Get Your Greens Salad

By Maria Lichty

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Get Your Greens Salad-this salad is loaded with all things green! It is great for a healthy lunch or dinner! 

Get Your Greens Salad Recipe

If you made resolutions, how are they going? Still going strong? If you need a recharge or reminder to eat your greens, we have the salad for you today! This Get Your Greens Salad is loaded with all things green and super duper healthy! It has all of my favorite green ingredients: spinach, kale, broccoli, edamame, avocado, pistachios, and cucumber! I also like to top it with a simple Creamy Avocado Dressing for extra green power. You can use whatever dressing you like though. It is a great salad to have for lunch or dinner. It will leave you feeling full, healthy, and happy! And you might even turn into the Hulk, that is what we keep telling Caleb:) He will devour his greens if he thinks he is going to turn into a super hero. Sometimes little lies are worth telling:)

Get Your Greens Salad Recipe

Now, that we have the green salad out of the way, let’s really talk about resolutions, goals, and 2015. I sat down at the beginning of the new year, like most of you, and wrote down some goals for myself, our family, and the blog. Nothing too major, but some good goals for the year. I was feeling confident and ready to take on 2015, but now I am just not feeling it. I honestly don’t know what my problem is because I have always been a goal setter, planner, and motivated person. I am in a major funk.

But maybe it’s not a funk? The more I think about my goals and the year, the more I am ok with NOT having goals. Sure, I will still tackle my daily to do lists, exercise, eat my veggies, etc. but I guess I don’t want anything new on my plate. My plate is already plenty full. I would have to get a bigger plate if I added anything new to my year and I don’t want a bigger plate. I want a small, cute, and pretty plate!

2015 is going to be a crazy year for us (we will share more later) and I just want to be content. I don’t want to feel any additional pressure or stress to be better or to achieve any grand goals. I am not saying I don’t want to work hard or be a good person, I do, but I just want to BE. I just want to be happy with who I am, right now, in THIS moment. I want to enjoy being a mom, a wife, a friend, a sister, a neighbor, a blogger. I have a good life and I want to live it! I don’t want to always be hoping, wishing, and searching for more, because what I have right now is GOOD!

I want to be ok with skipping a workout, laundry piles, an unmade bed, unread emails, and popcorn for dinner. I want peace of mind and to feel like I am enough…without accomplishing any new goals. I want to relax and enjoy this year, just the way things are. Good, bad, or ugly…I just want to be content no matter what is going on.

I hope this post doesn’t come across as negative or an anti-resolutions post, because that is not the intention. I am all for people making great changes and accomplishing goals. So if you are working on something grand this year, good for you! I am here to support you! 100%!! I just need a year to BE. I need a year with no big goals…and if grand things happen, it will just be a nice surprise and icing on the cake! But for now, I am giving myself a break. I am going to be happy with who I am and my life as it is. No changes necessary!

And if you made a resolution to eat healthier in 2015, make this Get Your Greens Salad. See, I am happy to help you achieve your goals…I am just not making any this year:) I am just going to enjoy this salad because it is green and SO good!

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Get Your Greens Salad

This healthy salad is loaded with all things green! It is one of my favorite lunches! You dress the salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing or your favorite salad dressing!
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For the Salad:

  • 4 cups packed spinach baby kale, or a mix
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli florets cut into small, bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup shelled and cooked edamame
  • 1 medium cucumber sliced
  • 1 large avocado sliced

For the Creamy Avocado Dressing:


  • In a large bowl, combine spinach/kale, pistachios, broccoli, edamame, cucumber, and avocado. Drizzle salad with your choice of dressing. If you want to go green all the way, sever with Creamy Avocado Dressing. Recipe is below.
  • For the Creamy Avocado Dressing, in a blender, add the minced garlic, avocado, lemon juice, and olive oil. Process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides a few times. If the dressing is too thick, you can add a little water until you reach the your desired consistency. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Serve with salad! The dressing will keep in the fridge for about a week.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. What a refreshing post! Goals are good but I think we should all be happy with ourselves and enjoy what we have without constantly wanting to do/be more!

  2. Love this post and this vibrant, green salad! Maybe if I tell my hubs that he will turn into the hulk, he’ll eat his greens too! 😉

  3. What a great post for getting those greens in! I want to make that avocado dressing – looks so creamy and good!

  4. I need to add more greens into my new year’s resolution. This salad mixed in would be a good start.

  5. What an awesome salad! So quick to prep and it could even stay in the fridge for a few days! Have a great week!

  6. This is one of my favorite posts of yours. It was like driving in a car with a girlfriend. Yea to just being happy with what we have and who we are! The beautiful salad was a nice bonus! You go girl!

  7. Goals are definitely important but they shouldn’t discourage people from enjoying life. Thanks for sharing this delicious salad!

  8. Thank you for the refreshing perspective! Absolute value in both approaches, and I can relate with yours this year 🙂 So appreciate all the work you put into this blog!!

  9. Love this power salad, Maria! Pistachios, avocado dressing?! YES!
    I love this post. We all need to give ourselves a pat on the back for all the things we do each day. Take care!

  10. This was so refreshing to read. It’s hard not to feel the pressure to set new goals every new year. While I always have goals that I “roll over” from year-t0-year, some years, I feel like I HAVE to add new ones. Says who?! I’m learning (finally) Life isn’t one-size-fits-all and that everyone has things that work/don’t work for them. I’m turning 40 this year (yikes!) and as I get older, I want to keep learning how to be comfortable and content in the moment, to stop worrying so much about what other people think (and stop worrying so much in general) and that I need to do what works for me–for my health, my faith, my relationships and my overall life. Going forward, I’m trying to simplify my life so that I can focus on the people and activities that matter the most to me.

  11. I love this beautiful salad, Maria! Pinned!

    I also agree 100% — I want to appreciate what I have now, in the moment, and not worry about doing more or being more. 🙂 Such a good message!

  12. Good for you! From what I see on the blog, you work your butt off! You deserve to be content! 🙂 This salad looks so delicious 🙂

  13. Just YES! I said the same thing to someone the other day. Sometimes you’re just happy with your plate, so why not just enjoy it??? And this salad- major yum! I need to try the avocado dressing asap

  14. Maria, one of my favorite posts of yours. I totally agree, if we’re happy… why not enjoy maintaining and doing the things we love? That’s not to say there will be progression, but I do think there is something to be said with being happy and fulfilled in what we have.

    I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings you and your family. 🙂

  15. What a healthy and nutrition filled salad.. I have to make the recipe, I love salads like this for dinner! Loving that creamy avocado dressing especially.

  16. Great sentiment, and I feel the same way! Around the new year there is so much pressure to set resolutions and goals, and I like to just feel that I’m loving my life the way it is. Trying to be a stronger, healthier, better person is a year round goal, not just at the new year. I don’t feel the need to get stressed about resolutions. It’s all about being grateful for what you have and living in the moment which I feel is the key to happiness. Love this!

  17. Congratulations on your goal just to BE! I think it is too easy these days to get caught up on all the things we are “supposed” to be doing. Constantly striving for that next big thing…….I think we are missing things about our wonderful lives by going for that next goal. I think Goals are absolutely important. But I think there are definite times that we need to be content on enjoying we are ARE. ENJOY!!

  18. Man, oh man – this salad looks so fabulous! There is nothing better than pistachios; I am so going to make this soon!

  19. Thank you so much for posting this, i needed the words.
    I came across your blogg today and will follow you from now on.
    We have a busy year too with a lot of changes.
    It helped me, Thanks for that.

    A question, do you boil the broccoli first?