Yay! It’s Day 1 of our free Spring Into Health Lunch Challenge!
I’m so excited to start our lunch challenge and for Spring to be in full swing.
When we’ve held our free breakfast challenges in the past, so many of you have asked for us to create a lunch challenge as well. We thought it was a great idea and couldn’t wait to get started planning.
So we went to work and started testing lots of creative, fun, and easy lunch recipes. BTW just gotta say I love my job so very much! It’s amazing to be a part of helping others get and stay healthy and happy.
The idea behind this lunch challenge is to get you excited for healthy lunches, eating more vegetables and healthy, nutritious foods, and to help you kickstart your springtime healthy eating.
Because summer is right around the corner now and there’s no better time than now to take back your health.
And what better way to accomplish all those great things than with this lovely Spring Grains + Greens Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette? I mean we have SO much goodness going on in this salad, guys.
The combination of flavors, textures, and colors makes this one of my favorite new salads — plus it’s jam-packed with fiber, protein, and lots of healthy vitamins and minerals.
Not to mention it tastes like springtime. Which….is like the whole point!
I really like combining the quinoa with the greens in this salad because it gives a lot of great texture and depth, but also boosts the protein and fiber content quite nicely. Just like I did with my quinoa lentil salad right here.
If you haven’t yet signed up for the free lunch challenge, we’d love to have you join. It’s totally free and lots of fun. We’ll be enjoying a delicious, brand new spring recipe for lunch each day.
One day at a time, enjoying all the freshness and vibrance that makes spring a wonderful time of year to be healthy.
To join the challenge and get your free challenge guide, meal plan, and grocery list, click here!
Day 1:Spring Grains + Greens Salad with Honey Lemon Vinaigrette
For those of you who have already joined the challenge, congrats on making it through Day 1 and get ready for Day 2!
- 1 cup quinoa, uncooked
- 2 cups low sodium vegetable or chicken broth (use vegetable broth to keep vegetarian)
- 1/4 bunch of asparagus, thick (to shave into ribbons)
- 1 cup fresh snap peas, sliced in half diagonally
- 4 small radishes, thinly sliced
- 1 medium zucchini
- 3 cups baby spring lettuce mix
- 3 oz goat cheese, crumbled
- 3 tbsp sliced almonds
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 3 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
Make the quinoa by combining quinoa with broth in a medium sauce pan. Heat over medium-high heat until simmering. Simmer for 20-25 minutes, covered, until quinoa has absorbed the liquid. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Slice the root end off the asparagus. The thicker the better when you’re shaving asparagus. Holding the tip of an asparagus spear, carefully slice into thin ribbons using a vegetable peeler. Repeat with remaining asparagus spears. Set aside.
Repeat the same steps with the zucchini after removing both ends. Set aside.
To assemble the salad, in a large mixing bowl, combine the mixed baby greens spring mix, the asparagus ribbons, the zucchini ribbons, thinly sliced radishes, cooked quinoa, sliced almonds, fresh blackberries, raw snap peas, and crumbled goat cheese.
To make the honey lemon vinaigrette, in a medium mixing bowl, combine freshly squeezed lemon juice, rice vinegar, olive oil, lemon zest, raw honey, sea salt, ground black pepper and mix together well. Set aside.
To serve, drizzle with the honey lemon vinaigrette and top with a few more sliced almonds.
If you wanted to make this salad ahead of time, you can stack it up in a mason jar with the salad dressing at the bottom and the most delicate greens at the top or pack the salad dressing separately to add when you’re ready to enjoy.
Make sure to go sign up for our 7 day spring into health lunch challenge so you can get in on all this tasty, healthy lunch goodness that’s going on right now!
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