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The great salad toss up

Published on May 8, 2014, by in Recipes, Update.

I’ve needed some new inspiration when it comes to salads. How to you keep eating salads interesting? Mix them up!

I was traveling a few month’s ago and stopped at CIBO Express at O’Hare. I love stopping there as they always have a ton of healthy options. There, I got an insanely delicious salad. It was mixed greens topped with roasted sweet potato, blue cheese, pecans, dried cranberries, and turkey with a champagne vinaigrette. It was so flavorful, filling and comforting because it tasted like Thanksgiving.

This led me to think about how I could build more creative and filling salads rather just than vegetables or my “go to” taco salad.

Here are two that I’ve made lately:

I had a sweet potato with cinnamon. Then I had a salad of spinach, tri color peppers, onion, tomato, mushrooms, carrot shreds, sunflower seeds and a combination of blue and cheddar cheese. Here’s the deal. you don’t need much cheese to add a lot of flavor if you use a flavorful cheese. Then I chopped up a chicken burger and put it on top. It was so delicious!


Another salad I made was a giant pile of delicious. I used spinach and mixed green, cucumber, carrot, tomato and mushrooms. Then I topped it with a combination of Kerrygold Dubliner cheese and feta cheese(again flavorful cheese so you don’t need to use much). Then I put on 1/2 cup of white beans for healthy carbs, fiber and protein. Then, for more protein and a substitute for salad dressing, I topped it with cottage cheese. If you are doing 21 day fix, this is 2 green containers, 1 blue, 1 yellow and 1 red.

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If you do travel a lot, guess what? You can make a salad at home and get it though security! You can even put salad dressing in an empty airline sized alcohol bottle and take it through security in your 3-1-1 bag. No more bad airport meals. Or just stop at CIBO Express(no this is not a sponsored post).

How do you keep your salads exciting? What are some of your favorite toppings?

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