Recipe: The Runners Power Salad
Salad. Not usually something we associate with running. Often we only think carbs, carbs, carbs! A few months ago, a friend of mine introduced me to a salad I can’t stop eating. There’s so many vitamins, minerals and fiber, I won’t bother listing them. Just know when you eat it, your body says thank you!
It’s very easy to make. Although the chopping and cutting gets old, once you have a system in place, it’s quick. I pre-chop and have enough for several days. It may take you less than 10 minutes to prepare this gourmet salad that’s a meal all by itself. I find myself craving it.
To eat the salad of your life, you need to have these main ingredients; Greens, Protein, Veggies, Crunchy Bits, and Dressing. Below is my adaptation of the salad and some suggestions. Like any work of art, beauty (and taste) is in the mouth of the beholder, so feel free to improvise.
Two (or more) big handfuls of mixed greens, rinsed and roughly chopped. Spinach is nice, as is some arugula. Kale also rocks. Please don’t use iceberg – that’s just embarrassing.
Buy a block of pre-made marinated, baked tofu. Cut it into cute little squares. Also, another version of this salad contains a crumbled veggie burger from Costco. Feel free to add other meats if you’re not a vegetarian. I think something warm tastes best, but that’s just me.
Go wild! Trader Joe’s has some great options. As does Target, Lunds or Costco.
- Sliced orange, yellow, or red bell peppers.
- Julienne carrots (I buy pre cut because I don’t like cutting carrots).
- Pea pods.
- Broccoli florets.
- Broccoli slaw.
- Cilantro or basil (or both).
- Red onion (if you’re into that).
The Crunchy Bits
Every salad needs crunchy bits. Toast a few handfuls of almonds in a pan on the stove and store to have on hand. Really any nut will do, but these are my favorites.
- Chopped, toasted almonds
- Wasabi peas (the best)
Trader Joe’s Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette is my current favorite. You can find it in the fridge section next to the leafy things. It’s low fat and low calorie without having weird stuff in it. It’s amazing! Oil and Balsamic are also great options. Whatever you want really.
Putting it all Together
Cut three slices of tofu into little squares. Combine the tofu with the rest of the stuff you’ve chosen in a very big bowl. I actually use a large pasta bowl because I can’t mix it without getting it all over the floor. Eat!
To give credit where credit is due, you can read Michele’s full write up on this amazing bit of culinary genius.