Zesty Veggie Salad

Zesty Veggie Salad | read more at happilythehicks.comI go through phases where I love salads and then other times when I have lost all taste for them. I think it depends on the weather… When it’s cold outside, all I want to eat are warm foods, but when it’s warmer out, I crave fresh veggie salads.  Lately I’ve been on a salad kick (bringing them in fun mason jars helps!), and I wanted to share my latest favorite with y’all- my Zesty Veggie Salad! I love making a big salad to eat off of for a few days, which not only makes eating clean and green easy, but they also cut down on cooking/chopping time throughout the week, and I never have an excuse for not eating my veggies.

Zesty Veggie Salad | read more at happilythehicks.com

I threw this salad together the other day and loved how it turned out! We ate it as a veggie side with our tamales, and I was able to bring some for lunch the next day, with enough left over to have with dinner that night too. It’s flavorful and zesty, full of vitamin rich veggies, and it looks gorgeous on the plate!

Do you like eating salads? What’s your favorite?

Zesty Veggie Salad | read more at happilythehicks.com

Zesty Veggie Salad

Ingredients:
2 cups chopped spinach
2 cups chopped kale
1 tomato, diced
1 orange bell pepper, diced
1/2 large avocado
1 Tbsp pine nuts
1 Tbsp sunflower seeds
4 basil leaves, finely chopped

Dressing:
1 lemon, juiced
1 tsp lemon zest
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp agave

Mix the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. In a large bowl, mix the veggies and pour the dressing on top. Toss the salad to evenly coat with the dressing.
Eat immediately!

*If you are wanting to save some of the salad for later, do not put the dressing on it! Dress it when you are ready to eat.

Zesty Veggie Salad | read more at happilythehicks.com

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  1. Karin Rambo

    May 16th, 2016 at 10:14 am

    This looks delicious! Definitely not your typical veggie salad!

  2. Rebecca | Happily the Hicks

    May 16th, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Thanks, Karin!! And yes, I get bored with the typical salads… I like to keep my taste buds on their toes ;)

  3. Shann Eva

    May 16th, 2016 at 11:29 am

    This salad is so pretty, with so many good things in it. I’m doing the Whole30 right now, and think I can have almost all…no agave, but that’s OK. Looks yummy!

  4. Rebecca | Happily the Hicks

    May 16th, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks!! I hope you try it… I know you’d love it. :)

  5. Jessica Bradshaw

    May 17th, 2016 at 7:53 am

    So pretty!! I love avocado so much. It’s the best in a salad. I would add a little grilled chicken to this one and be full all day. YUM!

  6. Rebecca | Happily the Hicks

    May 17th, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Me too!! And if it hadn’t been a side salad, I would have added chicken. It would go really well with it!

  7. Katie Arnold

    May 17th, 2016 at 8:20 am

    YUM! That sounds delicious!! My salad this week is arugula and kale with tomatoes, avocado, chickpeas and roasted potatoes and topped with a vinaigrette made with lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and greek seasoning mix. It’s delicious!

  8. Rebecca | Happily the Hicks

    May 17th, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    YUM! That sounds amazing Katie! I’ll have to try that out soon.

  9. Christine

    May 17th, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Looks really good! I tend to want to eat more salads when the weather is warmer too. Can’t wait to give this a try.

  10. Rebecca | Happily the Hicks

    May 17th, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Thanks for stopping by Christine! I know you’ll love it :)

  11. Penny @ pennyspassion.blogspot

    May 17th, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Yum! This looks (and sounds) so good. Pinning for later reference.

  12. Rebecca | Happily the Hicks

    May 17th, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks so much Penny!

  13. JeeYoung

    May 17th, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    So pretty and looks delicious. Anything with avocado is a win in my book, pinning for later!

  14. Rebecca | Happily the Hicks

    May 17th, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    I agree! I’ve on an avocado kick lately. Thanks for stopping by JeeYoung!

  15. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    May 17th, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    I love zesting the CRAP out of my salads!!! And avocados on salad just MAKE THEM!!! :)

  16. Rebecca | Happily the Hicks

    May 17th, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    I agree!! I love love love adding avocados to my salad. They add such a great flavor and texture!

  17. Dixya Bhattarai RD

    May 17th, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    lately i have been indulging in meat and greasy food but hey, im on vacation right? my body is asking me for salad and this looks wonderful :)

  18. Rebecca | Happily the Hicks

    May 17th, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Enjoy your vacation!! I love treating myself when I’m visiting new places. And thank you Dixya! Glad you stopped by.

  19. Jenny

    May 17th, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    This looks so good!

    xoxo, Jenny

  20. Rebecca | Happily the Hicks

    May 17th, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks Jenny!!

  21. Rachel @ STCL

    May 17th, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Yum! This looks delicious – and super healthy!

  22. Rebecca | Happily the Hicks

    May 17th, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Thank you Rachel!

  23. Ashleigh

    May 17th, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    This salad recipe looks wonderful! Thank you for sharing such a delicious spicy dish, I can’t wait to try it!

  24. Rebecca | Happily the Hicks

    May 18th, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Thanks Ashleigh! I know you’ll love it :)

  25. Jenn Slavich

    May 18th, 2016 at 9:29 am

    What an awesome salad! Love the combination of veggies and fats. This looks like a salad I could just dive into. I’m with you, once the weather starts warming up I eat a lot more salads. Thanks for sharing.

  26. Rebecca | Happily the Hicks

    May 18th, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Thanks Jenn! I love adding fats and protein to my salads to keep me full longer.

  27. Susannah

    May 18th, 2016 at 10:33 am

    This looks amazing! I sure do love a good salad!!! <3

  28. Rebecca | Happily the Hicks

    May 18th, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Thank you Susannah!

  29. Shannon Peterson

    May 18th, 2016 at 11:42 am

    The avocado on top looks like the perfect addition to this yummy and colorful salad!

  30. Rebecca | Happily the Hicks

    May 18th, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Thank you! I’m on an avocado craze right now, so I’m adding it to err thing. :)

  31. Ana Ojha

    May 18th, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    It looks so colorful and healthy. Thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

  32. Rebecca | Happily the Hicks

    May 18th, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    You’re welcome Ana! Thanks for stopping by :)

  33. Bella B @ xoxoBella

    May 19th, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Yum! I need to grab some pine nuts to make this. I love anything with avocado.

  34. Rebecca | Happily the Hicks

    May 20th, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Yes! The pine nuts really add a nice texture to the salad- you’ll love it :)

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