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15 Healthy & Easy Salad Recipes

When I was meal prepping like a boss when I worked in corporate, I had a mason jar salad pretty much every day for lunch - but it was always the same. 

If I would have found these easy and healthy salad recipes (well, most of them are healthy, hehe) from Damn Delicious, I would have been way more inspired to mix it up!

I found it was just easier to make a salad I knew - and loved - but now I can have 15 more salads I know and love! From kale to quinoa to pasta, and toppings like avocado, bacon or mandarin oranges, you'll definitely be able to find a few new faves for yourself.

Here's to mason jar salads, if you're on the go, or making them at home when you've created the freedom and flexibility for yourself to be a #BossLady and fulfill your entrepreneurial dream working from home!

15 Healthy & Easy Salad Recipes

BBQ Chicken Salad – This healthy, flavourful salad comes together so quickly, and it is guaranteed to be a hit with your entire family. [GET THE RECIPE.]

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Harvest Cobb Salad – The perfect fall salad with the creamiest poppy seed salad dressing. So good, you’ll want to make this all year long. [GET THE RECIPE.]

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Bacon and Avocado Macaroni Salad – Loaded with fresh avocado and applewood smoked bacon tossed in a lemon-thyme dressing. [GET THE RECIPE.]

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Whole Food’s California Quinoa Salad – A healthy, nutritious copycat recipe that tastes 1000x better than the store-bought version. [GET THE RECIPE.]

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Asian-style Cobb Salad – This salad serves as the perfect light meal, full of protein and veggies with a simple sesame vinaigrette. [GET THE RECIPE.]

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Greek Salad – This healthy Greek salad is absolutely amazing when tossed in a light and refreshing lemon vinaigrette. [GET THE RECIPE.]

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Quinoa Fruit Salad – This protein-packed quinoa salad is balanced with a tart vinaigrette and refreshing mint. [GET THE RECIPE.]

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Taco Salad – All the flavours of a taco in a healthy salad with a refreshing, tangy lime vinaigrette. [GET THE RECIPE.]

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Chinese Chicken Salad – Restaurant quality that you can easily make right at home, except it’s healthier and a million times tastier. [GET THE RECIPE.]

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Kale Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette – Perfect as a light lunch or even a meatless Monday dinner option. [GET THE RECIPE.]

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Asian Quinoa Salad – A quick and easy healthy quinoa salad dressed in sweet and tangy Asian flavours, loaded with tons of veggies. [GET THE RECIPE.]

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Shrimp Cobb Salad – A light, filling salad loaded with roasted shrimp, bacon bits, and avocado in a tangy, refreshing vinaigrette. [GET THE RECIPE.]

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Caprese Avocado Salad – A refreshing salad loaded with mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and avocado with a sweet balsamic reduction. [GET THE RECIPE.]

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BLT Chopped Salad – All the goodness of a BLT in a healthy salad form with a refreshing lime vinaigrette. [GET THE RECIPE.]

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Southwestern Chopped Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing – A tex-mex style salad with an incredibly creamy Greek yogurt cilantro dressing. [GET THE RECIPE.]

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Easy Cheesy Macaroni

Who doesn't love a good mac and cheese?! And with this recipe being so easy - only seven ingredients and a couple pots - even I can make it (and I'm no cook), haha!

Plus, this only takes 30 minutes to prepare, so it's a quick, simple dinner before a busy night on the go - or you can cozy up in your pjs and bring a bowl of easy cheesy macaroni over to the couch and just Netflix and chill.

Props to Genius Kitchen for creating this recipe - sharing is caring!

Photo by:  Genius Kitchen

Photo by: Genius Kitchen

INGREDIENTS

  • 16 ounces elbow macaroni
  • 1⁄4 cup butter
  • 1⁄4 cup flour
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 dash black pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese or 8 ounces cheddar cheese

 

Directions

  1. Cook macaroni according to package directions.
  2. In medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; stir in flour, and cook for 3-5 minutes to form a roux; add salt and pepper; slowly add milk, stirring well after each addition.
  3. Cook and stir until bubbly.
  4. Stir in cheese a small amount at a time until fully melted.
  5. Drain macaroni; add to cheese sauce; stir to coat.

 

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Asian Sesame Zucchini Noodles

If you're looking for a healthy lunch idea with a super quick prep time, then you're going to love this Asian Sesame Zucchini Noodle recipe, compliments of Good Housekeeping.

I'm a pasta lover - spaghetti is one of my favourite meals. But it's nice to switch out the carbs with something a lot lighter on the tummy, especially when it's lunch time.

When I was in corporate, 2pm was when the afternoon hot a brick wall. I'd get sleepy and my brain would slow down - and I can only imagine how much worse it would have been if I had eaten a heavy lunch of pasta!

That's why my lunches tend to be lighter, with lots of vegetables. In fact, both my breakfast AND lunch are typically vegetarian.

Which makes this easy 7-ingredient Asian Sesame Zucchini Noodle recipe a great healthy lunch choice for you!

Photo by:  Good Housekeeping

Asian Sesame Zucchini Noodle

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c. packed fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed with press
  • 2 tsp. crushed red pepper
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 3 medium zucchini, spiralized

 

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk cilantro, vinegar, oil, garlic, red pepper, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  2. Add zucchini; toss until well-combined. Serve immediately.

Easy peasy!

 

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Chicken 'n Waffle Casserole

Chicken. Waffles. Maple syrup. This recipe is inspired by my husband, who loves chicken and waffles. And the best news it that it's so easy, anyone can make it - even me, haha!

Thanks to Delish, maybe I can give my husband a night off from cooking and step up my wife game by tackling this simple dish for him.

Is it healthy? Not really.

Will he love it? Yep!

Photo Credit:  Delish

Photo Credit: Delish

Chicken 'n Waffles Casserole

INGREDIENTS

  • 10 toaster waffles
  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 1/4 c. maple syrup, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 c. chopped breaded chicken

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Divide waffles between two large baking sheets and bake until crispy, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool slightly before cutting into big chunks.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, maple syrup, and butter. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. In a large casserole dish, combine waffles and breaded chicken, then pour the egg mixture on top. Grind pepper on top. Bake until the waffles are crispy, about 45 minutes.
  4. Serve warm with more maple syrup.

 

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Avocado & Egg on Toast

Simple, yet delicious - the increasingly popular avocado on toast, but with the twist of an egg added too! Obviously it doesn't take a rocket scientist to make avocado and egg on toast, so I've compiled some of the tips offered on Simple Green Moms to help with things like the actual selection of your avocado and how to quickly ripen your avocado - a neat little trick! Enjoy this fast and easy breakfast!

Avocado & Egg on Toast

Photo Source: simplegreenmoms.com

Photo Source: simplegreenmoms.com

Ingredients:

  • Eggs
  • Bread
  • Avocado
  • Lime Juice
  • Sea Salt
  • Black pepper

Not only is it fairly cheap to make avocado toast at home, but it is also super easy!  This breakfast only takes about 5 minutes and you will have a restaurant quality, picture perfect avocado toast ready to eat without the hefty price tag that trendy restaurants are charging! 

Selecting the Right Avocado at the Store

You want to look for an avocado that is slightly soft when given a light squeeze - almost the same consistency of a ripe peach. However, grocery store avocados tend to be rock hard (a sign that they are not yet ripe), or they end up being completely soft (over ripe already). The trick is to buy the hard avocado, then all you have to do is wait! 

Quickly Ripen Your Avocado

Those solid avocados will get ripe if you just give them a little time! But if you lack patience, speed up the process by putting the avocado in a paper bag with a banana, then fold the top of the bag a few times to seal it.

The science behind this is that the ethylene gas emitted from the banana and from the avocado will be trapped in the bag and cause it to ripen faster. You still have to wait a day or two, but it’s faster than waiting a full week to ripen them!

Preparing the Avocado & Egg on Toast

Now that you have your perfectly ripe avocado, you're ready to make your toast! Simply mash the avocado in a bowl with lime juice, sea salt and black pepper - and it's that easy; your delicious avocado spread is ready!  It’s almost like a super simple guacamole! If you want to add a little spice, throw in some red pepper flakes or Sriracha sauce too (now you’re getting restaurant grade food!).

The eggs and toast can be cooked completely to your preference. You can do a fried egg, a poached egg, even scrambled egg! And you can toast the bread as much as you'd like too - from a golden brown to a dark (almost burnt) flavour, depending on what your taste buds like. 

Assembly is quite self explanatory, but just in case you were wondering, spread the avocado mix onto the toast and then just top it with your cooked eggs. And look at that, you will never pay outrageous restaurant prices for avocado toast again! You can make perfect, mouth watering, super trendy avocado toast right from your home.

Imagine all the variations of this recipe you could make too:

  • Avocado, bacon and egg
  • Cheesy avocado and egg
  • Tomato, avocado and egg
  • Avocado, egg and honey drizzle
  • ... the flavour combinations are endless!

 

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