When I started down the road to healthy eating, the biggest labor o love with salads was trying to find a dressing that was both delicious and healthy. Always loved my blue cheese and caesar but those are not the healthy choices that lead to life changing results–so why eat the dag salad anyway?
Sure, raspberry and balsamic vinaigrettes were aiight for a while but after a year I was over it.
It was thanks to the amazing Robert Chaisson that I started learning to make my own dressings. Thanks Robert!!!
The first variation was with ¼ avocado, chopped garlic, maple syrup, and apple cider vinegar. After that, I just kept playing. The message that leaves? You can make your dressing a million ways, just have avocado and apple cider vinegar!
So today’s salad:
Blackened tri-tip steak with a three greens salad
with a SweetHeat Avocado Vinaigrette.
1 ½ Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
1 1/2 tsp sweetheat spices from Shenandoah Spice Company
You can substitute that spice with come garlic powder, cayenne, or a spice you love (plus a tsp of honey) but why would you? Sweet Heat is by far my favorite spice from that dag company.
- Combine ingreedients into a bowl and, using a fork, mash together thoroughly. Because the spices are not being heated, you may need more to get the flavor through.
Cooking the Steak (Super easy, promise)
¼ lb tri tip steak strip (skirt steak or flank also fine)
1 tsp Blackend Bayou seasoning
1light drizzle of oil
- Bring the pan to a medium-high heat. When oil is hot, lay steak in pan and sear on either side (Tthe spice will start to darken). Cook to your liking!
In the salad?
4 leaves of romaine (chopped)
a cup of pea shoots
a cup of arugula (chopped)
1 green onion shoot
thinly sliced tomato
¼ cup of finely chopped apple
a sprinkle of raw gorgonzola
Sweet and spicy tasty salad with a dressing that makes me feel like I’m eatin’ something fatty without making me feel fatty. It feels like fall and for once I feel full from a salad deemed healthy: oil free, low sodium, low sugar.
The Trusted Table: pea shoots, romaine, arugula, cilantro, tomato, onion
Whole Foods: Shenandoah Spice Company’s Sweet Heat, steak, apple, avocado, vinegar, gorgonzola