Salad for real people

I don’t like salad. That being said I actually enjoy salad a lot, just not lettuce covered in dressing. I love baby greens, nuts, beans and fruit in my salad. I love homemade dressing. I love a salad that is actually a meal, not a diet on a plate ruined by fatty dressing. This salad, or variations of it we eat for lunch or dinner depending on the season.

The recipe below is really just some guidelines for making something tasty and good for you pretty fast. For the one in the picture I just used a bunch of leftovers from the fridge and made a tahini dressing to give it some life. The recipe for tahini dressing is at the end of the post. 

Yummy Fantastic Salad


  • Leftover grains (Rice, Quinoa, Millet, anything you have)

I always cook extra grains when I cook them to have around for other things later in the week so I usually have something leftover I need to use. Today I had rice and black beans that I had cooked together in my pressure cooker.

  • Greens (Today was Spinach, I also use lettuce, baby greens, cabbage, whatever you have)
  • Leftover cooked veggies (roasted veggies for me today)
  • Leftover beans (I have been cooking my beans instead of using cans so I often have them ready, you could also open a can)
  • Fresh veggies (today I had tomatoes, whatever you have and like put it on there)

Dressing (tahini dressing today, but anything from a little oil and vinegar to goddess dressing depending on your mood and the other stuff in your salad)

Mix it all together and enjoy your super healthy, not diet, filling, satisfying salad for real people.

Tahini dressing recipe 


  • 2 TBL tahini
  • Juice from half a lemon1/4 cup water
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 2 TBL minced fresh herbs
  • Salt to taste

Add the garlic, herbs and salt. Taste and adjust as needed. Mix the tahini, water and lemon juice together until smooth. The amount

of water I’m guessing at. I just put some in, stir it together and keep going like that until it reaches the consistency I find appealing for salad dressing.

note: this dressing is good on salad, falafels and veggies.


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Hey, my name is Adrianne, but I like to call myself the Happy Food Ninja! I am excited to share my love of food and cooking with you. My goal is to introduce you to easy ways to make delicious food, no matter what diet you subscribe to.

One thought on “Salad for real people”

  1. I’m so excited for this one! I absolutely hate “salad” but the tahini dressing makes me so pumped to try it with some nice veggies and quinoa!


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