Mama Jess’ Big Ol’ Salad

If you went out to a restaurant with me you’d notice that I rarely order a salad. It’s not that I don’t like salad, it’s because I can usually make them better.

Most salads, when dining out, are just plain pitiful. There’s nothing to them. A little bit of lettuce spread out on a plate with some cherry tomatoes, parmesan cheese and a couple of crappy croutons. Great salad?! Not.

Salads should be nutrient dense and filled with lots of different veggies, leftovers, crunchiness, yumminess, loveliness. Ok, now I don’t even know what I’m talking about. All I know is that when I sit down to eat a  big ol’ salad that’s loaded with the works, I am so happy.


  • 4 cups of spinach
  • 3 cups kale
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped
  • 1-2 cups of broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup of cauliflower, chopped
  • 3 radishes, chopped
  • ½-1 cup colored peppers
  • 1 cup red cabbage, rough chopped
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • ½ tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp almonds/walnuts/cashews
  • ¼-1/2 avocado
  • Handful of dried cranberries (sweetened with apple juice)
  • 4-7 oz of cooked chicken, or Andouille, or chicken sausage, or whatever meat.
  • Sprinkle of cheese (I like feta. Well, I like most cheese.)


  • Place all of the veggies into a big bowl.
  • If you have a salad chopper and bowl, put it in the one!
  • Chop, chop and chop away your salad.
  • Take out 3-4 handfuls of salad and put in a separate big bowl.
  • Add meat, seeds, nuts, avocado, cranberries, and cheese on top and mix it up.
  • Add dressing of your choice.


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