Superfoods salad is loaded with healthy, nutritious fruits and vegetables, protein-rich quinoa, and omega-3 packed salmon!
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 recipe to our menu rotation.
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, quinoa, almonds, grapes, and more was topped with a champagne vinaigrette. I just had to make my own version at home.
This Marinated Vegetable Salad is simple and delicious, plus it’s also known as a “detox” salad due to all the veggies and fiber! It’s another healthy favorite to try.
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 superfoods salad recipe 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: a 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 allergies
A Terrific Way to Kick off a Healthy New Year
This Superfoods Salad is 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!
Tools I Use When Making Superfoods Salad:
More of My Best Salad Recipes
- Mexican Corn Salad
- Summer Panzanella
- Corn Basil and Tomato Salad
- Italian Chopped Salad
- Summer Vegetable Salad
- Marinated Vegetable Salad
- More Salad Recipes
- 5 ounces of greens (I used a mixture of baby kale, spinach, and arugula)
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/2 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 6-ounce broiled salmon fillets
- Marinated artichoke hearts, optional
- 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons honey (local if available)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Black pepper, to taste
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Pick and choose the greens and superfoods you'd like in your salad.
- Place greens in the bottom of a large serving bowl. Add all the rest of the ingredients.
- 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 927 Total Fat: 69g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 54g Cholesterol: 107mg Sodium: 593mg Carbohydrates: 35g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 11g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 44g