When you make a salad, think beyond just lettuce as the only option!
One of my favorite lunches to prep for work is a salad because I can make it different every time. It’s something that can be changed up in a multitude of ways to go from simple and satisfying to creatively sustaining. Just because you are eating a salad doesn’t mean you are stuck with only lettuce!
I happen to really love cabbage, whether it’s cooked, raw or juiced. Sometimes when I make salads for the week ahead my lettuce or spinach isn’t as fresh by the last day. With cabbage I don’t have this issue at all! This chopped cabbage salad really brings out a different flavor to your typical salad, while also adding a little crunch!
First prepare the chicken by putting a little olive oil in a skillet and cooking on medium heat. I drizzled them with balsamic vinegar and seasonings as well just to give them a little extra flavor. These should cook for about 5-10 minutes. Check to make sure they are completely cooked through before removing.
While that cooks chop up both the cabbages. I chose to use both colors but this can of course be made with one or the other depending on your preference. Put in a large bowl and set aside.
Now it’s time to make your homemade salad dressing! Mix together a little olive oil, some balsamic vinegar and a dash of lemon. Sprinkle in pepper and basil, stir and then set aside.
When the chicken is finished cut into thin one inch strips and let cool (optional). Finally, slice the peaches and combine with some blueberries in a separate bowl. Everything is now set to be served up!
Enjoy right away or store in the fridge in air tight container as a meal prep. If saving for later make sure that the dressing is kept separate from the cabbage to avoid getting soggy.
Seriously though, how cute and convenient are these?? I love my recycled jars, but this seems much more logical….
For a little extra try adding some fresh sliced avocado too! The colors in this salad are as pleasing to the eye as the combination of ingredients is to your taste buds.
This recipe is Whole30 approved, Paleo and gluten free too! It’s one of my favorite make ahead salad recipes!
>>This is a 21 Day Fix APPROVED recipe!
When making this as part of a meal prep it counts as three servings. Each of those servings consists of 1 orange, 1/2 a purple container, 1 red and 1 3/4 green.
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