Have you ever had a breakfast salad? I know what your thinking…a salad is NOT a breakfast food. Breakfast has rules. Why do you want to break the sacred rules of breakfast?
But if you really think about it, there are way too many silly rules we follow blindly without really thinking about the why. So many of our breakfast foods are born out of convenience. I totally get it, its way easier to throw a bowl of cereal together for my toddler and grab a piece of toast as I run out the door for work, than to cut up fresh produce, plate a salad, and eat it as drive down the road.
That is where this post comes in. I have designed the perfect breakfast salad that you can do prep for on the weekend, make the night before, and travels well.
But before I get into the how. Lets talk about the WHY.
Back in 2006 my little Brother Aaron shared with me this article ( “The Men Who Live Forever,” from Mens Health) . It is a bit of a marathon to read but so worth it, especially if you are a runner or looking to lose weight. To sum up the article, there is a tribe of super athletes in south america that live crazy healthy, long lives. They can run 100 mile distances well into their 60’s. Their society is free of murder, suicide, and depression. After spending time with the tribe, the author takes what he learned about their diet, philosophies, & running techniques and spent a year training to return and run a 50 mile race. To emulate their diet he starts eating salad for breakfast.
This was the first time I had heard about breakfast salads. My mind was BLOWN!!! and I have been breakfast salad-ing it ever since.
It really is a truly refreshing way to start the day.
The key to a great breakfast salad is a heaping handful of spinach and mixed greens, seasonal fruit, crisp red, yellow, & orange peppers, a nut mixture that adds crunch and protein (I do equal parts dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, and slivered almonds), a little feta, and a sweet/tangy dressing.
Corn and black beans would be a great addition to this salad.
I start out with all of this, wash & dry it, cut up the peppers and pineapple, mix my nut mixture, and wind up with this…
You can either put your salad together the night before or in the morning. It takes 5 minutes. My favorite way to transport salad dressing is in a syringe. It makes measuring a correct serving size super easy.
I hope you enjoy a new kind of breakfast that gives you energy, is refreshing, and frankly feels like a treat. Forget those silly rules born out of convenience, grab a breakfast salad and start making your own rules!