Despite all the desserts I post on the blog, I typically try to eat healthy. Baking is challenging and fun to me, but if I ate all the desserts I made, I would be in big trouble. My solution is to give most of what I bake away. Part of the fun is to share my new creations with family and friends!
Day to day I try the best I can to eat healthy. I especially like to eat salad for lunch, and typically serve one along with dinner. I tend to eat the same salads over and over and get in a rut because it’s easy and I know what I’m eating is healthy and will last me through the day, etc. I wanted to try something new.
I invited family over to celebrate my husband’s birthday. I was making eggplant parmesan as well as a coconut raspberry cake for dessert. While I was serving eggplant, the dish is not exactly what I would call light. I asked my sister-in-law to bring the salad and she brought the most amazing chopped salad and homemade dressing! It was light and fresh and complimented the meal perfectly.
- 1/2 red leaf lettuce chopped
- 1/4 bag fresh arugula
- 8 large basil leaves
- Turkey pepperoni sliced thin
- 1/4 pint cherry tomatos quartered
- 1 can garbanzo beans rinsed and drained
- 1/2 avocado diced
- 1 handful shredded mozzarella
- 3 large garlic cloves pressed
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- Pinch of salt and pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients and toss well.
- Combine all ingredients and whisk well. Dress lightly right before serving the salad.
- I like to lightly dress the salad and serve the rest of the dressing on the side so everyone can dress their salad as they like.
I served the salad with dinner but was also able to eat the leftovers the next day for lunch. The cheese, turkey pepperoni and garbanzo beans make it hearty enough for lunch but not so heavy that you feel terrible the rest of the day.
This salad is a beautiful combination of healthy vegetables combined with a light, flavorful dressing. It was a nice change to my salad routine that I am going to add to my permanent rotation. I hope you try it as well before you get into your own salad rut!