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Three Salads That Don't Taste Like Salads

If you're like most of the other people on the planet, January is a time to reset. Recharge, "cleanse", diet, detox... whatever you want to call it. After the indulgence of the holidays, it's time to give your body some real fuel to take on the new year! 

These three salads contain lots of veggies, healthy fats, and plenty of FLAVOR. The perfect combination for triathletes and other endurance athletes during training. You won't get bored and you will stay full! Enjoy these salads on their own for lunch or as a side with dinner. Then share your favorite salad recipes with us down in the comments! 

BELT Salad

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This recipe was concocted when one of our team members did Whole 30 last year. It has become a staple in her house and we think it might in yours, too! 

Ingredients

  • 2 (or more, dealer's choice) slices of bacon
  • Romaine lettuce 
  • 2 eggs
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Primal Kitchen Mayo 
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions

Cook your two slices of bacon as desired. We recommend cooking bacon in the oven at 425º for 10-15 minutes. 

While the bacon is cooking, boil your two eggs and wash the lettuce and tomatoes. 

Peel the eggs and slice into quarters. Break the bacon into bits. 

Put it all in a big ole bowl and mix her up! Enjoy! 

 

Goat Cheese Salad with Herbs & Walnuts

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We like this one because you heat up the dressing before drizzling it over the goat cheese (drool, much?), making this the perfect winter-friendly salad. Plus the lemon juice will give you an extra kick of vitamin C. You can find the original recipe by Lovefoodies here.

Ingredients 

  • 7 oz goat cheese
  • 1 bag mixed greens
  • 1 apple or pear
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 cup walnuts

For the dressing 

  • 6 tbsp walnut oil, 1/4 cup walnut pieces, 1 clove garlic (crushed), 1 tbsp fresh chopped parsley, 1 tbsp fresh chopped basil, 3 tbsp white wine vinegar

Directions

Add all ingredients for the dressing in a food processor and blend until combined. Then add to a saucepan. 

Slice the apple or pear into small, matchstick slices or use a grater. Squeeze lemon juice over it. 

Warm the dressing in the saucepan over medium heat for about a minute. 

Mix your greens with the apple or pear slices. Crumble the goat cheese and walnuts on top. Drizzle your dressing and you're ready to eat!  

 

Thai Quinoa Salad

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This is one of our favorite recipes from the book, Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. written by Shalane Flanagan (4x Olympian) and Elyse Kopecky (best selling author). If you want more recipes catered for the athlete on the go, we definitely recommend picking up a copy! This recipe will make five servings. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups grated carrots (about 2 large)
  • 2 cups thinly sliced purple cabbage
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 1 cup packed mint leaves, chopped (or sub cilantro)
  • 1 cup packed basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano pepper, seeds removed, minced (optional)
  • 1/2 cup roasted peanuts, chopped

For the dressing

1/2 cup EVOO, 1/3 cup fresh lime juice, 2 tbsp soy sauce or tamari, 2 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp fish sauce (optional)

Directions

Shalane and Elyse share their foolproof method to cook quinoa: "In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring to a boil 1 1/2 cups water and the quinoa. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until all the water is absorbed. Transfer to a large bowl, fluff with a fork and set aside to cool. 

Put EVOO, lime juice, soy sauce or tamari, honey, and fish sauce in a bowl and stir to combine. 

Add carrots, cabbage, onion, mint, basil and pepper to the quinoa once cooled. Toss to combine. Add the dressing, toss again." 

Top with peanuts and chill in the fridge for at least one hour or until ready to serve. 

 

Ready to try one of these yummy salads? Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments below!

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