I'm generally at war with myself when it comes to eating right—especially in the winter. Salads are a great option because they fill me up without loading me down with carbs and sugar. I typically think of salads as a summer meal option, but when you add in warm goodness to your salad, it can be a comforting winter treat as well!
I love making salads because I can let my creative juices flow. Some basics that I love to include in my salad are:
- Mixed greens - I love keeping a box of this on hand for quick salads anytime
- Smokehouse Almonds - these add so much flavor to a simple salad
- Feta Cheese - creamy feta is amazing on almost any salad
Warming Up Your Salad
A great way to warm up a salad is to use meat leftover from the night before. I always love when I have leftover steak that I can heat up and throw on a salad the next day. For this recipe, I was craving some roasted veggies, so I chopped up some bell peppers, sweet potatoes, and broccoli and fired up the oven.
I roasted the sweet potatoes and peppers for about 20 minutes at 375 degrees, then I added in the broccoli and roasted everything for another 15 - 20 minutes. It came out of the oven steaming and exciting.
While I waited for the veggies to cook, I fried an egg on the skillet in a little bit of butter. I love eggs over easy on salad because the runny yolk mixes with the salad dressing and makes the salad amazing.
When the veggies came out of the oven, I topped the lettuce with the warm veggie goodness, almonds, and feta. Then I poured a bit of balsamic vinaigrette over the salad. The only thing that could have made this salad better was a bit of avocado, because everything is better with avocado.
The kids weren't as thrilled with my warm winter salad, so they enjoyed their PB&J oatmeal. That's okay—more for me!