I have to say, I am huge fan of eating salads for lunch and dinner. However, if I am going to eat only a salad for a meal, that salad had better be packed with protein and healthy carbs to fill me up! Power Salad with Roasted Poblano Buttermilk Dressing does just that. I often eat this after a hard running workout, and can literally feel it replenishing and fueling my body. Not only is this salad gorgeous, it also provides vitamins from a large array of colorful vegetables, and is packed with protein, healthy fiber, and carbs from the shrimp, black beans, and brown rice.
The health term “eat the rainbow” certainly comes to mind with this gorgeous salad, as it literally offers every color of the rainbow. It is as much a feast for the eyes as it is the taste buds! As usual, feel free to use whatever vegetables you prefer, or may have on hand (seasonal eating is always best). In my opinion, the more colors you use, the better!
I call this the power salad because it literally makes you feel powerful after you eat it. Some heavy meals can weigh you down afterwards and make you want to take a nap, but this energizes and revitalizes (which is what real food often does). It is clean and simple, yet full of flavor. Even the ranch dressing packs a powerful punch of protein and vitamins. Buttermilk ranch is typically made with mayonnaise, but this dressing uses yogurt instead, which adds an extra 10 grams of protein. In my house full of growing kids, we use full-fat everything, but feel free to use nonfat yogurt if you’d like (Greek yogurt would be wonderful, too). Also, a note on the poblano peppers: if you can’t find them in the grocery store, they are often mis-labeled as pasilla peppers. For a visual of what to look for, and a background of the poblano pepper, read all about it here.
Don’t forget to take a picture before you dig in. Enjoy!