Building your own Big Ass Salad is an easy way to customize your ingredients to create a satisfying, wholesome meal. Today's version took a Mexican flare as a taco-style salad. Today's version was topped with ground moose meat as a protein (thanks for the gift, mom!), cheese as a fat, and loaded with veggies and pico de gallo for flavour. If you have plain Greek yogurt, dollop it on your salad as an alternative to sour cream! Below are some ideas to change up the protein, veggies, healthy fats, and fiber choices based on your preferences:
Protein: Salsa chicken, extra lean ground beef, extra lean ground turkey, shrimp or try my Beef Carnita recipe
Healthy Fats: Shredded cheese, avocado, or sour cream
Volume/Veggies: Romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms
Fiber: Avocado, black beans, or high-fibre bean based nacho chips like Protes
Condiments: Consider choosing health minded condiments such as salsa, pico de gallo, hot sauce, or Bolthouse Salsa Ranch dressing
*Note: If you are using this salad as a meal after a high-intensity workout, try adding a higher carbohydrate choice such as rice to refuel.
Prep the salad ahead of time for quick lunches or dinners throughout the week. Chop the veggies and prepare the protein in advance, storing them individually in the fridge. Throughout the week, assemble individual portions and add your favorite toppings.