Power Salad

Power Salad

My birthday was Wednesday. Having a birthday while being so far in a pregnancy is kind of strange. When family asked me what I wanted, I could barely think of anything. My mind isn’t on anything for myself so ummm…diaper bag? Money to buy more baby stuff? Now that I am 31 weeks, I have finally started feeling the nesting thing. The fact that the baby’s room is not cleaned up and organized is freaking me out! So if one isn’t super excited about presents, what was the best part of this birthday? Cupcakes. Duh. Oh, and there was also fondue with an embarrassing amount of bread and cheese for just two people.

Cupcakes and fondue are why I feel the needed to post this salad today. It’s pretty much everything a salad should be: Light and healthy, but packed with flavor! You start with a bed of vitamin-packed greens. I used a package that contained spinach, kale, and chard. This combo of greens contain a ton of iron, Vitamins A,C, and K, and folic acid. Then I tossed in some cooked quinoa and sliced almonds for added protein and fiber, and blueberries and green apple for antioxidants! For the dressing, I just mixed up a nice honey lemon dressing. This salad is perfect for when you want to detox and cleanse your body. If you want to make it a little more hearty, adding some chicken is a great idea!

Power Salad

Power Salad

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups mixed greens (I used a power mix from Trader Joe’s that contains spinach, kale, and chard)
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 green apple, cored and diced
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

  1. Layer the greens, quinoa, blueberries, apple, and almonds on a salad plate or in a bowl.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, and honey. Add salt and pepper to taste.
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12 comments

  1. Hands down the title is appropriate! Vitamin- and protein- packed! Truly a power salad.

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  2. The salad looks so delicious. I can hardly wait to make it. Happy Birthday and congratulations and best of everything with your pregnancy. As the mother of four I can honestly say there isn’t anything better than being a mother!

  3. I hope you had an AMAZING birthday! This is a great power salad especially for the little growing one.

  4. Happy belated birthday! This salad looks great!

  5. Happy belated birthday!! Take all you can get for yourself now, the baby will get all the gifts after :) Love this healthy salad, too!

  6. Happy belated birthday! I have only just discovered how amazing adding quinoa to salad is, so I’m sure this salad is amazing!

  7. Happy belated birthday!! This is definitely my kind of salad! It looks fantastic!

  8. This is such a great and healthy salad.. it contains every superfood that i love. Definitely going to be recreating the recipe, thanks for sharing it!

  9. Happy happy birthday to you, Stephanie! Your birthday is exactly one week before mine! :)

    After eating all of the unhealthy but at the same time amazing food I’ve been eating while on vacation, I need this salad in my life STAT. All of the flavors are amazing. Pinned!

  10. What a lovely salad, quinoa is fantastic! Belated happy birthday :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  11. Happy belated Birthday!! I know the best present is on the way in a few more weeks. Good luck… I can’t wait to hear all about it. :) This salad looks amazing and so healthy.

  12. Cupcakes and fondue sound like a great birthday feast. I hope you had a marvelous time. This salad looks pretty darn fabulous too.

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