Recipes: salad

Shrimp & Spicy Slaw

By Gina Caputo

Shrimp & Spicy Slaw
This is one of my 5 meals in rotation this summer. Minimal heat required to cook the shrimp indoors, grilling outdoors always works. The addition of the mango or pineapple adds a brightness to the slaw that just screams summer. It's high in protein and fiber, not to mention DELICIOUS! Find Your Five!

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Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs

By Gina Caputo

Air Fryer Chicken Meatballs
For the last couple years I've been on a quest to find more lean protein sources that I truly love. Chicken meatballs are versatile - they can be used in countless ways including as a pre-made, high-protein snack you can eat with just your fingers!

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Healthier Caesar Dressing

By Gina Caputo

Healthier Caesar Dressing
I love making my own dressings, like my Lemon Vinaigrette and this Balsamic Vinaigrette but to date, I didn't have a homemade Caesar Dressing recipe! This spin on a Caesar uses greek yogurt to cut down on the cheese and oil and can be made with or without anchovies! Good on salads and sandwiches too!

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Summer BBQ Bowl

By Gina Caputo

Summer BBQ Bowl
The New York Times recently posted a grilled potato salad recipe that inspired me to create an entire BBQ meal (minus the watermelon for dessert) as a One Bowl Wonder. BBQ, corn and potato salad all in one! This may not be the prettiest OBW I've ever made but it is definitely one of the tastiest, especially if you love BBQ sauce like I do. Can easily be made vegan!

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Chicken/Chickpea Salad

By Gina Caputo

Chicken/Chickpea Salad
When I was living in Kansas City, my favorite place to eat was a luncheonette called Happy Gillis. Mismatched s&p shakers, great sandwich bread, epic chocolate chip cookies and the world's greatest chicken salad. I do not consider myself a chicken salad person. At all. But I love to ask what the staff loves and someone recommended this and I've never looked back. It's INCREDIBLE. I included a vegetarian option too!

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Shrimp & Asparagus Salad

By Gina Caputo

Shrimp & Asparagus Salad
When asparagus is in season, this salad is a MUST. The bitter of the arugula goes so spectacularly with asparagus and the lemon makes every ingredient in here pop. Shrimp is a super easy protein to prepare, is amazing with avocado and has a lot of bang for its buck. Vegan friends can use a can of rinsed garbanzo beans and it’s an amazing, hearty salad for all! 

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Cauliflower Kale Chicken Bowl

By Gina Caputo

Cauliflower Kale Chicken Bowl

This bowl hits all the marks of being satisfying, healthy, easy, delicious and even gluten-free. Cauliflower rice is sautéed in coconut oil and combined with massaged kale for a strong veggie base. Add rotisserie chicken (or leave it off for a vegan version!) for a protein boost and then add the party of apples, cranberries and almonds. I added some cayenne-spiked date syrup to my usual balsamic dressing for this one but that may be hard to find. Consider adding a dash or two of cayenne powder to your dressing for a similar effect!

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, meat removed or 2-3 cooked chicken breasts (roasted, sautéed, grilled, etc)
  • 1 apple
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ chopped almonds
  • Balsamic vinaigrette + add optional dash of cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Grate the head of cauliflower on a box grater or similar
  2. Remove the center rib of the kale and chop into bite sized pieces
  3. Chop the chicken into bite sized pieces
  4. Dice the apple
  5. Chop almonds
  6. Prepare your dressing and add cayenne pepper if desired
  7. Place the kale in a large salad bowl and toss or massage with two tablespoons of the balsamic dressing
  8. Sautee the grated cauliflower in a large skillet over medium heat, stir frequently for 5 minutes.
  9. Add the cauliflower to the kale, add the chicken chunks and toss. Add as much dressing as desired.
  10. Add the apples, cranberries and almonds and a pinch of sea salt.
  11. Toss well and serve!

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Ground Control

By Gina Caputo

Ground Control
This One Bowl Wonder is perfect for a Meatless Monday. Beets are high in important vitamins and minerals, are thought to support athletic performance, are high in fiber and may support brain health! And French Lentils with quinoa is an excellent source of plant protein!

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