The Reset Button Salad

The Reset Button Salad // shutterbean

For the past few weeks leading up to my juice cleanse I’ve been going to my local Whole Foods and making this salad for my lunch at work. I learned to bring my own cucumber, walnuts and dressing in my purse so I can get my salad for about 3 bucks. Over the years, I’ve learned what weighs down a salad bar salad. Stay away from cherry tomatoes, cucumbers (WHY DO THEY CUT THEM SO BIG?) hardboiled eggs, chicken & beans. They’ll tip the scales for sure.

The Reset Button Salad // shutterbean

I like to call this salad The Reset Button Salad because it’s filled with goodness. The biggest impact comes from the red quinoa. It’s totally nutty and makes it more of a meal. I’m less inclined to want a side of bread or (cough cough) french fries as a result. Just this salad has the tendency to fill me up! The shredded carrots & beets add a nice crunch while the green onions give it a good onion flavoring without overpowering. For extra oomph, I added toasted walnuts (because I adore them!) and some crumbled feta for contrast. Arugula…well…you know me… My arugula obsession continues, but I find that it works really well here. It’s the type of salad that will help RESET your brain into remembering that healthy food can be so satisfying. And if you have an avocado just lying around, I promise that it would be a great addition to! Omit the feta and it’s a vegan dream.

Later this week, I’m gonna bring you a foccacia recipe which will probably spur you to eat this salad even more. Cuz, BALANCE.

And we’re off!

Let’s create a salad bar. I cooked the quinoa and rain it under cold water to cool it down. Then I shredded a beet (without skin) with my cheese grater, diced up green onions, toasted walnuts in the oven (350F for about 6-8 minutes) and used up some shredded carrots I bought at the store.

I love this kind of activity in my kitchen.

The Reset Button Salad // shutterbean

This dressing is SIMPLE! It’s just balsamic & extra virgin olive oil. Salt & pepper to taste.

The Reset Button Salad // shutterbean

I created one salad for my dinner and the rest for the week!

The Reset Button Salad // shutterbean

I’ve found that the key to eating healthier during the week is doing a little bit of legwork. As long as I have my fridge organized & stocked, I feel like I can accomplish anything. I currently have 4 portions of this salad and some extra cooked quinoa in my fridge thanks to properly allocated 20 minutes over the weekend.

The Reset Button Salad // shutterbean

The organized neat freak in me loves a stack of salads waiting for me in the fridge.

The Reset Button Salad // shutterbean

No more stalking the salad bar for me!!!  Although, it was a pretty healthy obsession if I do say so myself.

The Reset Button Salad

serves 4-5 people

for the salad:

  • 7 cups arugula
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked red quinoa
  • 1/2 English cucumber chopped
  • 1 cup shredded beets
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 green onions, thinly chopped
  • 3/4 cup toasted walnuts
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta (totally optional)

for the dressing:

  • 7 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt & pepper

 

In a large bowl, toss arugula, quinoa, cucumber, beets, carrots, green onions, walnuts & feta together. In a small jar, mix oil and balsamic together with a pinch of salt & pepper. Put the lid on jar and shake a few times to emulsify dressing. Drizzle dressing on top of salad and toss to combine. Season with pepper and serve immediately.

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  • September 9, 2013

    Yea for arugula! I have not tried the red quinoa yet, but it looks pretty. Heh, I’m about to make myself a reset salad of sorts with what I have on hand right now. Yes, now, at one in the morning…I’m an eating weirdo.

  • September 9, 2013

    This looks awesome. Exactly what I should be eating for lunch. Can you understand me thought this mouthful of French fries?

  • September 9, 2013

    I just did a juice cleanse about 2 weeks ago. And the one before that was about 4 mos ago. I have to say, I love them. In the moment, there’s a few dicey times, but overall – reset button, YES. That’s what I call them as well! Not sure if you did yours or are going to? But can’t wait to hear more.

    Salads from WFs. That’s a luxury I have never gotten into after 1 or 2 $10 salads years ago. Such good info about the cukes and why they cut them so big…cha-ching$ Thanks for that insider info :)

  • September 9, 2013

    I always struggle with what I want at Whole Foods vs. what weighs a ton. Compromise. Lucky for me there isn’t one too close so I don’t have to worry too much. This salad looks amazing! I love having things prepped like this for the week. Yes, stacked containers in the fridge is a very good thing!

  • September 9, 2013

    I haven’t done a juice cleanse yet, but really want to try! Love this pre-juice salad :)

  • September 9, 2013

    Thanks so much for the salad bar tips– it’s always deceiving as to what will “tip the scales”! Love that you make up salads for the week, too. I’ve done this for the past year, and it makes it so much easier to pack lunches, save money, and drop the L-B-S’s!

  • September 9, 2013

    Nothing more satisfying than food neatly lined up in tupperware! #tupperwarestacks

  • Jane M
    September 9, 2013

    Yippee for salads! They are the #1 meal in this house! Only with 2 grown men – their salad weighs 6 pounds!!!! ( I just had to know and weighed the bowl). WowWee!

  • September 9, 2013

    Such a great idea! This looks amazing! I love when a salad is really good-it reminds me that healthy is easier than I think it is.

    • Tracy
      September 9, 2013

      It really is! It just takes a little time! And most of the time….I forget about doing it!

  • fusilliamy
    September 9, 2013

    It’s weird how excited I am to go home and chop vegetables and organize my fridge. I bet I’ll sleep better tonight. I’ve started called arugula “aroogs”…seeing if it sticks.

    • Tracy
      September 9, 2013

      AROOGS. Interesting! Get your chopping on!

  • September 9, 2013

    I agree- you definitely have to do a bit of legwork & organization to eat healthy. If I’m excited about the lunches I pack I’m much less likely to buy unhealthy stuff. Haven’t tried red quinoa yet but I’ve seen it in so many salads so I bet it tastes lovely in this one.

  • Carly
    September 9, 2013

    I prepare a week’s worth of lunches every Sunday. I said to my husband yesterday, as I stacked the matching Tupperware containers in the fridge, “This makes me SOOO happy.” You last photo made me smile to know that I’m not the only one.

    This salad looks amazing. Totally next week’s lunches.

  • September 9, 2013

    I can’t get past getting caught somewhere with a cucumber in your purse. I’m pretty sure if I ever became so resourceful (great salad bar tips, BTW!), I’d die in a horrific car accident and all anyone would talk about was how I was found in the wreckage with a cucumber in my purse. WHAT IS MY PROBLEM.

    This salad is a dream. High five!

    • Tracy
      September 9, 2013

      At least I’d have nicely painted toe nails and clean underwear on…#priorities

  • September 9, 2013

    Looks fantastic! Totally one of those salads I could eat every day and never grow tired of it.

    • Tracy
      September 9, 2013

      I haven’t yet and it’s been over a month! ;)

  • September 9, 2013

    I need a gigantic everything salad like this waiting in my refrigerator! I love the idea of premaking salads for an entire week, so you can just grab and go. Cram in those vegetables! :)

  • September 9, 2013

    love this salad and prepping them out the week before! brilliant – even for someone who works from home, this would be so helpful for me and would totes cut back on my calorie intake!

  • Thanks for the inspiration – I’m in need of a reset. Some people prepare for bikini season, but I’m preparing for my fall birthday and turning 30.

  • September 9, 2013

    It’s crazy, but I’ve never thought to pre make little salads for the week! That’s kinda genius! I will definitely have to pick up that tip! And the dressing too!

  • September 9, 2013

    I made 5 salads every Sunday for lunch too! It really makes eating healthy during the week so much easier because you just grab and go and the temptations from the outside world are removed!

  • September 9, 2013

    I’ve recently started doing this again myself! On the menu this week is beetroot, asparagus (springtime just arrived in Australia), butter bean, walnut and feta salad.
    This is going on the menu for next week though – I’ll stock up at the farmers market on the weekend. Thanks for the lunchbox love :)

  • September 9, 2013

    Possibly a silly question, but do you just grate the beets raw? Or cook them first or what? I am pretty mystified by beets in general.

    • Tracy
      September 9, 2013

      Grate them raw!!

  • September 9, 2013

    I wish I was eating this salad every day for lunch!!I need a major reset- and this looks perfect. When does the cleanse start?

    • Tracy
      September 9, 2013

      I finished last week! But I’m still eating super healthy.

  • September 9, 2013

    Definitely going to do this for lunch next week. In need of a reset!

  • Greg
    September 9, 2013

    I pack my lunches for work and do all of the prep on Saturday or Sunday, after grocery shopping. I clean all the fruit and veggies and break down the larger veggies (celery, broccoli, cauliflower…). Then I bag portions. I can pack my lunch each morning in about 60 seconds. This salad will be a great change of pace for my lunches.

  • September 9, 2013

    Nice. I miss wholefoods, we need one in Aus. I do not understand why we don’t have one here. oh & boiled eggs, duh! That’s why mine was always $$. Loving this salad inspiration, thanks!
    Heidi xo

  • September 9, 2013

    Looks like a salad with staying power – love the shredded beets! I can’t get enough these days!

  • September 9, 2013

    I wanna try some of the beets I bought shredded up like this! So into it!

  • September 10, 2013

    My husband made fun of me for a good hour after I put a whole hard-boiled egg in my salad at the WF salad bar. I think that egg cost about $3. Also, agreed about the 1/2-pound cucumber slices!

    • Tracy
      September 10, 2013

      YES. Those eggs weigh a ton. But I’m kinda weird about hard-boiled eggs in general so I never buy them. womp womb

  • Love salads all day long, this looks great :)

  • Reynaul
    September 10, 2013

    Great looking salad! I too love stacked tupperware and an organized fridge!

  • September 10, 2013

    I made a variation of this salad today and it was great. I loved the quinoa in it! Thanks for the tips and recipe.

  • Tracy
    September 10, 2013

    I love this..I am usually not EVER a prepared deli salad kind of girl except for Whole Foods. Every few weeks I go and build the most amazing lunch–starting with mixed greens, kalamatas, feta, carrots and tomato, but then I LOVE a little bit of everything around the bowl–their perfect protein salad, a little tabbouleh, a pinch of the sesame noodle salad, and a bit of the cold broccoli salad. It truly is beautiful to look at, wonderful to eat, but costs about $12…YIKES! Maybe I could smuggle in this base salad and just get a little of the extras…ha!

  • September 11, 2013

    Beauteous! And now I know why my Whole Food’s salads always cost so much!

  • Maria B
    September 11, 2013

    Ok, I am eating this salad as we speak and I must say, wow, it is delicious!! I’m so happy I saw this on pinterest, because I’ve been trying to find a new healthy salad to try. Absolutely delish!

  • September 11, 2013

    This looks so good! I love arugula too – can’t get enough of it’s peppery goodness. Making lunches ahead of time is such a smart thing to do.

  • Maggie
    September 11, 2013

    Made this tonight- so simple yet so good. LOVED! Thanks Tracy!

  • September 12, 2013

    This salad looks great! Does the salad stay fresh if you make it ahead of time? I feel like my problem with trying to make things ahead of time is that sometimes they get soggy.

    • Tracy
      September 12, 2013

      I had them all week and they weren’t the least bit soggy!

      • September 12, 2013

        Thanks! Good to know, I will try making them for the whole week. Great to grab and go in the morning.

      • Susan
        September 16, 2013

        You put the salad together and dress it as well? Sorry. I need a lot of hand holding. When you say it doesn’t get soggy, that’s including the dressing? (old and slow)

        • Tracy
          September 16, 2013

          I put the dressing in a little container and dress it RIGHT before I eat it. It would be soggy if you dressed it ahead of time. Hope that helps!

  • September 13, 2013

    Tracy, beside being healthy that salad looks amazing – all those vibrant colors! I would love have that for lunch – what a lovely idea to take to work.

  • Lisa
    September 16, 2013

    I just bought the rest of the things to preprep this salad. Can you eat the beet greens or put in smoothie? Love this pretty salad!

    • Tracy
      September 16, 2013

      Yes you can!

  • September 25, 2013

    I so need this in my life! I keep reaching for the wrong things to snack on, and it leaves me in a spiral of unsatisfied future snacking, when real food would feel so much more wholly satisfying. I’m into it!

  • March 29, 2014

    I love this!!! I’m addicted to a Roasted Butternut Squash salad at Trader Joes that’s made with arugula and quinoa. I’ve though about trying it at home, but you’ve inspired me to just do it dang it!! I’m buying tupperwares too to have many days of salad waiting for me:) Thanks!!

    xoxo
    Lisa

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