This post is part of the Healthbuzz December series, Holiday Health, by Foodbuzz.

Although you may be tempted to skip lunch the day of a holiday party, so that you can fully enjoy yourself, it’s the last thing you want to do. I like to have a “lighter” lunch but one that is very filling and full of vegetables, since they are often lacking at parties. This allows me to enjoy myself at the party, and indulge in a glass of egg nog or two, ;) all knowing that the first two meals of my day were great ones.

Extra Veggie Salad - 2 servings – inspired by the Kind Diet

  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, torn
  • 2 cups spinach ribbons
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup cucumber, sliced
  • green onion
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • chicken breast, beans or tofu
  • 2 Tbsp toasted walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp olives, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp flax oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • few drops of truffle oil

Clean, chop and assemble all veggies and toppings.

Whisk together lemon juice, flax and truffle oil, salt & pepper.

Drizzle dressing over salad and toss.

This salad provides about 5 servings of vegetables, good fats and vitamins, fiber from avocado and nuts, protein from chicken, beans or tofu, omega-3 fatty acids (the good fat!) from flax oil and luxurious flavor from the truffle oil. It’s perfectly balanced and equally as delicious.

11 Comments (Reply )

  1. Mo@MommyRD
    Dec 07, 2010 @ 8:26 am

    Oh, that salad looks so good. I like the idea of mixing lettuce, spinach, and cabbage. Elementary, but something I’ve never thought of doing. Thanks for posting this!


  2. erica
    Dec 07, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

    Yum. That salad looks great. Skipping meals is a horrible thing to do during the holiday season.


  3. Emily @ For Sweets Sake
    Dec 07, 2010 @ 3:04 pm

    I’m going to have to eat this all week to get ready for the multiple holiday parties I have this weekend haha


    • Emily
      Dec 07, 2010 @ 10:23 pm

      Haha, it always feels like the parties are non-stop!


  4. Trish
    Dec 07, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

    Sounds like the perfect light lunch. Great flavors.


  5. Sagan
    Dec 07, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    I love a grilled tofu salad! So good. And there’s nothing quite like homemade salad dressing.


  6. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Dec 07, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

    Awesome salad! It looks so crunchy and light. It feels so good to eat a bunch of vegetables and then not have to worry about getting in all your fruits/veggies later. Bring on the nog! :)


  7. Ally
    Dec 07, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

    YUM! I could use a salad like this…perhaps I’ll make one tomorrow :)


  8. Holly
    Dec 15, 2010 @ 3:05 pm

    amen to salads! i need more of that in my life for the holiday season – sometimes i make it a point to bring something veggie-filled to parties. it helps and people really appreciate it!


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