Seven Satisfying Salads

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A Salad A Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

Are you a salad person? I pretty much live for salads!!! I dream up yummy flavor combinations and think of how different textures, temperatures and colors will blend together in a big ole bowl of greens!! Drizzling with pesto, lemon vinaigrette or a top off of tahini to finish it off! A Salad is basically my #selfcare in a bowl!

Salads make me happy!!! Turns out the happiness I gain from eating a salad is not all in my head… Researchers found that people who started eating eight servings of fruit and vegetables per day experienced an increase in happiness and overall life satisfaction!ย {Source}

Are you ready to meet your fruit & veggie requirement (7 servings!) and improve your happiness level this week?! Salads {and smoothies!} are an amazing and easy source to do just that! And let’s be honest, the beautiful mix of colors is pretty easy on the eyes!

Dive in and celebrate SEVEN easy salad recipes that you can totally make THIS week!

Romaine Boat Salad

Romaine Boat Salad by Happy Dinner ATX
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5 from 2 votes

Romaine Boat Salad

A Refreshing, Hydrating Salad the entire family will enjoy! Easy fork free side perfect for kiddos and BBQ's!
Course: Salad
Keyword: Romaine Salad
Servings: 4


  • 1 head Romaine Lettuce wash, dry and separate leaves
  • 1/2 Small Watermelon cubed
  • 2 Organic English Cucumbers diced
  • 1 Bunch of Fresh Scallions diced
  • 2 Heirloom Tomatoes cut in quarters

Cilantro, Pickled Onions, Salt & Pepper to taste~!


    • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil Extra Virgin
    • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
    • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
    • 1/2 tsp Maple Syrup
    • 1 tbsp minced shallot

    Salt and pepper to taste

      Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

      Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad by Happy Dinner ATX
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      5 from 2 votes

      Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad

      The easiest side dish! I serve mine with grass-fed ground beef or turkey, but it compliments any protein or even just top a bed of arugula if you are plant based!

      Course: Salad
      Keyword: fall salad
      Servings: 4


      • 10 oz Bag of Shaved Brussels Sprouts
      • 3 cloves of garlic
      • 1 small red onion diced
      • 1 Heirloom Tomato cubed
      • 1 Pink Lady Apple Cubed
      • 1/2 Cup Walnuts
      • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
      • 1/4 Cup Chopped Parsley


      • 3 tbsp Olive oil
      • 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
      • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
      • 1 tbsp Chopped Parsley


      • Saute garlic, onion and oil on low/medium for 2 minutes

      • Add Shredded Brussels sprouts and lightly cook until soft
      • Transfer mixture to a salad bowl and add chopped apple, tomato & walnuts. Toss

      • Dress, and garnish with chopped parsley, salt and pepper to taste!!

      Broccoli Slaw Salad

      How about them apples?! Make this crunchy little number for lunch {in minutes! It’s so satisfying and really yummy with shredded chicken!

      Broccoli Slaw Salad by Happy Dinner ATX
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      5 from 2 votes

      Broccoli Slaw Salad

      Easy, crunchy and travels well! I love making this in bulk and portioning into Mason Jar Salads. Serve with shredded chicken breast for some extra protein!
      Course: Salad
      Keyword: Paleo


      • 1 12 oz pkg Organic Broccoli Slaw
      • 1 Large Honey Crisp Apple cubed
      • 2 Persian Cucumbers sliced
      • 2 Celery Stalks diced
      • 1/4 C Pistachios

      Dressing::Whisk together!

      • 1/4 C Olive Oil
      • 2 tbsp ACV
      • 2 tbsp Tahini melted
      • 2 tbsp Orange Juice

      Smoked Salmon Salad

      Smoked Salmon Salad by Happy Dinner ATX
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      5 from 2 votes

      Smoked Salmon Salad

      Enjoy this "super food" salad comprised of wild caught smoked salmon, calcium rich spinach, hydrating vegetables and nourishing fats! It's filling enough for dinner and can totally works as a stand alone meal! No oven required!
      Course: Salad
      Keyword: Salmon salad
      Servings: 4


      • 6 C Organic Spinach washed & dried
      • 4 oz Trader Joe's Wild Caught Smoked Salmon Serve 1 oz per bowl
      • 2 Organic Red Bell Peppers sliced
      • 4 Celery Stalks diced
      • 2 Organic English Cucumbers sliced
      • 2 Organic Belgium Endives sliced
      • 1/4 C Goji Berries
      • 4 Baked Sweet Potato Toasts
      • 1 Avocado
      • 1 tbsp pesto

      Top with Pickled Onions

        Tahini Mustard Dressing

        • 3/4 C Tahini melted
        • 1 clove minced garlic
        • 1 tbsp lemon juice
        • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
        • 1 tsp honey
        • 1/3 C hot water
        • 1/2 tsp pepper

        Heirloom Tomato Peach Melon Salad

        Heirloom Tomato Peach Salad by Happy Dinner ATX
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        5 from 2 votes

        Heirloom Tomato Peach Salad

        The perfect salad for spring! When the peaches, tomatoes and berries are ripe, I can't help but combine them into a salad!! Enjoy this gorgeous salad and feel instantly happier!
        I serve this combo (sans Arugula and onions) to the kiddos. They devour it!
        Course: Salad
        Keyword: spring salad, summer salad
        Servings: 2


        • 4 C Organic Arugula
        • 2 Organic Peaches (local if possible!) cubed
        • 3 Organic Persian Cucumbers sliced
        • 2 Heirloom Tomatoes cut in quarters
        • 1/2 C Green Onions diced
        • 1/4 C Organic Raw Pecans diced
        • 1/4 C Red Onions diced
        • 1 tbsp Pesto

        Top with Tesse Mae Balsamic Vinaigrette, Salt & Pepper

          Arugula Wild Rice Salad

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          5 from 2 votes

          Arugula Wild Rice Salad

          Simple, Seasonal and Nutrient Dense! Sit down for lunch and enjoy this salad! It's full of antioxidants and fiber and the flavor profile is delish!
          Servings: 2 adults


          • 4 C Fresh Arugula
          • 3 Persian Cucumbers sliced
          • 1/2 C Cantaloupe cubed
          • 2 C Black Forbidden Rice (cooked) prepare per package instructions
          • 1 Avocado cubed

          Salt, Pepper, Pickled Onion to taste


            Which salad will you try first?

            Feel free to make it your own! Swap a dressing for your favorite, change the nut topping or add a fried egg on top!! As long as you have greens, fiber, protein and healthy fat in your salad, YOU ARE WINNING!

            Salads are an awesome way to nourish your body during a busy day. Salads are portable, easy to make in bulk and filled with fiber & power packed plants!! Pack yourself one today y’all, sit down and enjoy it!!

            I hope this post inspires you to sit down and enjoy a salad today! You will feel happier and increase your overall consumption of fruits and veggies today!!

            Share with a friend! Let’s all become healthier and happier together!! XOXO

            This Post Has 3 Comments

            1. Gabriela Orendain

              5 stars
              I love what you post!

            2. Gabriela Orendain

              5 stars

            3. Michelle

              Everything looks so delicious! I love salads!

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