Meet my go-to salad.
I’ve been eating this salad almost weekly for over a year now and I never get tired of it. What does that tell you? I just love crispy chickpeas and tahini with greens. I can’t get enough of it! What I love most about this salad is that you can change it up with whichever vegetables you have on hand.
Here are some of my favorites:
For added crunch, I like to use:
You probably have some of these ingredients on hand already? I know I always have one leafy green in my fridge, a few cans of chickpeas in the pantry and mason jars full of nuts and seeds. And I almost always have carrots and cabbage on hand since they last a long time in the fridge. If my fridge is almost empty, I can guarantee you that I still have a bag on carrots in there, even if it’s the only vegetable I have left. So if you don’t feel like doing the groceries just to make a recipe, you might just be able to throw a version of this salad together. That’s the beauty of it. You can adjust it according to what you have!
So what kind of healthy recipes are you looking for as a good way to start the year? I think January will be all about soups, stews, salads, smoothies and oatmeal for me! I truly believe that a healthy lifestyle shouldn’t be boring. I want to enjoy every meal I eat and I NEVER force myself to eat something just because it’s healthy. All of my recipes are meals that I really enjoy. That makes having a healthy lifestyle easy and sustainable! It’s not about going to the extreme in January just to give up in February. So yes, I’ll be sharing healthy recipes all month long, but in reality, that’s the way I eat all year (with little treats here and there of course). Forget the “all or nothing” mindset and just enjoy healthy, satisfying and comforting recipes all year round. That’s the way I see it. I do believe however, that starting a new year and regularly setting goals can be a great source of motivation!
On that note, do you have any goals this year? I shared mine in my last post if you’re curious. I also like to make monthly goals and I thought I’d share them with you. For January, my little goals are the following:
My goals may seem a little extreme, but to me, they just reinforce things I already do most of the time. If you look at my 12 health goals for the year, I think the only ones I’ll have a hard time following are to complain less and to stay off my phone 30 minutes before bed. Skipping alcohol and chips for a month will be a piece of cake! I just love challenging myself a little sometimes, it keeps me motivated. 😀
Now, I’ll leave you with my first recipe of the year! I hope you enjoy this salad as much as I do.
This salad makes 2 large portions or 4-6 side salads.
Feel free to switch up the vegetables!
I use this dressing on everything, from salads, to avocado toasts to veggie burgers.
If you try this recipe, make sure to tag your photo #unsweetenedcaroline on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Don’t forget to also tag me @unsweetened.caroline on Instagram so I can see your creations!