Whole30 Recipe: Red and Green Salad

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Photo Credit: Tanika Richardson Red and Green Salad

If you couldn’t tell by my post Lesson #2: Apples and Oranges, I love food.  In particular I am extremely passionate about healthy food.  In order to live the life you want and deserve, you have to be healthy.  In November, Tasha and I will celebrate three years being vegan and gluten free.  Though this has been a very beneficial way of eating for us, we wanted to challenge ourselves to break our dependence on beans and grains.  So on September 15th, we embarked on our Whole30 journey. If you aren’t familiar with the program, it helps you to cut out foods that have negative effects on your body.  We have successfully given up sugar, grains, legumes, and processed foods for over 30 days now.  Though this program is a stricter version of the Paleo diet, it has been fun applying the principles to our vegan lifestyle.

One of the benefits of doing this program is that I have experimented with fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds in so many cool ways.  I’ve made some really delicious foods that I would have never been exposed to if not for the Whole30 program.  One of my favorite thus far has been a delectable dish I call red and green salad.

Red Ingredients:

  • 1 container of chopped strawberries
  • 1 container of chopped grape or cherry tomatoes

Green Ingredients:

  • 1 diced cucumber
  • 3 chopped green onions
  • juice of half a lime
  • handful of finely chopped mint leaves

Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Then add 1/4 tsp of both salt (I used Himalayan sea salt) and pepper and 1 tsp of olive oil.  This makes an excellent side dish.  After learning about the new program rules regarding potatoes, I decided to make roasted potatoes with homemade sugar free ketchup, and steamed asparagus.  It was so good.

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Photo Credit: Tanika Richardson Roasted potatoes, homemade ketchup, and steamed asparagus, with red and green salad on the side.

I hope this post inspires you to have fun creating healthy meals for you and your family.  What is your favorite go to healthy dish?  If you are vegan or vegetarian and have applied the whole30 principles to your lifestyle, what are some new foods you’ve tried?

Love Always,

Tanika Monique

Always & Forever

Forever & Always

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