Maybe you've already tried the factory chopped salad from Cheesecake Factory. And if you have, you totally understand why I crave this constantly. Every time I order it at the restaurant I always do the "skinnylicious" version of it (which basically just means it comes with a lighter dressing). I also usually get it without the blue cheese. It already has avocado, so it doesn't really need the extra fat.
Here is the thing- people tend to order salads when they are trying to watch their figure. But honestly... you have to really substitute on most salads you order when you eat out if you are actually trying to have a healthy one. Most restaurant salads have around 700-900 calories. Yuck!
No thanks. I'd rather eat that juicy steak, personally.
Thanks to slimmed down options on menus these days, you are able to think twice about the meal you are going to order.
Oh, and one other point... you CAN eat out. Anywhere for that matter. And you can mastermind healthy dishes just by swapping out certain ingredients. I have another post on that coming up soon...
Okay, let's make my homemade version of the best dang salad ever. This salad is brought to you by yours truly and everybody's favorite grocery store, Trader Joes.
"Factory" Chopped Salad
2 Heads Organic Romaine Lettuce (cleaned and chopped)
1 Tomato (cored and diced small)
1/2 C. Corn
3 Slices of turkey bacon cooked and diced
1 Organic chicken breast cooked in stovetop pan and diced
1 Small organic honeycrisp apple diced
optional: add some avocado!
For the dressing:
(serves 8.. save some for later!)
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (choose a good-quality, aged brand if possible)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 drops liquid stevia (or 1 teaspoon of honey)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Whisk together salad dressing and set aside.
To assemble salad, make sure all ingredients are finely chopped!
Combine in bowl with cracked pepper and add in the dressing (remember, a little goes a long way for the salad dressing).