Sunday, May 14, 2017

Recipe: Protein Salad

During a staycation a few weeks ago, my honey and I did a challenging 8-mile hike. After the hike, we were definitely ready for a cold beverage and food. We decided to check out a local brewery. While I thought the beer would be the star of our meal, it turned out that the beer was upstaged by a salad. Seriously. The salad was so good that I bookmarked it in my brain for a future attempt at home. 

I did, in fact, recreate the salad at home and it turned out amazing. So now I present to you, the Protein Salad!

This salad is hearty and protein-packed, as the name implies. It is easy to prep and all the individual bits hold up well if you want to prep stuff ahead of time. Just toss everything onto a plate when you're ready to chow down. 

Roasted tomatoes? All you need are tomatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper!

When they look like this, they are good to go!

This recipe is also easy to mix and match, depending on your dietary restrictions and preferences. 
Don't eat beef? Swap the beer burger with a turkey or chicken or veggie or whatever patty you prefer. Whole30? Just omit the quinoa and cheese. Don't like salad? Umm... I can't help you there, other to suggest you give this one a go, before you swear off salads all together. 

The vinaigrette starts with piling a bunch of fresh herbs into the blender. Mmm...


Protein Salad

Serves: 4


  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley
  • Juice of 1 grapefruit (an orange would work too)
  • Juice of 1 lime 
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Everything else: 
  • 8 cups mixed greens
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 4 burgers (beef, turkey, chicken, or veggie)


Roast the tomatoes
  1. Preheat oven to 400ยบ F.
  2. Line a medium baking sheet with foil. 
  3. Toss tomatoes with 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. 
  4. Roast tomatoes for 10 minutes, stir, and then roast for another 10 minutes, until they begin to burst and shrivel up. 
Make the quinoa
  1. Cook the quinoa according the package directions. 
  2. Let cool slightly. 
  3. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the citrus chimichurri vinaigrette.  
Make the dressing
  1. While the tomatoes and quinoa are cooking, blend up your dressing. Add the top seven ingredients to a blender or food processor and whiz it up until it is nice and smooth and a beautiful green. 
  2. Set aside until ready to use. 
Cook your burgers:
  1. Not sure how to cook your burger? Check this out.
Assemble the salads
  1. Pile the mixed greens onto four plates. 
  2. Top salads with quinoa and roasted tomatoes. 
  3. Add a burger to each salad. 
  4. Crumble the goat cheese over the top. 
  5. Drizzle salads with the citrus chimichurri vinaigrette.