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Easy (Non-Green) Salads

Getting our fruits and veggies is SO important for so many reasons. I don’t know about you but I am not a fan of boring piles of greens on a plate. I like really bright, unique combos — lots of crunch, a bit of acid and tons of flavor.

As a general rule, my salads pretty much always consist of at least one veggie, usually a fruit, an herb/spice, a crunchy element, and some type of oil and/or vinegar. I like to try new combos and see what I can come up with.

I’ve listed some of my all-time favorite non-traditional salad recipes that all take only about 5 minutes to make and are super fresh, healthy and tasty! (All you do is chop stuff up and mix it all together in a bowl!)

Blood Orange & Avocado Salad

  • 1 avocado (sliced)
  • 1 blood orange
  • 1/4 cup toasted pistachios
  • 1/4 cup shaved fennel bulb
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sherry vinegar
  • salt and pepper

Cucumber & Feta Salad

  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 4 oz. feta, crumbled
  • One-half purple onion (sliced lengthwise as thinly as possible)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Roasted Pepper & Balsamic Salad

  • 1.5 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 2 roasted red peppers (you can also roast fresh ones on the stove)
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil (julienned)

Heirloom Tomato Salad

  • 2 ears sweet corn
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 heirloom tomatoes, cut in chunks
  • 2 avocados, pitted, peeled, and sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Vegan Bikini Competitor Samantha Shorkey


Samantha Shorkey is, in a word, AWESOME! She is a strict vegan who won 1st place in her first ever bikini competition in Canada. She also runs a blog called The Vegan Project (theveganproject.ca) where she blogs about her competition experience, shares recipes, tells very funny stories, etc. Samantha has also released an e-book especially for aspiring vegan competitors called “Plant Based Fuel for Vegan Athletes.” It’s only $15 and worth every penny. Her recipes taste great, they’re simple and they also have really well-balanced macros ideal for a pre-comp diet. In the e-book, she also includes a sample meal plan she used about 10 weeks out during her prep for her first bikini competition.

She is awesome and is totally my new girl crush. I am really inspired by her because she seems super genuine, has a kick ass body and she is a crazy cat lady just like I am. She is doing exactly what I would love to be doing so I have even reached out to her on Facebook for advice. I just have to say she seems like one of the sweetest people ever!

Check her out on Facebook, especially if you’re a vegan looking to get into great shape! https://www.facebook.com/JackedontheBeanstalk


Raw Vegan Fitness Model, Erin Moubray

I recently found an awesome female fitness model who is not only vegan, but also eats a completely raw diet. How does she do it??

Erin Moubray says she follows the 80/10/10 diet which consists of 80% carbohydrates, 10% fats and 10% proteins. Hmm, that’s quite a change from the standard bodybuilder diet!

The diet requires her to eat a LOT of fruits and vegetables. For example, one this diet one can eat 4 pounds of melon for breakfast alone! I love fruit but I am not sure I could handle all that. She looks great though and it gives me hope that a non-traditional meathead diet can work for me too. She says she eats about 2000-2500 calories or more a day. That’s a lot of produce!

Here is a link to an interview she did for loving-it-raw.com: