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Build-Your-Own Salad Bowl

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Summary

Consider this week’s theme and how you can create a bountiful salad bowl using your own in-house ingredients. Grab that already cooked whole grain you need to use up, choose at least three differently colored vegetables from your fridge, and use a simple squeeze of lemon, oregano and a dash of pepper to let the vegetables really shine. Share the delicious combinations you discover in the comments!

Yields2 ServingsPrep Time10 minsTotal Time10 mins

Ingredients

 2 cups organic spinach (raw, chopped)
 1 cup organic quinoa (cooked)
 ½ medium-large avocado (cut and cubed)
 ¼ cup red onion (chopped)
 ½ cup organic strawberries (sliced)
 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds (raw)
 2 tbsp kalamata olives (pitted, diced)
 2 tbsp hemp seeds
 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
 1 lemon (juiced)
 1 tsp dried oregano
 salt (optional)
 pepper (optional)

Directions

1

Add the spinach to a large bowl that has a lid or that you can fit a lid on top of.

2

Add the quinoa, avocado, red onion, strawberries, pumpkin seeds, olives and hemp seeds.

3

Shake well.

4

Squeeze lemon, oregano and add salt and pepper if desired.

5

Shake again.

6

Enjoy!

Chef's Notes

Substitutions
Use any organic grain in place of the quinoa — brown rice, black rice, farro, wheat berry, millet or kamut would all be tasty.

Use any vegetables you have on hand! The goal is to include at least three colors.

Use green olives in place of kalamata olives.

Substitute sunflower seeds or your favorite nut for the pumpkin seeds. Walnuts are delicious!

Use organic blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or chopped dried dates for a little sweetness in place of the strawberries.

Use mixed greens, arugula, organic romaine or organic kale in place of the spinach.

Add more protein
While the quinoa, hemp seeds, nutritional yeast and pumpkin seeds provide a solid amount of protein, this salad would be really good topped with warm lentils, baked organic tofu or grilled organic tempeh.

Recipe from WHOLE Life Club (WLC).

Ingredients

 2 cups organic spinach (raw, chopped)
 1 cup organic quinoa (cooked)
 ½ medium-large avocado (cut and cubed)
 ¼ cup red onion (chopped)
 ½ cup organic strawberries (sliced)
 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds (raw)
 2 tbsp kalamata olives (pitted, diced)
 2 tbsp hemp seeds
 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
 1 lemon (juiced)
 1 tsp dried oregano
 salt (optional)
 pepper (optional)

Directions

1

Add the spinach to a large bowl that has a lid or that you can fit a lid on top of.

2

Add the quinoa, avocado, red onion, strawberries, pumpkin seeds, olives and hemp seeds.

3

Shake well.

4

Squeeze lemon, oregano and add salt and pepper if desired.

5

Shake again.

6

Enjoy!

Build-Your-Own Salad Bowl