Salads can be simple or complex but freshness and flavor should never lack. They can be a side dish or the main attraction. When done well, you feel satisfied. Your body loves you for fueling it with loads of goodness. Here is my version of a salad I really enjoyed over the summer. A green dream that will go on repeat with different variations depending on the season. There is no stopping you from adding a piece of grilled salmon or a sliced steak to this salad. Endless options!
Washed mixed greens of your choice
1 cup of cooked quinoa (you will probably use 1/2 depending on how many people you are feeding so extra goes in frig for future salads and just saves time!)
One yellow squash and one zucchini diced up then saute in a bit of olive oil and salt & pepper
A few roasted peppers diced up
Roast a handful of pistachios then chop into small pieces ( I used a spice grinder)
One whole avocado sliced (1/2 an avocado per person is good)
Handful of sunflower seeds
Feta cheese for the sprinkling
Fresh pesto to dollop along the plate (buy it or make it)
A French dressing or any other simple dressing (I will be testing out some new dressings and will post them if I like them)
To prepare: It’s so easy!
Toss your greens with a light amount of dressing then place them on individual plate or bowls
Layer on quinoa, warm squash, roasted peppers, crumbled bits of feta, sprinkle on sunflower seeds, small dollops of pesto around the edges of the salad, place your sliced avocado on top, and then finish it off with a sprinkling of pistachios. Easy peasy! Done!