Winter Vegetable Quinoa Salad

As I move further into adulthood, I’ve found I can’t survive exclusively on burgers and french fries as I’ve so hoped. My youth dwindles before me like the last flame of a candle at its wicks end, and with it means that I have to make more cognizant choices about the food I eat. 

Okay, so I’m being dramatic about the youth thing. I’m only 26, but around here (the South), sometimes you’d think you’re halfway to 100 with the way people move through life. So to keep my youth intact as much as possible, I’m looking to nourish the inside as much as the outside- hence why I’ve been stocking up on Organic Girl Greens and making salads weekly with lots of seasonal produce. 
Winter Quinoa Salad Recipe Winter Quinoa Salad Recipe

Let’s cut to the chase: being on a diet is pure torture. What could be worse than breaking up with all the best foods? It’s not quite as heartbreaking as the ex-boyfriend who has moved on in life (unlike chocolate because chocolate would come back for us) but it’s not easy letting go of the things you love (chips and cheese included in that list of things you love.) So when you have to eat a salad until it’s bikini season, check out these tips for making the most of it like I’ve done for this Winter Vegetable Quinoa Salad. 

5 Ways to Make a Salad Less Boring

1. Look for seasonal produce. I constantly consult a list of seasonal produce every time I make my weekly meal plan since I like variety and seasonal items tend to be more afforable. 

2. Use natural sweetness. I like adding fruit in my salads for a little tang and sweetness. Blueberries, grapefruit, pomegranate seeds, these are all typical additions to salads that I make at home. 

3. Use full fat everything. This is key. If you’re going to put cheese on your salad, skip the skim milk, bland tasting cheese, and opt for the full fat version. It’s fuller flavor will enable you to use less of the condiment and keep you more satisfied. 

4. Add nuts. Nuts are packed with protein and fiber, keeping you more full, longer. Toasted pine nuts are a favorite of mine to toss in salads. 

5. Start with a base of quality greens. My favorite brand of greens to use for salads is Organic Girl. The greens are always fresh, they have a vast selection to choose from, and they come prewashed. I typically gravitate towards the baby kale and the spring mix for salads. 

And as if salads aren’t already great enough, Organic Girl has partnered with Evolve Fit Wear to help you achieve all of your goals in 2017! Giving you a chance to win: a Year of free Organic Girl (think salads, dressings and green juice), a $500 gift card from Evolve Fit Wear, and a $100 gift card to your favorite grocery store (so you can buy seasonal produce to make your own awesome salads at home!) All you have to do is go to this site and enter your information! The contest runs until April 7th and each participant receives a recipe e-book as soon as they sign up! 

A great way to kick off a healthy new year. 

Darling Down South has partnered with Organic Girl to bring you this post. While there may have been a sponsored element this is a brand I whole heartedly support, and all opinions are my own. 

Author: Cynthia

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  • I agree with you on adding nuts, I recently starting putting walnuts in my salads (& sunflower seeds…do those count?!) and I love the added texture and flavor 🙂

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style