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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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Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells

I don't know what it is lately, but I've been on a buffalo chicken kick! I'm not usually one for spicy foods, but there's something about the tangy spice of Frank's Red Hot that I enjoy paired with chicken - even when it makes my nose runny, haha!

This recipe is simple enough, and has pasta too (Italian food is my favourite), so I figured the pairing of flavours and textures would be something enjoyable to share with you!

So here it is, compliments of AllRecipes.com - buon appetito (that's Italian for "have a nice meal" - look how fancy we are)!

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Shells

Ingredients

Photo credit:  AllRecipes.com

Photo credit: AllRecipes.com

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup Frank's® RedHot® sauce
  • 1 (16 ounce) container whipped ricotta cheese
  • 1 (16 ounce) package jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 (8 ounce) package shredded Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese blend
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

 Directions

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground chicken in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease.
  2. Melt butter in the skillet with the cooked chicken. Stir cayenne pepper sauce into the chicken mixture and remove from heat.
  3. Squeeze as much moisture from the ricotta cheese using a cheese cloth or paper towels; put drained cheese in a large bowl. Add chicken mixture to the cheese and stir. Refrigerate until completely chilled, 3 to 4 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Prepare a 13x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  5. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook pasta shells in the boiling water until cooked through but firm to the bite, about 10 minutes; drain. Rinse with cold water until no longer hot; drain.
  6. Spoon chicken mixture into cooked pasta shells and arrange into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese blend over the stuffed shells; season with salt and pepper.
  7. Bake in preheated oven until the cheese is slightly melted and the stuffing is hot in the middle, 15 to 20 minutes.

 

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Peppermint Black Bean Brownies

I love when classic recipes are flipped upside down by making them with some interesting substitute; thus enter Peppermint Black Bean Brownies - made with (you guessed it) black beans instead of flour, and honey instead of sugar!

Ummm... healthier brownies? Yes, please!

Also, I was recently introduced to the magical world of doTERRA essential oils, and their recipe calls for 2-4 drops of Peppermint oil - which is perfect because I happen to have that on hand (I typically use Peppermint oil in my diffuser, as well as topically on my temples to soothe a headache - if you haven't experienced the wonder of doTERRA and you're interested to learn more, let me know and I can totally hook you up). 

So here we are, with a kickass brownie recipe that is less than 10 ingredients total! 

You're already drooling, right?

Me too - let's dive in!

Photo Credit:  dōTERRA Essential Oils

Peppermint Black Bean Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ⅔ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2–4 drops Peppermint oil
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips, divided

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Place all ingredients, except for chocolate chips, in blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour batter into large bowl and stir in ½ cup chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into greased 8x8-inch pan and top with ¼ cup chocolate chips.
  5. Bake 30–35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

 

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7 Kick Ass Salad Dressings

I thought I'd mix it up a bit and instead of offering a recipe for a meal this week, I'll give you seven kick ass salad dressings that you can make at home. These are perfect for the mason jar salads you meal prep to make life easier.

So here they are, compliments of Honest Cooking.

7 Kick Ass Salad Dressings

1. Spicy Garlic Salad Dressing

2. Southwestern Avocado Salad Dressing

3. Cilantro and Lime Salad Dressing

4. Citrus Shallot Salad Dressing

5. Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad Dressing

6. Lemon Dijon Salad Dressing

7. Maple Balsamic Dressing

Which one will be your new favourite salad dressing?

1. Spicy Garlic Salad Dressing  Photo Credit:  ThisSillyGirlsLife.com

1. Spicy Garlic Salad Dressing
Photo Credit: ThisSillyGirlsLife.com

2.  Southwestern Avocado Salad Dressing Photo Credit:  BunsInMyOven.com

2. Southwestern Avocado Salad Dressing
Photo Credit: BunsInMyOven.com

3.  Cilantro and Lime Salad Dressing Photo Credit:  SimpleAwesomeCooking.com

3. Cilantro and Lime Salad Dressing
Photo Credit: SimpleAwesomeCooking.com

 

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