Category: Salads

Warm Spinach Salad Recipe

“Warm” and “salad” might not be two words you’d normally associate, but we promise you that this warm spinach salad recipe has the goods!

This high-protein salad boasts colorful, nutrient-dense veggies and healthy fats. Roughly chopping the greens ensures that you get bite-sized greens in every delicious bite, and the crispy bacon, crunchy apples, and perfectly roasted butternut squash are downright delightful together.

It’s is also very versatile and customizable. Spinach salad is a classic, but any greens—baby kale, Swiss chard, beet greens, or a combination—will work here. Instead of butternut squash, substitute delicata squash or kabocha. Swap out the walnuts for pecans or pine nuts and the goat cheese for feta. Try it with ranch dressing instead of honey mustard. You can’t go wrong. Once you get the warm spinach salad experience, you’ll want to try loads of different variations.

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Low-carb TikTok Inspired Salmon Rice Bowls

If you’re on TikTok and you come across food and recipe videos from time to time, there’s no doubt you’ve seen Emily Mariko’s viral Salmon Rice recipe. Here at Mark’s Daily Apple, we swooned as hard as everyone else, but wanted a lower carb, grain-free option.

We got to work on making a Primal version, and we finally get to see what all the excitement is about. Well, it lives up to the hype, and it’s going into our weekly rotation. The best part is, if you keep salmon and cauliflower rice in the freezer, you’ll probably have the ingredients on hand to adapt the recipe according to what’s in your fridge.

Here’s how to make it.
Low-carb TikTok Inspired Salmon Rice Bowls

Ingredients

2 6oz. wild-caught salmon portions
3 tablespoons Primal Kitchen® No Soy Teriyaki
1 tablespoon sesame oil
4 cups cauliflower rice (I used frozen)
Nori sheets
Sesame seeds
More No Soy Teriyaki or coconut aminos

Toppings Options

1 shredded carrot
6 sliced radishes
3 chopped scallions
1 sliced avocado
Kimchi
Cucumbers
Daikon
Snap peas
Shredded bell pepper
Pickled veggies
Pickled onion
Fried egg

Spicy Mayo

3 tablespoons Primal Kitchen Mayo
Sriracha sauce, to taste

Directions
Place the salmon portions in a glass dish. Combine the sesame oil and teriyaki sauce in a small bowl and pour the mixture all over the salmon.

Bake the salmon at 375 degrees for about 12-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Roast your cauliflower rice on a sheet pan until it is tender but not too browned.

When the salmon is fully cooked and has cooled for a little bit, shred it with two forks. Toss half of the salmon with the cauliflower rice and place it into two bowls. Place the rest of the salmon on top of the cauliflower.

Add your favorite toppings to the bowl. We used peeled carrot, sliced radishes, scallions, and sliced avocado. You could also use things like kimchi, cucumbers, pickled radishes or onions. Feel free to top with more of the no soy teriyaki or some coconut aminos.

In a small bowl, mix together the mayo with as much or as little sriracha sauce as you’d like. Drizzle the spicy mayo on top of the bowls.

Garnish with sesame seeds or seaweed seasoning and place some nori sheet pieces on the side and enjoy!

Tips

These bowls can be made with leftover salmon or other proteins like shredded chicken or steamed or sauteed shrimp. You can also put a fried egg on top.
Topping ideas: radishes, cucumbers, green onion, carrot, daikon, thinly shredded cabbage, avocado, sliced pepper, zucchini noodles, snap peas

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Mark’s Big-Ass Keto Salad

For years now, all those who know me (including readers of the blog) have heard me talk about my daily “big-ass salad.” It’s been my lunch of choice for a couple of decades at least, and I don’t see that ever changing. Over the years I’ve adapted it to my personal tastes, nutritional experiments, and—lately—my keto practice.

Some people minimize vegetable intake when they’re eating keto. I’ve never found that necessary or beneficial. In fact, I highly recommend plenty of above-ground vegetables and even berries for an optimally varied, nutrient-dense keto diet. That’s my Primal take because personally I practice keto with an eye toward strategy, not restriction.

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Greek Gyro Salad with Avocado Tzatziki Recipe

I had Greek tacos at a friend’s house one day, and I’ll admit, I was skeptical. But one bite, and my mindset immediately switched to inspired. I couldn’t get enough of the fresh Mediterranean flavors alongside silky avocado. That’s why I created a deconstructed version, a Greek Gyro Salad Recipe.

Here’s how to make it.

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Grilled Romaine Salad Recipe

Have you ever made a grilled salad? You may think of salad as a cold food, but you’ll want to keep an open mind for this sweet, savory, smoky salad that’s just as refreshing as a cool, crisp salad on a hot day.

Hearts of romaine hold up well to the grill and develop a smoky wilt that balances out sweet grilled fruits and a tangy homemade balsamic dressing. This grilled romaine salad makes an excellent side dish that will become the star of any backyard barbecue.

To make it a main dish, grill your favorite chicken, steak, salmon or shrimp to top it with. Feel free to play around with the toppings to fit your diet or preferences. If you don’t have access to a grill, you can “grill” the lettuce, stone fruit and peppers on a hot cast iron grill pan on your stovetop.

Here’s how to make it.

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Shrimp and Cauli-Rice Bowls Recipe

An artfully arranged rice bowl is a hearty meal that’s packed with a variety of colors, flavors, textures, and even temperatures. The thing is, the good stuff usually sits on top of a packed bed of rice, which could push your carbs over the edge if you’re trying to keep them low. Riced cauliflower is an easy substitute that creates just as satisfying a bowl as the real thing. While it looks like a lot of effort, this shrimp and cauli-rice bowl recipe comes together in just a few minutes.

Warm spiced shrimp against cool greens, crunchy radish, creamy avocado, and bright citrusy slaw is everything you’re craving in one bowl. Make it once, and it will work its way into your regular rotation.

Here’s how to put it together.

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