Can you believe it’s May? I feel like New Year’s Eve was yesterday, but somehow it’s almost summer! My fiance proposed on October 6, 2016 and the days between the best day ever and today have moved faster than I would like them too. Anyone who spends much time with me will tell you how important the little things are to me. I especially like to celebrate small moments; whether the moments are quiet time in the morning, cooking dinner and sipping red wine in the evening, or simply taking time to recognize the changing of the seasons, the little things are what make me feel whole.
May is National Salad Month, and I would love nothing more than sharing recipes and ideas with you all. You may be surprised to learn that I historically hated salad; in fact, I didn't eat a salad until I was 19 years old. At the time I was living with @kristdeangelis whom is now a Registered Dietician, and Kristen taught me to use vegetables and disguise some of the more bitter flavors by balancing and using different foods. I'm happy to say, I am a now a veggie lover and creating some recipes of my own.
I’m sharing three of my favorites below, whether you’re cooking at home or grabbing one on the go. I hope you’ll link your favorites for me in the comments!
ON THE GO: Kale Salad from Kale Me Crazy
Sometimes, I am just too busy to cook at home, but I know it's no excuse for calling granola bars lunch or snacking on peanut butter straight from the jar. I In Atlanta, I love grabbing a quick and healthy bite from Kale Me Crazy. My absolute FAVORITE offering is the Quinoa Salad infused with cabbage, quinoa, serrano peppers, scallion, mint, cilantro, craisins, carrots, crushed peanuts, and hemp seeds. This salad has two dressing options, lemon and peanut. I am partial to the peanut as I find my body craves the extra protein and healthy fats; however, sometimes I choose lemon and order a side of hummus as well.
AT HOME: Strawberry Chicken Spinach Power Salad
I love mixing fruits and veggies in my salads to create a sweet and savory balance. In the spring and summer when strawberries are in season, I like to use the rich sweet flavors to enhance salads and dressings. This recipe was originally inspired by a fellow blogger friend of mine, Lean Green Bean; however, I've played around with some different variations to create the recipe that seems perfect to me. Check out my recipe below, and let me know what you think 💗
AT HOME: Zesty Grapefruit Summer Salad
For all my Whole 30 ladies, you’re going to love this. I found the Whole30 Zesty Grapefruit Summer Salad and it has become a fast favorite at my house! My fiance and I are always mindful of eating a well-balanced and nutritious diet; however, with the wedding quickly approaching we are paying extra attention to eating mindfully. This salad is packed with arugula, cantaloupe, grapefruit, almonds and various other nutritious favorites. Click here for the full recipe.
What are your favorite salad recipes? Link them in the comments below! And, if you try any of these, snap a pic and tag me on Instagram at @carlygraceyoga