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Who salads have to be boring? This salad is packed with vitamins, nutrients, protein and fiber that will help keep you full for hours!
I am in a rut. A bad food rut.
It leaves every spring and always returns in the winter, mostly in January. The truth is, I don’t love eating salads in the freezing cold winter.
Even more so, I don’t like making my own salads because they always seem so complicated. That is until now.
I like more comforting foods, and I just might have been eating too many of them lately. So this salad is my way of turning this all around.
No more boring salads.
This one is to die for. Even in the frigid temperatures.
I always say that I like to keep my recipes simple and this salad is exactly that. Simple doesn’t need to be boring though, especially with a creamy, delicious dressing like this.
The dressing is straight out of The Greek Yogurt Cookbook (page 113, Spinach Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing) but I thought it would go perfectly with this Mexican salad too. Ok, let’s be honest, this dressing would be awesome with just about anything.
My kids also love it as a dip for sliced veggies. Or you could eat it with a spoon.
I may or may not have done that. No judgements, right?
This salad helps me to get back on track, which I need desperately. I am just keeping it real, friends.
So let’s talk about feeling stuck in a rut. My best advice (that I need to listen to myself!) is to prepare foods ahead of time. This really does help prevent you from mindless eating.
And your meals don’t have to be difficult and labor intensive. Just look how easy THIS salad is!
Pick a day of the week that you have enough time to prep a bunch of meals and snacks. For me that day is always Sunday.
I make a bunch of overnight oats, chia puddings, grilled chicken and salads. This was when I am HANGRY during the week I will stay on track and not be tempted to eat some of my kids’ foods.
Check out these other delicious salads that I know you will love:
Kale Salad with Apples from A Mind Full Mom
Kale Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette from Damn Delicious
Kale Salad with Pecorino and Walnuts from Smitten Kitchen
I love adding Stonyfield Greek yogurt to the dressing. It adds creaminess and of course protein.
Stonyfield is certified USDA Organic which is important for dairy products. No pesticides or antibiotics in this Greek yogurt, just the good stuff!
The dressing will stay fresh in an airtight container for up to 5 days. And like I said, it has a ton of uses.
Get creative! I need to. I also need to make this salad weekly.
Let’s keep all of us accountable and share our meal prep recipes. I am starting with this one.
Chopped Mexican Kale Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing
- For the salad:
- 6 cups chopped curly kale
- 1 cup corn
- 1 cup black beans rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup diced grape tomatoes
- 1 avocado diced
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1/4 cup tortilla strips for topping
- For the Dressing:
- 1 large ripe avocado peeled and pitted
- 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup plain Stonyfield Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons red onion chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Tell me, how to get out of your winter ruts? A lot of people are talking about being in them so let’s all try to help each other.
Please come back and let me know if you made this delicious salad, any of the other salads I shared with your or any of my other recipes. You guys know that I love to hear from you!
Thank you for stopping by and please come back again soon!