Easy Turkey Salad (in a bell pepper “bowl”)

I love green salads and will typically take one for lunch every day, but they do get old after a while. Especially during a Whole30, when variety can be the difference between completing 30 days with minimal stress or falling face first into a box of doughnuts. Another one of my lunch staples is chicken, egg, or turkey salad made with homemade mayonnaise, and instead of the same old bed of greens, one day I decided to change it up by using a fresh bell pepper as a “bowl” – and this lovely little lunch was born!

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WHAT YOU NEED:

serves one, but easily multiplied

all ingredients are to taste

1 bell pepper (any color, pick your favorite)

grilled turkey breast, chopped

homemade mayonnaise

diced celery

diced apple (I used about two wedges of a cored and sliced honeycrisp apple)

dried currents or cherries (no sugar added)

slivered almonds

tumeric

smoked paprika

salt and pepper

WHAT YOU DO:

Basically, dump everything into a bowl and mix well. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. Cut off the top of your bell pepper and scoop out the ribs and seeds, making a nice “bowl”. Hint: when picking out a bell pepper, find one with a relatively flat bottom that will stand on it’s own as your “bowl”. Fill your pepper bowl with salad and voila!

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Although it’s nice to use a bell pepper to stand up, it’s not strictly necessary and to be honest, it was more for presentation than anything else. You can always just slice up your bell pepper into thick strips and “scoop” your salad into them. While I did throw the entire turkey filled pepper into a tupperware and took it to work a is, I ended up cutting the pepper into scoops and eating it that way.

If you’re taking this to work for lunch, as I did, I’d also recommend bringing some additional snacks as a supplement. I packed baby carrots and some macadamia nuts for the extra veggies and protein. In any case, this was a delicious change to my tried and true “grilled chicken breast over mixed salad” lunches.

Plus, it just looks so pretty!

Enjoy!

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Easy Summer Cobb Salad

Oh, the joys of summer in Virginia. The forecast this past week was a high in the upper nineties every day, with 1000% humidity and a chance of thundershowers. Also every day.

Makes you want to go to the pool, doesn’t it? Or at the very least, sit in a very air conditioned room with a tall glass of water/ice tea/white wine/refreshing beverage of choice.

It’s a good season for salads.

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I was pleasantly surprised when a perusal of my kitchen revealed *almost* all of the ingredients for a cobb salad. I didn’t have any bacon, so I subbed kalamata olives to get an equally salty flavor, and instead of blue cheese I chose fresh baby mozzarella – but the main points of this salad are classic Cobb: mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, avocado chunks, hard boiled eggs, and roasted chicken. Not only is it pretty, but this salad is incredibly filling – this is a salad that definitely passes for an entree! I can only eat a salad as a meal if it has enough protein to keep me full until the next meal (usually dinner, as I’ll eat a salad with some protein for lunch at work). With the double protein hit of the chicken AND the hard boiled egg, this salad is a winner.

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Plus…have I mentioned it’s pretty?

I feel like I’m totally cheating, posting a “recipe” for a salad, but I’ll do it for posterity sake. Enjoy!

PRIMAL COBB SALAD

serves one

INGREDIENTS

mixed greens

cherry tomatoes

fresh mozzarella

2 hard boiled eggs

roast chicken

kalamata olives

1/2 avocado, diced

INSTRUCTIONS

Lay your mixed greens on a plate. Top with stripes of each ingredient. Drizzle with your favorite dressing. Eat!

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Cucumber Tomato Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette

cucumber and tomato salad

It’s September already? How did that happen? More importantly, when did that happen? Yes, I realize I am just reiterating what practically every other person who is too old for school is saying, but seriously! When did time start to fly by so fast?

Not that I’m complaining about it being September because that means FALL is coming! I adore this season. I love the smell of apple orchards and the nip of a crisp morning on your face and drinking mulled cider and wearing boots and scarves and chunky sweaters and have I mentioned boots? Already the mornings are dawning cooler – which The Husband and I are loving while we drink coffee on our balcony and do our morning devotion together.

Oh – and speaking of coffee – I also cannot wait for pumpkin spiced coffee and mint mochas from Caribou Coffee. Mint Mocha = my guilty autumn/winter non-paleo pleasure.

But even though I am already gearing up for a multitude of fall appropriate recipes, I’m not quite ready to let go of summer. And so I’ve decided to share a simple salad recipe starring two of my favorites – cucumber and tomato.

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To really make this summer dish shine, I recommend using ripe, juicy heirloom tomatoes. The Husband and I made a random roadside produce stand stop last weekend and got some that were just to die for. Regular heirlooms will work, but for this particular showing I used heirloom cherry tomatoes, simply because that’s what I had on hand.

I also recommend using English cucumber because 1) they are adorable and 2) I find them to be crunchier than regular cucumbers and I prefer that in my cucumber salad. Then you toss them together with some sesame oil, rice vinegar, and your favorite seasoning – I used Trader Joe’s 21 seasoning salute – and BAM!

It’s as easy as that.

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CUCUMBER TOMATO SALAD WITH SESAME VINAIGRETTE

serves two

prep time: 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

3 english cucumbers, sliced

1 cup heirloom cherry tomatoes, halved

3 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp rice vinegar

1 tsp Trader Joes 21 seasoning salute (or your favorite all purpose seasoning)

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar and seasoning and pour over cucumber and tomato. Toss to combine.

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