I do this all. the. time. But this is probably going to quickly become a favorite.
I am lucky enough to come home for lunch sometimes, which is awesome. But I need fast recipes for that. I planned to go home to make a salad the other day, but found it soooooo hard to avoid going and getting some greasy takeout instead. So I went home and made this instead.
Seriously. So good.
3 C salad greens (I used romaine)
1/3 C torn basil leaves
1 T Italian salad dressing*
1/2 C marinated artichoke hearts
1/4 C Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 t olive oil
1 T crispy jalapenos (you can find them near the salad topping goodies in the store, and they are so fun!)
*mine is way too sour, so I mixed half a tablespoon of it with half a tablespoon of reduced fat Vegenaise- the creaminess cuts that tart flavor
Heat a small nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Drain the artichoke hearts and squeeze a lot of the oil out of them. Dip them in the bread crumbs until coated, and throw them in the skillet and cook a few minutes on each side until browned.
Meanwhile, toss everything else together in a big salad bowl. When the artichokes are done, throw them on top. Nomnomnom.
Maybe not the healthiest salad, but this was way better than going and getting takeout full of empty calories – I got some leafy greens and avocado in my diet, plus there was enough fiber and protein in this meal to keep me satisfied through the end of my workday and my Zumba workout! Next time you’re craving something greasy, give this a try!
Nutrition facts per salad: Calories: 408; Calories from Fat: 261; Total Fat: 29.0g; Saturated Fat: 4.4g; Cholesterol: 10mg; Sodium: 682mg; Total Carbohydrates: 32.5g; Dietary Fiber: 10.6g; Sugars: 6.0g; Protein: 7.4g