Your new “go-to” salad

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saladfin This salad is by far, my favorite salad to make for dinner.  With this salad, you don’t need ANYTHING else. . If you have ever been to Hog Snapper, in Tequesta, you may have seen or tried the Melove Salad on their menu. This recipe was inspired by that salad.

This is the most flavorful, satiating salad. It fills you up, and provides all the nutritional benefit you could need. Dr. Oz is a huge fan of beans and recommends them in our diet, “Beans are high in antioxidants, fiber, protein, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper and zinc. Eating beans regularly may decrease the risk of diabetes, heart disease, colorectal cancer, and helps with weight management. Beans are hearty, helping you feel full so you will tend to eat less.”

What you will need:

Organic spinach and arugula (or you can choose mixed greens if you prefer)
Shredded coconut-1/3 cup (you can always add more, like 1/2 cup)
Organic corn, garbanzo beans-3/4 cup of each
Organic black beans- 1/2 cup
Organic grape tomatoes-1/2 box
Avacado-1
Frozen brown rice (365 brand) found in the freezer section at Whole Foods.
Annie’s balsamic dressing- 2 tbsp.
Avacado Oil-2 tbsp.
Coconut Oil-3 tbsp.

The first thing you should do is pour 3 cups of frozen  brown rice into a skillet. Add 3 tbsp. of coconut oil and let the rice cook on medium. I normally buy the frozen rice, when I don’t feel like taking so much time to cook rice. Whole Foods also has bags of frozen quinoa. This saves so much time to cook with these. Next, add a heaping 1/3 cup of shredded coconut. (sometimes I add more 🙂 Stir together and then let it sit while you prepare the salad.

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ingred. Put your desired amount of spinach and arugula into a big mixing bowl. Next, slice your avocado. I will teach you a trick to easily cutting avocado. First, slice the avocado in half, vertically. Next, chop your knife right into the pit, and gently twist. Pull the knife out and it will perfectly remove the pit.pit  Voila!

Next, make horizontal and vertical slices into the avocado.

avaThen, you can gently squeeze the avocado together and the slices will fall out, or you can try to flip it inside out. Both ways will give you perfect, little cubes.
melove4 After you have put your avocado in, add your corn, garbanzo beans, black beans, and tomatoes. Next, drizzle your avocado oil and balsamic dressing over top. Finally, add the coconut rice mixture. Mix all the ingredients together.

melove2 A nice side dish that complements this salad well is butternut squash. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-45 minutes, face down, on a cookies sheet. Scoop out the insides, slice and serve.

I haven’t thought of a name for this salad, until I do, I will continue to call it the “Melove Salad” because it reminds me of the Melove salad from Hog Snapper. 🙂

I know you will LOVE this!

ENJOY!

Kaitlin

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