What I learned from 30 Days of Salad

I eat a lot of salad. I enjoy it. Not only do I feel great from eating salad, but a *good* salad is delicious. But the thing is that not all salads are created equal! You can’t compare an iceberg garden salad to a hearty bowl of Who’s Kale, am I right?

 

So when an acquaintance on my Facebook page wall started a thread about how she ate a salad for lunch and couldn’t understand how people ate them, I got a little worked up. Dozens of people started to post on her wall in agreement. Talk about negative press for salad!

 

Being the salad lover that I am + the fact that it’s the middle of summer with lots of great produce available, I challenged myself to #30DaysofSalad–I started to eat a large salad for one of my meals every day. Some days I was a bit rushed or short on groceries with less satisfying or interesting salads, but overall I ate a huge number of delicious, exciting, satisfying salads.

 

And you know what?

 

I’d do it again.

 

I probably eat a large salad anyways for about 4 meals a week, but bumping that up to 7 salads a week really made me crave more salad. I enjoyed every bite! AND I started to become more innovative and engaged in the creative salad making process. It was great! I think I’ll make this an annual ritual.

 

Instagram documentation of my #30DaysofSalad

My favourite: Who’s Kale? With a little green onion. #30DaysofSalad #salad #raw

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Latergram: simple kale salad with sundried tomato dressing from Saturday. #30DaysofSalad #salad

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My salad for later. Dino kale, red onion, quinoa, parsley, dill. #30DaysofSalad #salad

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Mixed greens, red onion, roasted sweet potato, shredded carrot, hemp seeds. #30daysofsalad #salad

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Kale, avocado, cherry tomatoes, sea salt, Tahiti dressing. #30daysofsalad #salad

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#30daysofsalad spinach Tahiti dressing avocado cherry tomatoes parsley artichoke hearts #salad

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Roasted beets, cabbage, carrot, fresh raw peas, green onion. #30daysofsalad #salad

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Kale, greens, carrot, avocado, beets, sea salt, cranberry pear dressing. #30daysofsalad #salad

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#salad for our jazz festival picnic. Marinated kale, red onion, cucumber, carrot, cherry tomatoes. #30daysofsalad

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Kitchen sink salad. #30daysofsalad #salad

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Who’s Kale without the nooch + cilantro and cherry tomatoes. Delicious! #30daysofsalad #salad

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Sharing salad #30 of #30daysofsalad of salad with Gaudi.

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