The inspiration behind this salad was simply clean & light! You see, the past 3 weeks have really been one giant party. One of my best friend’s had a bridal shower, I had an engagement party, my mom had a birthday & we went out of town for my finance’s grandparent’s 65th anniversary. It was literally one celebration after the next. I mean, what more can a person ask for!? I’ve definitely set a new personal record for number of dresses worn in a 2-3 week period!
As much fun as I’ve had traveling, visiting with family from out of town, & being with my close friends; it has left me feeling in a little bit of a funk…physically. Let’s put it this way, the wine has been a-flowing and the food has been plentiful! I certainly don’t feel guilty for my minor “indulgences” here & there but you know it’s time to give your body some extra TLC when you start having trouble getting rings on your finger (hello sodium).
I added earthy beets into my salad to provide some extra oomph. It was the perfect unexpected twist my salad needed to keep it from feeling too ordinary. I’ll be honest, beets aren’t high on my “to-consume” list. In addition to the novelty, beets are chock full of vitamins, minerals & are even linked to liver promotion. Nutty Parmesan, crunchy “celery like” swiss chard pieces, & a light lemony vinegarette tied everything together perfectly. I paired my light salad with some apple slices & a small scoop of peanut butter. I finished eating feeling refreshed & satisfied. Mission accomplished.