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Everyday Awesome Salad recipe Everyday Awesome Salad with green beans, chickpeas, beets, ricotta salata, radicchio, and mixed greens. The perfect recipe for a quick and easy Everyday Salad great for anytime. Hey Guys! Today we have this really great salad for you. This salad is very easy to throw together and the name pretty much speaks for itself…it’s awesome and really wonderful anytime of the year (plus, I couldn’t think of a better name!). I love the bitterness of radicchio, especially paired with a sweet and tangy balsamic vinaigrette. The ingredients in this salad are pretty much based on my own personal preferences. It has both the earthiness of the beets and mixed greens and the hearty texture of the chickpeas which I think beings good balance to this salad overall….but feel free to swap out ingredients you don’t like for ones you do!

What I think makes this salad super special is the ricotta salata, a cheese I learned about just a year ago and am now seeing pop up even at regular grocery stores! It’s basically a dry ricotta….think feta/cotija hybrid, Italian style. It’s SO good and really makes the salad pop! Some of you might be a bit surprised at the amount of oil added to the vinaigrette. Nothing bums me out more than a vinaigrette that taste like  nothing but oil, with a hint of balsamic….so this recipe definitely packs a punch. If you prefer a more mild vinaigrette, then go ahead and add in another 1/4 cup…eat it however you like!

As the weather begins to get chilly here and everyone is getting into the spirit of hearty, comfort dishes; remember this salad as a great alternative to those stick to your ribs meals. Oh and did you guys see our gorgeous Candied Yam Pie yesterday? Wasn’t it puuuurtty?! Holiday desserts are always so much fun, and we’re going to keep it going with another pumpkin pie alternative at the end of this week so we hope you’re ready. Yay! Have a great week! xx, Jenny

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The Awesome Anytime Salad
Serves 3 to 4

Ingredients:
5 ounces of mixed greens (6-8 loosely packed cups)
1 small head radicchio, roughly chopped
10 green beans, blanched (or steamed) and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 medium red beet, roasted, peeled and diced
2/3cup canned chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), drained
1/2 cup ricotta salata, crumbled
super simple balsamic vinaigrette:
1 tablespoons minced shallots
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons high quality balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Place greens, radicchio, green beans, beets, and chickpeas into a large mixing bowl and toss together.
2. For the vinaigrette: Place all ingredients into a small jar, seal and shake until completely combined.
3. Pour vinaigrette over salad and toss together. Sprinkle ricotta salata over salad and serve.

**To roast the beet: Preheat oven to 375°F. Rinse any dirt off the beet and thoroughly dry. Drizzle about 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil over the beet, wrap in foil and place directly on the rack in the oven. Roast for about 40 minutes or until tender. Allow beet to cool before unwrapping, peeled and dicing.

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  1. Maggie Not Specified Not Specified

    Even more awesome that I have all the ingredients on hand! Thanks for passively planning my dinner ;)

  2. Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) Not Specified Not Specified

    It does sound like an awesome salad. Chickpeas are one of my favorite salad ingredients! =)

  3. ileana Not Specified Not Specified

    Beautiful salad! I’m always down for beets in salads.

  4. jaime @ sweet road Not Specified Not Specified

    I always feel like (naturally) colorful food is the most appealing… I think my body knows better than my brain that colorful meals will include a variety of nutrients!

  5. Abby@ The Frosted Vegan Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks like just what I need to prepare for all the indulging I will be doing in the coming weeks : )

  6. Julia Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow this looks so yummy and healthy. I love everything in this colorful salad. Thanks for sharing.

  7. taylor Not Specified Not Specified

    super yummo. i have radicchio growing in the garden! will give this a try

  8. Eileen Not Specified Not Specified

    This salad does sound amazing! Now off to find some radicchio…

  9. Victoria Not Specified Not Specified

    Pretty much any salad rocking some “beets” (ha..ha..) makes it on my yummy list. Can’t wait to make this for work! Thanks!

    xo

  10. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Not Specified Not Specified

    Totally into this. Everyone needs an everyday salad – and this one is a beauty!

  11. addie | culicurious Not Specified Not Specified

    Nothing like a recipe that’s both healthy and tasty! :) yum!

  12. otherdeb Not Specified Not Specified

    This sounds just like the kinds of salad I love to toss together! I will never understand people who only think of salad as being just iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber, buried under a ton of dressing.

  13. Yelle Not Specified Not Specified

    Mmm! I adore the bitterness of raddichio! So yummy and crunchy! Such a colorful salad would be such a pleasure to eat!

  14. McKenna Ryan Not Specified Not Specified

    This salad looks delicious!! And not only that, the colors are so rich and beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful veggie creation!!

  15. Bev @ Bev Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    Holy crap I love this.

  16. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking Not Specified Not Specified

    So pretty! Ricota salata, yes please! I am all in homebody-comfort-food zone right now. This will totally fit in with my hibernation!

  17. Katie @ Blonde Ambition Not Specified Not Specified

    The colors are great in this salad! I’m the same about not liking super oily vinaigrette.. I probably add more vinegar than most people would like :)

  18. Meg Not Specified Not Specified

    What font did you use on your photos? I absolutely love it!

  19. kita Not Specified Not Specified

    I should say that it’s the beets or something that make this salad rock – but to me, it’s the green beans! Green beans in a salad?! Yes please.

  20. słodko-słona Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks awesome! I need to do this salad! :)

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