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It’s mid-September and the cooler temperatures of fall are upon us here in the Midwest. I was looking around in my fridge at what needed to be used up (too often I buy produce that expires before I can use it) and I saw the chopped salad mix from Trader Joes. I had whipped up some plain almond oil salad dressing & had made plans to turn it into honey mustard so the idea formed in my head to create a healthy version of a BLT Chopped Salad. Here’s how I assembled it so you can re-create this yummy lunch too!
This month, I am taking a “no sugar challenge” and using the containers from the 21day fix program to help me in portion control and cutting out processed foods. If you are interested in cutting sugar out of your diet, wanting to decrease processed foods and work on meal planning/ portion control–message me to be added to to my facebook group. September, when you buy this program (includes containers, shaker cup & 9 workouts on DVD) you can purchase a 30day supply of shakeology, a healthy meal replacement with over 70 ingredients and superfoods for just $30. It’s a great deal & a 21 day program that delivers amazing results.
Chopped Salad Ingredients: (trader joes), turkey bacon (saved in my freezer), grape tomatoes & honey mustard dressing. (plus surprise ingredient: Apple Slices)
Here is how I used the containers to measure out the ingredients:
Bacon & Tomatoes (1/2 red)
Dressing (1 orange)
This was so simple, I really love this chopped veggie mix because it saves on tons of chopping time of veggies. So after I had taken a few bites of the salad with the dressing and mixed up, I noticed my kids did not finish their APPLES from lunch. Well, I’m not one to waist so I just chopped them up and threw them on top and WOW, it really tasted great! Sometimes it takes accidents to give us amazing results. Here I am enjoying my salad with apples and if you have them or other FRUIT like mandarin oranges, grapes or pears toss them on top and you will enjoy it just as much!
Cheers to Good Health! –Jenn
I hardly ever buy dressings for my salad these days, it is SO SIMPLE to make your own! Here is my simple recipe for a favorite: Honey Mustard! Check your cupboards, you will be surprised that you have most of the ingredients already on hand if not all of them!
Ingredients: 1 tbs Oil (varies: almond oil, olive oil, canola oil, clear oils), 2 tbs vinegar (rice or white), 1 tbs lemon juice, 1 tsp honey, 1 tbs spicy mustard.
Add ingredients except mustard & honey into a small cup that comes with your ninja or blender. I have used a small cusineart food processor too. Once blended then add the
remaining two ingredients and TASTE. I say taste because everyone has a different level of sweetness that they like to their salad dressing. If you’d like it more sweet then add a little honey, if you want more of a mustard taste, add more mustard. I also add in a little salt/pepper to taste. Here is what I use, took picture right before adding in honey & mustard. REMEMBER: 1 serving is 2tbs drizzled on top of your salad or you can use this for a condiment for fries, a burger or sandwiches in place of MAYO.
Store in a small covered container in your fridge for 6-7 days and replenish as needed.
Enjoy and let me know how your salad dressing turns out!
cheers to good health, Jenn