Reducing your meat intake even by one day a week can have a huge impact on both your health and on the planet.
We always try to do Meatless Monday in our house. That being said, I always get told that anybody who eats meat every day never has a clue how to navigate making a fulfilling dinner on a meatless day!
This spinach and edamame salad is perfect for those days! You can change up the ingredients to suit you needs, but this recipe was made up of what I picked up at the store and had in the house today. I picked up the edamame, olives and chickpeas at the salad bar in the local grocery store. Its easier to buy the portion that we want that way rather than buying all 3 in bulk.
The benefits of this salad are vast! Plenty of protein and fiber in the edamame, chickpeas and hummus; spinach has a bunch of vitamins and fiber; black olives are rich in antioxidants; avocado is loaded with heart-healthy fats, and parsley (the main ingredient in tabouli) is loaded with vitamins A,C,K, folate and iron. If you need a carb fix, add a 1/3 cup brown rice or quinoa!
- Arugula (rocket)
- Black Olives
- Balsamic Dressing
- Optional: Falafel
- Chop the spinach and arugula
- Add the edamame and chickpeas
- Place a spoon or two of tabouli on top
- Half the olives and slice the avocado, place on side along with humus
- Place raspberries on top and drizzle a little balsamic vinaigrette over
- If you’re having falafel, cut the pieces into quarters and place all around the plate
That wasn’t so hard, was it? Remember, you can reuse some of these ingredients in a meal again tomorrow! Blend some of the spinach into a morning shake! Have the tabouli and hummus as a snack with some veggies or wholewheat pita!
NOTE: If you’re having hummus and falafel, maybe skip the chickpeas.. it will be a chickpea overload otherwise as hummus and falafel are made of chickpeas.