I have a love-hate relationship with salads. Do I always want to choose a salad at lunch or dinner? No. Do I usually end up enjoying them? Yes.
And I especially enjoy them when they have a lot of extra crunch and both sweet and savory flavors all mixed in, like this honey-roasted almond and honey crisp apple salad. Whenever I whip this recipe up for lunch, I’m always satisfied afterward. In fact, because of the combo flavor palette I even look forward to it!
But am I the only one who sort of feels FOMO or maybe even regret when opting for a salad? Whether it’s ordering while out to eat or concocting a meal at home.
Yes, there are times when I know I’m definitely NOT having a salad because I showed up for pizza or a burger or wings. But then there are other times when I’m in a “let’s eat healthier” type of mood and I know that I’ll feel my best after the meal if I choose a salad. But still, I think, “I know I’ll feel the best if I eat a salad, but it’s not necessarily my number-one choice and so many other options sound waaaay better right now.”
Yes, these are the inner musings of a hungry runner deciding what to eat. And I kind of hate how whiney this discussion sounds, because like, just pick something to eat already! Right? But if I’m being honest, then yes, I still think about these things when making food choices. In other words, it’s not always easy to make the healthiest choice, and it’s 100% OK when we don’t hit the mark 100% of the time.
In fact, it’s more than OK, because we can’t be perfect, and enjoying ALL of the foods we love is just as important as fueling our bodies with the healthiest, most wholesome foods.
And just to clarify, I’m not saying that salad is always the healthiest option. All other kinds of dishes can be just as nutritious. I’m just saying that in my experience, salad tends to be the option that leaves me feeling more energized and less “bogged down” or overly full after eating, so that my body and mind generally feel better overall.
Anyway, now that I’ve jumped down a rabbit hole of ranting about salads and eating healthy, I’ll bring it back to the main attraction of this post, the honey-roasted almond and honey crisp apple salad recipe you came here for.
To put it simply, I don’t always eat salads, but when I do, this one hits the spot and totally satisfies all my hungry runner cravings every damn time.
P.S. If you’re wondering: Pictured here, I paired this salad with an avocado and “Everything But the Bagel” seasoning topped rice cake. The seasoning is from Trader Joe’s!
Honey-Roasted Almond and Honey Crisp Apple Salad Recipe
2/3 cup iceberg lettuce, chopped
1/2 large honey crisp apple, chopped
1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Honey-Roasted Almond Slivers
1/3 cup chick peas, drained and rinsed (sometimes I use grilled chicken as a protein in this salad instead of chick peas)
3 tablespoons feta cheese (or more if you love feta, like me)
2 tablespoons Annie’s Lite Honey Mustard Vinaigrette dressing
Toss all ingredients together and serve. Recipe serves 1.
Do you ever struggle with what to make or order, knowing that a salad would be the more nutritious option but not wanting to miss out on something you might enjoy a little more? Let me know in the comments 🙂