You don’t need to go out to a restaurant for a fancy salad lunch. This salad has everything you need to have a delicious lunch that also boosts your performance. And with a great mix of vegetables and protein with sourdough on the side, you’ll be full and focused until dinner.
White balsamic honey vinaigrette
- 2 tablespoons local honey
- ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ cup white balsamic vinegar
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 4 cups baby spinach, washed
- 4 cups baby kale, washed
- 2 cups blueberries, washed
- ½ cup toasted walnuts (350 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes)
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes or whole tomato, diced into ½-inch pieces
- 1 cup cucumber, diced
- ¼ cup red onion, diced
- 3 ounces brie or feta cheese
- 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
- 12 ounces pre-cooked or leftover protein of choice (chicken, beef, pork, salmon, or textured vegan protein)
- 4 slices sourdough bread
- Mix all vinaigrette ingredients together and reserve in a storage container. This will make more than is needed for the recipe, but it’s a great simple vinaigrette for other salads. Don’t refrigerate if you use olive oil, or it will solidify.
- In a large bowl, mix blueberries, tomato, cucumber, red onion, cheese, white balsamic vinaigrette, and kosher salt. Let these ingredients marinate together for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the spinach and kale to the marinated ingredients so that greens are evenly coated.
- Top with walnuts and protein of choice, and serve with a slice of warm, toasted sourdough bread.
- Try drizzling the sourdough with a little olive oil and sprinkle with some coarse sea salt.
Nutrition facts (per serving)
500 calories; 39 g protein; 46 g carbohydrates; 8 g fiber; 19 g fat
Customize this recipe for your goals
- Stay active: Choosing feta cheese and topping off with some sunflower kernels will increase the B vitamins in this salad, which are important nutrients for energy production.
- Destress: This recipe is full of feel-good foods. Pair it with a cup of green tea to complement the flavors and provide l-theanine, a calming amino acid.
- Maximize performance: Add some cooked quinoa to bring the performance-boosting benefits up a notch with additional fuel from carbohydrates as well as protein and magnesium for muscle recovery.
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