Mixed greens and shredded root vegetable salad

I thought about starting off this post with some kind of musings about the New Year and getting back on track with healthy eating and yada yada yada. But I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about that by now, so I decided to take this post in another direction.

Mixed green and shredded root vegetable salad

Let’s chat about salads. I never used to be a big salad fan. That’s probably because when I was a kid, my parents’ idea of a salad was chopped romaine lettuce topped with dressing. Boring, right? I’m actually still pretty picky about my salads. Like I’m not a big fan of romaine lettuce unless it’s in a Caesar or chopped salad. And I don’t really like salads with cucumber, eggs, canned tuna, or fruity dressings either.

Mixed greens and shredded root vegetable salad

Luckily I’ve since learned that salads can be pretty great with the right ingredients. Salads with kale, heirloom tomatoes, beets and goat cheese, winter squash, or fresh figs and blue cheese are some of my favourites.

Mixed greens and shredded root vegetable salad

This salad is my latest obsession. The crunch of the root vegetables contrasts with the creamy avocado, while the raisins add a nice sweetness that is balanced out by the tang of the balsamic vinegar. It makes a great side dish, or I also like to add grilled tofu and a side of crackers to make it a nice light lunch. Either way, I guarantee you’ll love it as much as I do!

Mixed greens and shredded root vegetable salad

Mixed greens and shredded root vegetable salad
Gluten free, nut free, egg free, dairy free, vegan

Serves 4 as a side

Vinaigrette
3 tbsp olive oil
6 tbsp good quality balsamic vinegar
3/4 tsp honey

Salad
12 cups of mixed greens
2 carrots, shredded
2 small red beets, shredded
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup hemp seeds
Vinaigrette (recipe above)
1 avocado, sliced or cubed

In small jar add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey. Whisk to combine.

Toss the mixed greens with the shredded carrots, beets, raisins, hemp seeds and vinaigrette. Top with the sliced avocado.

Mixed greens and shredded root vegetable salad

What are your favourite salad toppings?

What are your least favourite salad toppings? Are there any kinds of salads you dislike?

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29 Responses to Mixed greens and shredded root vegetable salad

  1. I have to agree the traditional salad with romaine and salad dressing and a few mix-ins was never my favorite either. This version of a salad is just SO much better. It looks amazing! My favorite salad toppings are avocado and cranberries.

  2. now that looks like one hell of a salad! Although I have to admit, I’m fine with a romaine and a few toppings salad as long as I have a dressing that I really like. Although bad salads can be terrible…I ordered a salad appetizer at a diner last weekend and it was made with iceberg lettuce. How did I not realize before how gross iceberg is?
    Favourite toppings: I think my favourite combo is a spinach salad with blueberries, chicken, almond slivers, goat chevre and poppyseed dressing. Sweet potato is another fav!

    • Chelsea

      Mmm yes, anything with goat cheese is a winner in my books!

      Restaurant side salads can be so hit or miss – I hate the ones made with iceberg lettuce too.

  3. That salad looks delicious! I’m all for spinach salads with a balsamic/lemon vinaigrette, pomegranate seeds, clementine segments, feta cheese and hemp hearts. I also really like kale with peas, carrots, tomatoes, onion and lentils! They are so filling but in the winter I must admit that I usually choose prefer something warm like a soup!

  4. This sounds awesome hun! I’ll put just about anything on a salad using kale/spinach for my base, except for anything that comes in a can or eggs…not a fan of that. My fav toppings include crasins, avocado, nuts/seeds, goat cheese, roasted red peppers, sundried or heirloom tomatoes, and chicken, although french fries are up there too in true pittsburgh style ;)

    • Chelsea

      You and I must be salad twins because I LOVE all those toppings too. Except French fries… I can’t say I’ve ever tried those on a salad lol!

  5. The colors are divine! I have found myself getting pickier about salads too, those romaine salads with ranch just don’t cut it anymore :) But this one on the other hand, screams deliciousness and I love thats its different than your typical salad!

  6. So.gorgeous. I’m lovin’ the look of this salad, and even more so because it has avocado — definitely one of my favourite toppings. That and goat’s cheese. And grilled chicken. And salsa‚Ķ not necessarily all together, but I wouldn’t turn my nose up at the idea either ;) Oh! And I adore fruit in salads — apple, melon, mango, pineapple, orange — but the other ingredients definitely gotta be appropriate in those cases.

    • Chelsea

      I love fruit in my salads too, especially in certain combinations (like apple with Applewood smoked cheddar, orange with balsamic, mango with cilantro, etc)!

  7. Beautiful pictures and beautiful salad! I love all the superfood ingredients you incorporated!

  8. My parents version of a salad growing up is probably the reason I only ate chicken fingers…Salads are so damn good if they’re done right. I’m not a huge fan of raw onions or tomatoes in salads, unless it’s an israeli salad!

  9. ugly salad.

    See, I can be mean to you too. ;)

  10. oh yum! I’m totally making this salad for lunch today after yoga- the perfect food to refuel. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

  11. This is very similar to the salads I throw together for school lunches- so I LOVE it! You’re right- salads really need the right balance of ingredients to be satisfying. I wish more people knew that so salads wouldn’t get their boring reputation!

  12. I’m not normally the biggest fan of mixed greens but for some reason this recipe looks delicious!

  13. I am the same way when it comes to salads. I actually rarely order salads out because I am rarely happy with their variety! I love avocado on salads and mushrooms have been in mine a lot recently!

    • Chelsea

      I rarely order salads out either, especially not from your typical chain restaurants. I’ve had some good ones from independent restaurants though, especially vegan and health focused restaurants.

  14. Love the bright colours in this salad. I find if you make a salad properly, they are just so visually pleasing that you can’t help but enjoy it!

  15. What a beautiful healthy salad! I’m not too fond of raisins in salads but I love the rest of it.

  16. Oh Chelsea!! This looks AMAZING!! I actually shared the link on Twitter before I even read the post! Ha!

    I used to only make salads with spinach, but I realized this past summer that I love the crunch of romaine…or even a mix of romaine and kale (especially since I just HAD to try all the varieties of kale at the farmer’s market last year!). I’ve also realized that my favorite dressing is really just a simple mix of balasmic vinegar, mustard, jam, and water. I love salads with fruit and cheese…I’m such a sucker for sweet and savory. And seriously, hemp seeds are just amazing little things, aren’t they! Such a flavor punch!

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