This chopped green garden salad is filled with crunchy, antioxidant and nutrient rich green vegetables, green apple, and pepita seeds; smothered with a creamy avocado and lime dressing.
Some days you wake up and your body tells you that it needs to get its green on. Yes, this even happens to this plant based diet vegan chick. This chopped green garden salad is exactly what you’ll need to quench that craving. It’s filled with the healthiest green vegetables, pepita seeds, green apple, and a green avocado and lime dressing, and let me tell you, it’s not only deliciously fresh, it’s satisfying.
Chopped salad is my favorite kind of salad because everything in it is slightly smaller than bite size, which means that you can pierce a fork full of everything so you get all of the flavors in one fabulous bite. In the case of this chopped green salad, you get a little spinach, romaine lettuce, kale, broccoli, peas, green apple, and pepita seeds. That’s a lot of crunch!
Staying with the theme of the salad, the avocado lime dressing is also green, and creamy, and tangy, and a perfect match for such a bold mix of veggies. The tanginess of the lime compliments the sweet-tart flavor of the green apple so well. Those are exactly the flavors you need for the more subtle tastes of the vegetables. It’s also extra healthy because I put the broccoli stems in for even more vitamins and antioxidants.
Because all of the ingredients are pretty hearty, you can make it ahead of time and eat it later without worrying about it wilting. Don’t put the dressing on it until you’re ready to eat it, that way you can even save it for the next day. This is a perfect salad to pack up in a mason jar and take with you to work.
If you’re in the mood for a giant, healthy dinner salad, serve it with some warm whole grain bread. You won’t need anything else.
Here’s another idea for you if you have any leftover salad that’s dressing free. Put it in a morning smoothie with pineapple and blueberries. I know, it sounds like a weird thing to do, but trust me, it tastes great!
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Chopped Green Garden Salad
- 1 cup of green peas – cooked
- 1 small head of romaine lettuce – chopped
- 2 cups of chopped spinach
- 2 cups of chopped kale – massage the kale with a rolling pin and remove from the stem first
- 1 cup of chopped broccoli – save the stems for the dressing
- 1 green apple – chopped
- ¼ cup pepita seeds
- 1 avocado
- ½ cup of broccoli stems
- Juice from 2 limes
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ½ teaspoon of oregano
- ½ teaspoon of celery salt
- 1 cup of water
- Fill a large bowl with the vegetables, apple, and pepita seeds. Make the dressing.
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Put the dressing on the salad and toss well.