In the short three weeks that Crooked Pint Ale House was open and we were still in Minneapolis, I managed to order the Rainbow Chopped Salad three times. It was clearly super tasty and good enough to resist ordering their delicious burgers! That should say a lot for a salad. And for me. ;)

So I had plans to recreate it right away and as we drove through South Dakota and Wyoming, I would glance at that salad on my list – just anxious to get back into the kitchen and eat something full of vegetables.

A few weeks later, and the Taster and I are sitting at our table with this beautiful salad (on chilled plates thank you!) in front of us.

And it was perfect.

This is what I consider the ideal lunch salad – it is pretty easy to throw everything together, almost everything can be prepped ahead of time, it’s got a slew of flavors, textures and colors going on and it is exciting enough to make you happy that lunch time is right around the corner.

The nutrition stats are pretty good too, although it is a tad low on protein for me. ┬áNext time we’ll try it with some grilled chicken to really make it a full meal.

If you’ve been looking for a new salad, or something healthy to bring to Thanksgiving (the Taster thought it would be perfect on turkey day), go make this. You might even choose it over stuffing – I know I would.

Rainbow Chopped Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 2 large servings

464 calories, 30 grams fat, 8 grams protein, 21 grams fiber

Ingredients

  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 heads of romaine lettuce, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups spinach, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 of small red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium apple
  • 2 oz blue cheese
  • 2 oz roasted pecans

Instructions

  1. Make dressing. Whisk together shallots, mustard, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  2. Toss lettuce, spinach, cabbage and apple with dressing until coated.
  3. Divide salad on two plates and top with blue cheese and pecans.
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9 Comments (Reply )

  1. Mo
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 10:04 am

    This looks like a winner! I’m thinking it will make a great salad to go with our pizza tonight :-)

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  2. Alyse
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 11:10 am

    Yum! What great pictures of a delicious salad! I can’t wait to try this at home. : )

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  3. Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 11:25 am

    Looks like another great fiber-licious dish to try! And Mo, I love that you are going to pair it with pizza – that sounds like a great match up.

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  4. Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 11:45 am

    This looks fantastic! I can’t wait to make it!!

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  5. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 12:05 pm

    THANK YOU. I have a head of red cabbage that glares at me every time I open the fridge. I used half of it and now it’s waiting to be used… in … something? Looks like it will be a delicious salad for me!

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  6. Liz @ Southern Charm
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 3:26 pm

    Oh wow! This looks so refreshing! I’m in love.

    Reply

  7. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Nov 14, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    this looks fantastic. love!

    Reply

  8. Editorial Team | Healthy Aperture
    Nov 16, 2011 @ 8:45 pm

    Looks lovely (and yummy!)

    Reply

  9. Pam Pollock
    Nov 18, 2011 @ 7:12 pm

    I am going to serve this at Thanksgiving.

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