I’m head over heels in LOVE with this healthy Cranberry Blueberry Spring Mix Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Dressing! This scrumptious Summer salad is fun, fruity, and full of flavor!
While I’m no stranger to dumping blueberries into my salads, I’ve never once considered blending them into a dressing. Well not until a berry dressing finally knocked my socks off, that is. There’s a sweet raspberry dressing at a local lunch spot here that has totally changed my mind about fruity dressings and holy cow I’ve been missing out!
Since I suspect their berry dressing is laced with enough sugar to classify it as liquid candy, I figured I had two choices: embrace dessert salads and give up donuts in favor of sugar-laden greens *OR* make my own healthy berry dressing at home.
Obviously I chose the latter.
No way am I giving up donuts!
Raspberries don’t last long in this house, as my pint-sized sidekick, can clear out a carton in a sitting, so I decided to tackle the bucket of farm-fresh blueberries we picked the week prior.
I blended a cup of berries into my go-to balsamic dressing and had to talk myself down from polishing off the entire jar right then and there. I really am kicking myself for not jumping on the fruity dressing bandwagon when it first became a thing. It’s totally legit!
Bring on the berries!
This tasty Roasted Broccoli Chickpea Arugula Salad is tossed with a healthy homemade lemon dressing and ready to rock your salad game!
The sheer number of requests I get for new salad recipes makes me happy dance all over the dang place.
You guys… Keep asking! Not only will I keep delivering, but my pants will also fit better – woot! If that’s not a win win I don’t know what is. As long as you’ll tolerate my antics, I’ll channel my inner Oprah and make sure y’all are swimming in salad recipes.
You get a salad and YOU get a salad!
Everybody’s getting salads!
I promise I’ll still pencil in some comfort food for ya too because, duh, cheese. Today we’re swapping cheese for chickpeas and my dairy-obsessed self didn’t miss it one bit. Seriously!
I whipped up this gorgeous green salad as a post-workout lunch and it totally hit the spot!
After an hour jumping around like a coffee-drunk monkey at Orangetheory, I’m straight up ravenous. I try to refuel with clean, healthy food packed with protein and fiber, otherwise I’m hungry again in 30 minutes… then again 30 minutes after that… It’s a vicious nonstop hunger cycle I’m working crazy hard to break.
This is totally lunch/dinner salad territory, as the combination of crispy chickpeas and broccoli will give you a pretty hefty serving of filling fiber and protein.
I should probably confess that while this salad is sized for 2 normal servings and 4 small side dish sized servings, I ate the entire thing in a sitting.
What? I’m the hungriest of hippos…