

IMG_6841Don’t forget to add fresh cracked pepper at the end. 
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Top with dressing and viola, you have an incredibly healthy, hearty salad that is bound to fill you up.

*Fresh tomatoes from the garden and real bacon verses bacon bits will make this salad that much better. (Please don’t buy bacon bits) Bacon isn’t meant to be preserved and sat on the shelf for 9 months.

Grilled Romaine Hearts

This is a great twist on your typical salads. If you are like us, we tend to eat salad on a “too” regular basis. We love our greens and love salads, especially as my garden is growing really great toppings for a nice crisp summer salad. And though salad is great, we like to switch things up a bit now and again too.

Now this is a salad that made me very excited and was really easy to grill. I buy romaine from Costco for $3 for 6 romaines. I made this the other night for the family and my husband preferred to eat it as is, rather than add all the yummy goodness once grilled. Both ways are really good but my way was a little less healthy but too delicious to deny. :)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Romaine heart, sliced in half
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Fresh cracked pepper
  • Sea Salt
  • Garlic Salt
  • EVOO
  • Dressing of choice (optional)
  • Glazed praline nuts (optional)

Wash and slice romaine in half lengthwise.

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On a plate, or grill basket, place romaine to keep from falling apart while seasoning.

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Season with salt, pepper and garlic salt.

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Cut lemon in half and squeeze throughout both romaines.

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Now you are ready to grill.

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Place face down on the grill for 2-3 minutes. Once lightly golden, remove with tongs.

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Eat as is! My husband prefers it as is but tonight I wanted a smidgen of blue cheese dressing and glazed praline nuts. My way was less healthy, but DEFINITELY not worth arguing about. :)

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Served with Bacon Wrapped Sausages.

Crunchy Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad usually consists of Roman Noodles for the crunch and although I have had that from time to time and do enjoy it, I decided to opt out this time and go for a “bang” with no Roman but still Crunchy Asian chicken salad.

The homemade dressing with the delicious crunch was exactly what I had been waiting for all day long. I made it in bulk to eat throughout the week and my husband and I absolutely love it!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Green Cabbage, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup Bok Choy, Chopper
  • 1 cup cucumbers, diced
  • 3/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1/2 cup radish, chopped
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Chicken, chopped (rotisserie chicken works great)
  • Chinese noodles, for topping

Asian Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp Soy Vay Teriyaki*
  • 4 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp srracha sauce (½ tsp if you prefer a little less kick)
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 4 tsp sesame oil

Chop celery along with the leafy greens. Place in a large glass bowl.

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Chop romaine.

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Add in bok choy.

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Chop cabbage and mix together.

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Add in cucumbers, carrots and radishes.

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Mix well.

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After ingredients are mixed, add in cilantro.

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This salad will keep in large glass bowl for 4-5 days allowing for small meals throughout the week. Only add the dressing to your individual portion to keep the salad fresh.

In your serving bowl that you are preparing to eat, add salad mix and chopped chicken (optional).

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To make the dressing combine all ingredients in a small bowl to save throughout the week as well. Spoon one to two spoonfuls on top of your salad and mix well.

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Toss your salad with Chinese noodles and slivered almonds.

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This is a great side dish or main dish salad. It’s very refreshing and definitely filling. We have been addicted to this for the past week and a half and still have not got sick of it. :)

*If you do not have a teriyaki marinade, than use 4-5 tbsp regular teriyaki as it’s less rich than the marinade.

 

Mediterranean Salad

My husband and I love cucumbers, tomatoes and rice vinegar with oil as a delicious summer snack. I’ve been making this snack all week long and decided to spice it up a bit by adding a lot more items to use as a main dish salad.

We love this salad and it is healthy, filling and fulfilling.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups bok choy, chopped
  • 1 cup cucumbers, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, add bok choy, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado and cilantro.

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Chicken Salad

Since we have been gone for two weeks on vacation and we are only home for four days before we head back out for another five-day-get-away for my grandma’s funeral, I am very adamant not to go grocery shopping. Monday night when we got home I ran to the store to grab the staples: milk, bananas, bread, meat, and lettuce. I only spent $40 and am making this last four days while utilizing meat from our freezer for protein.

Tonight I wanted a quick meal as we don’t need leftovers in the house; I decided on a quick, healthy big chicken salad. However, I still have to go to the store (sad face), this is how empty our fridge is; no dressings. I could resort to our rice vinegar with a dash johnny seasoning dressing, but because it is our only dish tonight, I thought we need the “comfort” dressing of blue cheese or ranch; add some fat to our meal.

I assume my husband won’t be a big fan of this dish as he loves comfort food, but decided he doesn’t need to know until it’s served before him. :) He will eat what’s provided, but guarantee he will eat more snacks tonight to feel more “satisfied.” Funny how our minds play this game on us, to me it just proves that we don’t eat healthy enough on a regular basis that our bodies ‘think’ they need more fatty, comfort food, rather than being satisfied with a salad that always fills our tummies. Roughage is a great filler and tells our bodies we are full when we actually are; leaving us to not overeat. Although, maybe I can blame it on vacation, we ate so terrible while we were gone (hince the word “vacation”) so maybe that’s why healthy food right now seems appealing. We ate ourselves into food comas. :)

Chicken Salad:

  • Spinach
  • Chicken
  • Beets
  • Avocado
  • Tomato
  • Mushrooms
  • Croutons
  • Blue Cheese

Enjoy a healthy salad now and again even if your man doesn’t prefer them. It’s always good to stick to roughage as it’s healthy, filling and helps get our servings of vegetables and/or fruit.