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MOOD CHANGING SALADS // 12 Delicious Salads You Will Love Making All Year Long


Nourish Your Body With 12 Mood-Boosting Salads

 

I am starting to see signs of warmer weather and longer days. Little flower buds appearing on trees and bushes as signs of new life. In Oregon and the Pacific NW, spring is still cold and rainy, with some days hinting at the warm summer days ahead.


As the weather changes, my body craves fresh ingredients. So I compiled a list of my favorite salads that I have made since starting PlatterGirl into a collection of delicious, mood-boosting salads for you!


These salads are perfect any time of the year and for anyone looking to eat healthier, add greens or want to eat more plant-based. These salads are packed with flavor and color and are satisfying because of the combination of protein, fat, veggies and carbs.


As a mom and home cook, I'm passionate about creating delicious, healthy meals that help me feel my best. So mix up your lunch, dinners and gatherings with one of these fantastic salads that I guarantee will put you in a great mood. It's time to get chopping, tossing, and eating and let me know what you think!



Chickpea Tuna Salad With Marinated Feta, Avocado, And Kale is a delicious and healthy dish that is easy to make. The salad combines chickpeas' heartiness with the avocado's creaminess and marinated feta. The kale adds a crunchy texture, and the dressing is mouthwatering. This salad is perfect for a quick lunch or dinner.



This salad is delightful, comforting and healthy. The gnocchi and vegetables are lightly roasted to bring out their natural flavors and are then combined with a tasty honey mustard dressing. The warm salad is perfect for dinner. Don't sacrifice delicious flavors. Eat this yummy salad.



Try this delicious salad tonight. The roasted veggies pair perfectly with the honey mustard dressing and creamy Dill Havarti cheese. The salad is a great way to eat various vegetables and is perfect for lunch, dinner and sharing with friends. This dish is easy to make and well worth it.



Seeing stars - cranberry goat cheese stars make this salad a beauty. This salad is perfect for a winter evening gathering, a holiday party, or an evening when you want to indulge your taste buds. The taste of creamy, tangy goat cheese pairs perfectly with cranberries' sweet and tart flavors. Add candied pecans, grapes, apple slices, and blackberries to make this salad pop.



This salad is so fun to make. Use your artistic senses when placing each piece of leafy green carrots and cucumbers in a circle. Radicchio is a colorful and tasty leaf with some spiciness; you can use the leaves to make a cute little cup. Put the Boursin Cheese in the center of the plate. This salad is an excellent finger food. Scoop up some of the tasty Boursin cheese with a leaf, carrot or cucumber slice and taste the delicious flavors and textures of this perfect pairing. This salad makes a great party platter.



If you are looking for an easy, fast, inexpensive, scrumptious salad, you have found it with this pasta salad. The creamy burrata and juicy tomatoes burst with flavor with each bite. Top this salad with a balsamic vinaigrette for some sweet, tangy flavors. Serve this colorful salad at a gathering or as a side dish for a party. It would also make a great pot-luck dish.



How often do you include new ingredients in your meals? When was the last time you roasted brussels sprouts? These cute tiny little cabbages are earthy, hearty, and nutritious, and pair well with various flavors. Start with a base of leafy greens and top with Brussels sprouts, green beans and Havarti dill cheese. Next, add in nuts, berries and fruit. Top with a green goddess dressing and celebrate the beauty of how well these flavors combine for an easy, enjoyable nutritious meal.



Making this simple and easy vegetarian salad will be a breeze. It takes only six ingredients, two of which you already have in your pantry - olive oil and salt/pepper. Start with a base of Arugula and add kalamata olives, roasted red peppers and Mozzarella. These ingredients together have a ton of flavor and go well together. This salad is a favorite in my family, and we keep coming back for more.



This salad combines many delicious, nutritious vegetarian ingredients for lunch or dinner, from fresh crunchy veggies and savory garbanzo and green beans to hard-boiled eggs, mushrooms, gold potatoes and mushrooms. Top this salad with homemade honey mustard dressing for a sweet, tangy flavor that will tie everything together. This meal is packed with protein and carbs to satisfy you.



A unique twist on traditional Cobb Salad. The cobb salad ingredients include mushrooms, hard-boiled eggs, peas, tomatoes, asparagus and shallots. Toby's Ranch Dressing is creamy, tangy, and flavorful, making this salad a hit. Make this salad on a sheet pan for a quick and hassle-free meal. This salad is an excellent option for those who want to enjoy a satisfying and nutritious meal without spending too much time in the kitchen.



I guarantee this will become your number 1 favorite summer salad. Create a base of butter lettuce, Arugula, mixed greens and cilantro. Next, pile on the avocados, shallots and cucumbers. The creaminess of the avocados is perfect with the crunch of all the leafy greens. Next, add your favorite fun fruit, grapes, blueberries, blackberries, figs and any other fruit you crave. Top it with Naturacentric Mission Fig Honey for the perfect vibrant summer salad.



Are you craving sweet and spicy? Hot Honey Salad sweetness comes from honey, apricots, apple slices, blueberries and dates, and the Habanero honey provides the heat. Avocados and goat cheese make this salad so rich and decadent. The salad's base is Arugula, butter leaf lettuce, and cilantro. Top with your favorite honey mustard for an explosion of flavor in your mouth.



Salads pack a variety of nutrients and flavors. Whether you're a vegetarian, vegan or plant-based, there's a salad for everyone. And if you're feeling inspired to make one of these salads, remember to order your ingredients from Instacart through my website. You can find all of my other recipes there as well. It's a quick and convenient way to have the ingredients for my recipes delivered straight to your doorstep. Click here. Happy salad-making!



XOXO

Lea




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