The Excellent Salad with Creamsicle Dressing and Candied Nuts

Refreshed and up to date, this submit outlines the proper salad recipe plus two DIY toppings and hyperlinks to extra crunchy salad weblog posts. 

The Perfect Salad //

The Excellent Salad

What can be in your excellent salad? Mine would function an incredible stability of diet and taste and it could not be a tiny meager salad!

The proper salad can be plant-based, with leafy greens or a grain/pasta base with greens aplenty, topped with fish (ideally salmon!) and it could have a number of totally different flavors and textures of nice cheese and candied nuts woven along with a creamy dressing.

Whether or not it’s a facet salad or a most important course, good salads must have a scrumptious dressing! No bottles of fats free for me. 

The Perfect Salad //

My purpose when constructing the proper salad is all the time to get a great mixture of taste, texture, and macronutrients.


On this case I went with native greens and canned salmon. A wonderfully seared piece of salmon can be excellent, however on this busy Monday canned was most effective. I knocked out protein, omega-3s and vitamin D in a single fell swoop.

Wholesome Fat

Wholesome fat additionally come from an olive-oil based mostly dressing, an area cheese (plus extra calcium!) and the almonds.

Sure the almonds have some sugar and butter concerned, however the quantity is comparatively low when combined in sparingly. And the flavour is oh-so-powerful! I don’t consider it’s a must to have a eating regimen utterly void of sugar to be wholesome – I simply suppose it must be in small doses or on particular events.

Dates or dried cranberries can add that contact of sweetness as nicely. 

Complicated Carbs

Lastly a meal shouldn’t be full for me with out some long-lasting advanced carbohydrates.

On this salad they got here within the type of a spinach feta roll, however any type of advanced carbohydrate will do: candy potato, cooked wheatberries, complete grain croutons, brown rice, toast.

I can eat all of the protein on the planet, but when I don’t have at the very least a bit of carbohydrates at lunch I’ll be hungry an hour later.

Favourite Toppings

A few of my favourite salad toppings embody: bell peppers, cherry tomatoes (in the summertime!), contemporary corn lower off the cob, roasted greens, avocado, goat cheese, toasted walnuts, parmesan crisps, truffle almonds, and peas (sure, peas!) Mainly something however pink onions 😉 


Excellent Salad Elements

Listed below are two of the mini recipes I used to make this one smashing Hugh Jass salad!

Creamsicle Dressing

This dressing has hints of orange, sweetness from honey and creaminess from Greek yogurt. The proper trace of creamsicle!

  • 2 tbsp olive oil (bonus factors if it’s orange flavored!)
  • 1 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp orange juice (lemon juice can work too however you’ll lose a bit of of the sicle taste!) 
  • 1 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp honey or maple syrup 
  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • Pinch of kosher salt and pepper

Mix in jar and shake nicely.

Creamsicle Dressing //

Straightforward Microwave Candied Nuts

Nothing makes a salad just like the candy, crunchy spice of candied nuts. My spiced pecan recipe is a favourite, however these almonds come collectively in simply minutes within the microwave for these days whenever you’re a bit impatient. You possibly can definitely make these on the range prime as nicely if you want.

Easy, Microwaved Candied Nuts //

Microwave Candied Almonds

  • 1 tbsp salted butter
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/16 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ cup sliced almonds

Mix first 4 components in a bowl and microwave for 15 to twenty seconds. Stir to combine. Add almonds and coat with combination. Permit to chill earlier than having fun with in your salad.

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Easy, microwaved candied nuts //

Extra Salad Concepts

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