I meant to roast some cauliflower to add to my salads this week, but I wasn't able to find any at the grocery store. Weird. So I kept it simple, but loaded with super healthy food- fresh spinach, cooked quinoa and roasted beets. Add a little Ginger-Miso dressing, and you're in business for lunch. Since the salad is pretty low on calories, having a little bit of oil in the dressing isn't such a terrible thing.
I saw a terrific post on the Engine 2 Blog about creating your own salad bar at home, and one of these Sundays I will attempt to do it. But in the meantime, keeping salads easy and simple is a great way to ensure that you're going to have a healthy lunch without too much fuss. To keep it easy, I have my salad ingredients all ready to go in separate containers, so the night before (or morning of), I can build my salad quickly. I even put the salad dressing in my new Easy Lunch Boxes Mini-Dipper containers so that they're ready to grab when I need them.
|Spinach salad, carrots, and yogurt with fresh berries.|
Ginger Miso Dressing:
1/2 cup white miso
1/3 cup agave nectar (I used less- I thought this much made it too sweet)
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup sesame oil (I used closer to 1/4 cup)
1/4 lemon juice
1 1/4 cup chopped ginger (This looked like a typo to me- I probably used closer to 3/4 cup)
Blend all ingredients in a Vita-Mix, food processor or blender until smooth.