3.07.2011

Salad Bowl

Sometimes I want to eat a simple, healthy dinner, but a salad just isn't going to cut it. The perfect solution (at least for me) is a salad bowl! It's basically a layered salad with rice, lettuce, and whatever veggies you desire. I made one for dinner last night and thought I'd share:

Salad Bowl
Long grain brown rice, cooked and cooled
Romaine lettuce, shredded
green peppers, diced
red peppers, diced
red onion, thinly diced
kale, shredded
carrots, chopped
celery, chopped
cucumers, diced
bean sprouts
Garlic Lime chicken, optional
sea salt
Italian seasoning
dressing of choice - I used Jalapeno Ranch

Layer the brown rice and Romaine lettuce in a bowl. Dump the rest of the ingredients together in a large bowl and squeeze a lime over top. Season with the sea salt and Italian seasoning, and mix well. Spoon the mixture over the rice and lettuce, and top with the chicken (if using). Drizzle just a small amount of dressing over top, and enjoy!

Garlic Lime chicken:
Crush a clove of garlic and spread over a boneless, skinless chicken breast. Take half a lime and squeeze the juice on top. Salt and pepper to taste, and grill until cooked.

You can make this vegetarian by subbing out the chicken for beans or chickpeas, or just omitting altogether. Play around with different seasonings, veggies, and dressing to keep things fresh. You can make extra and eat for lunch the next day, too (which is what I did). YUM!

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