Thursday, January 2, 2014

Winter Salad with Lemon Yogurt Dressing

Over indulging in holiday foods begins in October with Halloween candy.  I  move through  Thanksgiving and Christmas without missing a beat.  The cakes, candies and desserts have my full attention and the idea that only one trip to the holiday buffet table is adequate is blasphemous.  By the end of December there is only one way to describe how I am feeling GROSS!

My return to normal usually starts with craving lighter and healthier foods. This means an increase in veggies and fruits. Suddenly as if seeing the light, I find the idea of leaving the table not stuffed to the gills a pleasant feeling.

This winter salad is everything that you imagine....It is healthy, delicious and filling.  The salad can be eaten as a side to soup or sandwich or as the main entree.  Either way you will not be disappointed.

Happy New Year!

Winter Salad with Lemon Yogurt Dressing
Serves 4 Main Course/Serves 8 Side Dish
Recipe from Epicurious


1 cup whole milk plain yogurt
1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1/4 cup avocado oil or canola oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, pressed
Fine sea salt

8 cups coarsely chopped, romaine lettuce (about 8 large leaves)
1-1/2 cups, 1/2-inch cubed peeled jicama
2 small carrots thinly sliced into rounds
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup 1/2-inch cubes kohlrabi or peeled broccoli stems
3/4 cup canned chickpeas, drained
3/4 cup halved pitted Kalamata olives
1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes
1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds


Whisk first 5 ingredients into a small bowl.  Season dressing with fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Toss lettuce and next 8 ingredients in large bowl.  Add dressing and toss to coat. Divide salad among plates; sprinkle with sunflower seeds.



Sam Hoffer @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Your salad looks delicious Velva and the dressing sounds so light. I feel stuffed to the gills and am ready for salads too. Bring 'em on.

We Are Not Martha said...

This salad looks absolutely perfect for the New Year! I'm totally craving healthy veggies, too :) Happy 2014! :)


Anonymous said...

I'm the same as you, after stuffing my face silly over the Christmas period, soups and salad suddenly seem to be all I want. This salad does look particularly good.
Happy New Year to you.

~~louise~~ said...

Happy New Year, Velva! Your winter salad looks oh so refreshing! I love citrus in the Winter time! I wouldn't mind having this salad for breakfast!

Thank you so much for sharing...

rosaria williams said...

What a mouthwatering sight!
I want one...

Taste of Beirut said...

LOVE this salad! I had been buying avocados like crazy and there's only so much guacamole one can eat! will keep it in mind with the last avocado left.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

My husband and I love our salad nights during the week. This could definitely be a meal for us with the protein from the chickpeas. It sounds delicious!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I'm there! Fresh salads and vegetables can really brighten up January and get the "diet" back on track. Hope you had a terrific holiday!

Rebecca Subbiah said...

looks great esp the addition of chick peas happy new year

Michelle said...

I also love the chickpeas and the dressing sounds excellent as lemon is a favorite flavor of mine.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Great way to start off the New Year!! Look very good!

Lawyer Loves Lunch said...

I never thought I'd get tired of cookies but you're right, it's finally happened! The lemon yogurt dressing on this salad looks so light and flavorful and looks like the perfect way to start eating right again :)

Michael Toa said...

Happy new year Velva! Best wishes for 2014... I know what you mean about feeling gross. I had the same feeling. It's so nice to see a salad post after all the butter and cream packed month.
The salad looks brilliant. So refreshing... I feel like I can just eat the whole bowl myself :)

Angie Schneider said...

I too had a sweets loaded holiday and It is definitely time for some healthier treats.
Happy new year Velva!

sprinklesandsauce said...

That salad looks so healthy! Love avocados!

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