Thursday, January 24, 2013

Whats On Your Salad #3

Emerald, Tender Shoots, Jade, Sunflower, and Poppy Red too!
Beautiful, fun colors breaking out this year into all realms of fashion and home design. Have you purchased a few pieces of these colors? Seen the latest trends flying off the shelves of Target's home section? I was just there hoping to score a few good finds. Thankfully, the section was sparse, keeping my wallet happy and full.
I walked on, sad face and all. Until I hit the grocery section. There I found the colors I was after.

I know, I know....weird twist but I couldn't resist. Work with me. Think about it. These bright, vibrant hues are found all through nature. And they should be showing up on your plate too.

All of our "stay fit" & "get fit" efforts will be washed away if we're eating wrong. If you're taking the time to eat properly, then in essence, you're rewarding yourself for all the hard work you've put in. Salads are, seriously, an easy choice in making sure to fill up on nutrition and healthy bites! When you take the time to fill your bowl with shades of green from lettuces, bright orange from carrots or tangerines, poppy reds of apples, and yellows of seeds and've rewarded your body for all the *hell you put it through during your workouts.

What I learned this week....raisins on salads are like candy. scallops make anything fancy. there is a difference between sherry and red vinegar. tahini is expensive, I must make hummus asap. arugula is super rich in nutrients and a little zesty. #whatsonyoursalad is working, it even inspired the cashier. salads make me smile.

My week of salads.

Seared scallops?! uh, yes please! Hubs said it was like dining out. I highly, highly recommend trying this! You know I'm craving sweets when I toss apples and raisins into my salad, I'm always relieved at how this hits the spot. And, hello, new way to use chickpea's. Yum!

*I know some of you are concerned with the calorie count of store bought dressings. I try to stick with the 2 tbs rule but sometimes you just can't help it! One way to curve this is by creating your own dressing. I'm really impressed with the dressings from this month and look forward to sharing them all with you next week!

In the meanwhile, back to last week's Thai Peanut Slaw Salad...

Grab a bag of slaw and thawed frozen peas, plus handfuls of chopped cilantro, green onion, and peanuts. The original recipe also calls for chopped red peppers and mint. Mix all of these in a large bowl and toss with dressing. This is an excellent side dish or stand alone salad. It is amazing with chicken rolled up as a wrap.

Thai Peanut Dressing 

1 granny smith apple chopped
1 1/2 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs seaseme oil
1 tbs white rice vinegar
2 tbs peanut butter (make your own like me!)
1 tbs water
pinches of garlic and paparika
Dump in blender then toss with slaw mix!

I've linked this with Work It Wednesdays and Wonderful Food Wednesday (archive linky below the break)

Last weeks top viewed salads are here and here. You know you want to see if it was yours!
Lindsay and Annie kept it fun this week via twitter//IG and this Lindsay caught my story about the cashier who swiped my salad but didn't want to give back.

I'm really looking forward to your salad creations!!!
Next week will be our final round, so fill your plate with color and show it off!

Link your post below! 
Grab the button if you'd like but def be cool and link back.
If you don't have a post ready (or relateable), no prob. 
Join us with the hashtag #whatsonyoursalad or comment below with your creative spins to eating salads!

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Lindsay Erin said...

I learned the same thing about craisins! yum. My link will be live tomorrow.

Tracy said...

Hi Kristine....Thanks for your comment on my blog! Your blog is new to me but I'll add it on to my reader. Have a great day!

Tracy @ The Runner's Palate

R's Rue said...

This looks great!

Unknown said...

Love that dressing recipe!! Cannot wait to try it!

Unknown said...

Your thai dressing recipe sounds delicious, I will definitely have to try that! Yummy salads!!

Inge Lakawa said...

wow your salads look so wow x3 yummy. i ate something like your peanut salad few days ago. taste nice. thanks for sharing :)

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Unknown said...

I'm excited to try the thai peanut salad and dressing!

Beth said...

This looks SO good!

Lauren said...

Hi Kristine! I always love looking at your "What's on your salad" posts; however, I have a confession. I really don't LOVE salad. In fact, the best salad I can make myself eat is one that lacks really much nutritional value at ALL (i.e.- iceberg/romaine lettuce, carrots, croutons, cucumbers and low-fat ranch).

Do you have any advice on how to ease into salads for someone who is super picky (I have a hard time with combining lots of things into one?) or do you think it's best to continue to get all my fruits/veggies in a different avenue?

I appreciate your advice/help!

Unknown said...

This salad look soooo yummy! I just pinned the recipe. I am really excited about your blog! I am in serious need of losing weight and getting my family healthier so you are like my idol right now! We recently started green smoothies every day and our next goal is eating more salad. Your blog is going to be so helpful for me! :)

The Pin Junkie said...

I really love the "What's on Your Salad" Link party you do each week. I'm hosting my very first link party and you're welcome to join in and link up at

Tatiana said...

omg, all of these look soo good! can't wait to try it :3

A Little Slice Of said...

This looks so good too! I'll do this Thai peanut slaw later in the week, thanks!

A Little Slice Of said...

This looks so good too! I'll do this Thai peanut slaw later in the week, thanks!

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