This is what I call a blender salad. It’s so easy and fast to prepare! You can spice this salad up with any herbs and spices that you fancy or add any dried fruit or nuts to add that crunch and/or sweet factor. You can experiment with this salad by leaving it as is, or making it a complete meal by adding a healthy protein. Another bonus about this salad? It stores really well so you can make a big batch and then take leftovers with you to work for a few days! If you prefer less crunch from the raw broccoli, feel free to steam it beforehand.
- Prep Time20 min
- Cook Time20 min
- Total Time40 min
- Energy220 cal
- 1 head of broccoli, chopped into florets
- 1 carrot, chopped into large pieces
- 2 scallions (shallots), chopped
- 1/2 cup basil leaves, chopped
- 1 fresh jalapeno or chili pepper (optional), chopped and seeds removed for less spice
- 1 cup spinach leaves, chopped
Roasted Garlic Aioli Dressing:
- large garlic cloves, with skins
- ½ cup macadamias
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup hot water
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- sea salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat the oven to 425 F
Roast garlic in oven for 15-20 minutes with the skins on, remove from the oven and let them cool down.
Add the macadamias to a high powered blender or food processer and blend until creamy, much like butter, then add the remaining dressing ingredients including the garlic. To add the garlic squeeze out the flesh and discard the skins.
Remove aioli and place in another container.
Add the broccoli, carrot and process/pulse gently until the desired consistency is found. Be careful not to blend it too much so you don’t end up with mush. If you prefer you can chop the broccoli and carrot finely or into little pieces with a sharp knife.
Mix in the broccoli mixture, scallions (shallots), basil and optional chili with the garlic aioli on slow speed or by hand with a spoon.
Garnish with extra basil and served up on a bed of spinach leaves or store in the fridge for up to 3 days!
Additions & Substitutions
Weight Loss & Lifestyle Program:
- Add in roasted almonds or pine nuts
- Add in dried cranberries
Add in one of the following lean proteins/serving:
- Add 3-4 oz poultry/meat/tofu
- Add 4-6 oz fish/shellfish
- Amount per serving
- % Daily Value*
- Total Fat20 g25.64%
- Trans Fat2 g
- Cholesterol0 mg0%
- Sodium55 mg2.39%
- Total Carbohydrate8 g2.91%
- Dietary Fiber3 g10.71%
- Total Sugars3 g
- Protein3 g6%