AIP, Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Smoked Whitefish Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette over Frisee

When it’s hot outside, salads and easy-to-prepare meals might be just what your body is craving.

But often, cold meals neglect an important aspect in meal planning that satiates and keeps your blood sugar even (helping you to feel great and free to engage in the day’s activities).

When asked what is a fast protein that is neither eggs or canned tuna and does not require cooking, I say right way, “Smoked fish!”  Delicious and easy.  Remember to stock it in your fridge (look for wild-caught fish without preservatives or sugar).  I found this Blue Hill Bay’s Smoked Whitefish at Whole Foods and it went deliciously over a plate of frisee with sliced oranges and carrots.

Here is a super quick recipe that offers healthy protein, and requires no cooking:

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Smoked Whitefish Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette over Frisee:

Serves 1

INGREDIENTS:

4 ounces of smoked whitefish (or any smoked fish that you like)

1 bunch of frisee lettuce (or your lettuce of choice)

1/2 fresh orange, thinly sliced

1/2 cup peeled and chopped carrots (I used rainbow carrots)

Fresh cilantro to garnish

1/4 cup olive or avocado oil

2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar

1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1/2 tsp. sea salt

Black or white pepper to taste (omit pepper if you are adhering to the Autoimmune Protocol).

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a large bowl, whisk your olive (or avocado) oil, balsamic vinegar, fresh lemon juice and sea salt.

Roughly chop your frisee and add to your bowl of vinaigrette.

Toss your carrots and smoked whitefish (remove skin and bones, if it has any) in your salad and then pour it all on your serving plate.

Arrange the orange slices on your salad and garnish with fresh cilantro.

And that is it!  You can add all sorts of veggies and healthy fats to this meal, such as sliced radish, chopped celery, cherry tomatoes, avocado or nuts and seeds.  Customize it to make it a salad that you look forward to quickly putting together on a hot day that begs no cooking.

Hope you enjoy this AIP, Paleo and Whole30 meal idea!

Paleo, Whole30 Recipe: Chinese Chicken Salad with Ginger Sesame Vinaigrette

Summer is here and it’s time to enjoy beautiful and nutritious salads!  Here is a Paleo, Whole30 recipe that you can make in advance and pack with you wherever you go because this salad is sturdy, and really fantastic!

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Chinese Chicken Salad with Ginger Sesame Vinaigrette:

Serves 2-3

SALAD:

2 boneless chicken breasts, cooked, cooled and diced

1 mandarin orange, peeled (a quick option is to use canned mandarin oranges, look for them without added sugar)

1 head of romaine lettuce, chopped

1/3 head of purple cabbage, chopped

1/3 head of green cabbage, chopped

1 red pepper, sliced and chopped (omit to keep this recipe AIP, use a peeled and chopped carrot instead)

4 radishes, sliced in thin strips

Handful of fresh cilantro

1 scallion, minced

VINAIGRETTE:

4 Tbs. olive or avocado oil

2 Tbs. sesame oil (omit to keep this recipe AIP)

1 Tbs. tomato paste (omit to keep this recipe AIP, use a whole carrot instead)

2 Tbs. coconut aminos

2 Tbs. apple cider vinegar

1″ piece of peeled, fresh ginger

1 tsp. sea salt

Black or white pepper to taste (omit to keep this recipe AIP)

Sprouted nuts or seeds of choice to top on salad (omit to keep this recipe AIP)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Add all of your salad ingredients to a large mixing bowl (It doesn’t matter what order everything gets added to the bowl.  Just get it all in there).

Toss everything with salad spoons or a baker’s spatula.

Divide evening between 2-3 containers.  This is a big salad so use big containers (it will make tossing the vinaigrette much easier).

If you are not taking this salad to-go, simple leave it in the bowl.

Add all vinaigrette ingredients to a blender and blend on medium-high until the ginger has been completely liquefied.  It will be creamy.

Store vinaigrette in 2-3 small containers until ready to add to your salad (or store in one jar if you are not dividing the salad into lunches).

Sprinkle your salad with a tablespoon of sprouted nuts or seeds.

Enjoy!

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