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Colorful Lettuce-less Salad February 11, 2013

Jamie says: Who says a salad has to have lettuce? My Colorful Lettuce-less Salad certainly doesn’t. I’m not gonna lie, I did run out of lettuce, but sometimes when you don’t have you’re go-to pantry items on hand, you get a little extra creative. Here’s a new spin on salad:

Colorful Lettuce-less Salad

Colorful Lettuce-less Salad

Have no fear, if the lettuce isn’t here!

Shredded carrots, squash, and cucumber make a good lettuce substitute

Shredded carrots, squash, and cucumber make a good lettuce substitute

Prep the night before for a grab-and-go workday lunch.

Perfect for a workday (or school day) lunch

Perfect for a workday (or school day) lunch

Doesn’t the “red stuff” look like bacon? The pieces are actually sun dried tomatoes, and, might I add, equally flavorful.

When packing your lunch box next time, think outside the box

When packing your lunch box next time, think outside the box

Colorful Lettuce-less Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 1 small squash
  • 8 baby carrots
  • 1/3 cup chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup smoked sun dried tomatoes, julienne cut (California Sun Dry)
  • 1 oz sharp light Natural Vermont Cheddar Cheese, 50% reduced fat (Cabot)
  • 8 black olives (Lindsay Naturals)
  • 6 crackers
  • 2 Tbsp salad dressing (Annie’s Naturals- Organic Goddess)

Directions:

  1. Peel cucumber. Chop ends off of squash. Use a food processor to shred cucumber, squash, and baby carrots. Place into a sandwich-sized reclosable container.
  2. Add chickpeas and sun dried tomatoes. Shave cheese; slice olives; and add to “salad.” Refrigerate.
  3. Pack crackers and a side of salad dressing. When ready to eat, crush crackers and drizzle salad dressing on top. Enjoy!

Servings: 1

  • Nutrition note: Greens are great, but when you don’t have them on hand,  substituting them for shredded vegetables gives you another way to get some veggies in.
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2 Responses to “Colorful Lettuce-less Salad”

  1. Dad Says:

    All good cept 4 the cukes 4 me!
    Love the way your comments are Real- ” I’m not gonna lie- I ran out of lettuce” & so clever wording too- ” lettuce- less salad”. GO JAMIE- Love ya- DAD


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