Superfoods Salad with Champagne Honey Vinaigrette

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions? I tend to eat a lot more sugar over the holidays, so I’ve added this adaptable Superfoods Salad to our menu rotation.
Superfoods Salad | An adaptable green salad filled with nutrient dense super foods

Superfoods Salad

When I was returning home from Moab, Utah, this past fall, I had a layover at Denver International Airport. I needed a meal and found a healthy kiosk tucked behind a McDonalds. Their superfoods salad looked intriguing so I ordered it topped with chicken and savored every bite. Kale, quiona, almonds, grapes, and more was topped with a champagne vinaigrette. I just had to make my own version at home.Superfoods Salad | An adaptable green salad filled with nutrient dense super foods

What are Superfoods?

Power Foods or Superfoods are those known to have a high nutrient value per serving.  Whether vitamins, minerals, protein or fiber, there is potentially some health benefit from any ingredient labeled as a superfood. This salad happens to contain a number of these powerhouse foods:

  • Kale, Spinach: A good source of folate, calcium, magnesium as well as high in Vitamin K (good for bone health), and iron. Kale has more antioxidants than most other produce and one of its phytonutrients may reduce the risk of certain cancers.
  • Avocados: high in monosaturated fats, helps with weight loss
  • Red Bell Peppers: rich in lutein, zeaxanthin, and vitamin C
  • Salmon: high in omega 3 fatty acids, helps with brain and heart health plus salmon may help prevent skin damage from ultraviolet light as well as reduce inflammation and cancer risks.
  • Tomatoes: source of lycopene, an antioxidant that helps protect your skin from sun damage and may also fight cancer and lower cholesterol
  • Berries: high in Vitamin C, fiber, cancer fighting antioxidants plus blueberries may help with memory and neutralize free radicals
  • Quinoa: a vegan source of protein, has ALL 9 essential amino acids
  • Honey: local honey may help with seasonal allergiesSuperfoods Salad | An adaptable green salad filled with nutrient dense super foods

A Terrific Way to Kick off a Healthy New Year

This Superfoods Salad was customized with a variety of my favorite ingredients. Feel free to swap out any of the vegetables to reflect your preferences or just leave out what you don’t like. Salmon is one of my favorite proteins so it beat out the chicken that was in my airport salad. I’m already brainstorming on how to tweak my next version. Maybe ditching the berries and roasting some of the veggies. The options are endless!

Superfoods Salad with Champagne Honey Vinaigrette
 
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An entree salad with the benefit of many superfood ingredients
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Recipe type: Entree, Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3 servings
Ingredients
  • 5 ounces of greens (I used a mixture of baby kale, spinach and arugula)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ English cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • Grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • Fresh berries, whatever looks good in the market
  • 3 broiled salmon fillets (6 ounces each)
  • Marinated artichoke hearts, optional
Salad dressing:
  • 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons honey (local if available)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Pick and choose the greens and superfoods you'd like in your salad.
  2. Place greens in the bottom of a large serving bowl. Add all the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Make dressing by whisking together the vinegar, mustard, honey, salt and pepper. Slowing drizzle in olive oil while whisking to emulsify. Pour over salad before serving. Toss and plate salad, then top with salmon.

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Comments

  1. Claudia Lamascolo says:

    I think I need to make your resolution.. I agree too much sugar the last month! this looks divine!

  2. Awesome! This is EXACTLY what I would love for my lunch!

  3. Very colorful! Happy New Year:@)

  4. What a pretty, healthy and delicious looking salad, Liz. Love the sound of champagne honey vinaigrette. Beautiful share, Liz. 🙂

  5. Kristen Chidsey says:

    Oh how I need this! And I am in love with that dressing!

  6. This salad is beautiful!

  7. So gorgeous, Liz! This is exactly the kind of salad I’ve been craving, and your champagne vinaigrette is a must make!

  8. Nope, no resolutions (because I always break them!) and that salad up there looks incredibly delicious! So if I did make a resolution to eat healthier, your superfood salad would be the first thing I’d make 🙂

  9. Just came from the season of eating all the super-bad food I can get (and loving every minute of it!), so now I need the super good foods. 🙂 This look terrific! Perfect for what we need — and crave — at this time of the year. Happy New Year!

  10. What a perfect way to start off the new year in a healthy way, Liz! I lost quite a bit of weight last year from some surgeries and want to continue on the path to better health. This is one salad that will help with that! Happy 2017!

  11. That is a gorgeous salad and I wish I knew about this champagne vinaigrette before I finished the bubbly, could have left it to turn into a vinegar lol. Purge, that is my resolution.

  12. Yeah – we’re in sugar detox mode around here. They say if you can make it past three days – you’re probably going to make it – haha. LOVE, love, love this salad. I’ve looked for champagne vinegar before but I’ll have to look again. The dressing sounds wonderful. Hope you enjoyed a very Happy New Year!

  13. This is the perfect way to kick off 2017! Gorgeous, Liz

  14. My resolution is the same every year (and I’ll keep working on it till I can achieve it)…which is ….simplify my life! I guess that goes for eating, too. And this amazing salad is a great way to kick off the new year. Every ingredient is good for you, but tastes great as well. Especially that beautiful piece of salmon! Happy New Year, Liz! I wish you a very happy and healthy year ahead!

  15. So pretty! I love adding fruit to my salads, too. Happy New Year!! 🙂

  16. This salad is packed with flavors and nutritious ingredients!Happy New Year to you and your family!

  17. Looks so fresh and colorful – good, healthy eating!

  18. This is a beautiful dish and the colors are amazing. We have a slew of birthday’s coming up and this would help to balance out our moderate indulgences.

  19. Given the flu flurry making its way around town, I’m all in for your super duper superfoods salad. P.s. Denver Airport is one of the best!

  20. This is my kind of salad Liz and it’s beautiful and colorful too! I like your version better too with the salmon. Happy New Year!

  21. MARY H HIRSCH says:

    How appropriate, a healthy foods restaurant hiding behind a McDonalds. This does look tasty and even better nutritious and feeling. A quick way to use salmon which I love.

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