This post is part of the Healthbuzz December series, Holiday Health, by Foodbuzz.

Although you may be tempted to skip lunch the day of a holiday party, so that you can fully enjoy yourself, it’s the last thing you want to do. I like to have a “lighter” lunch but one that is very filling and full of vegetables, since they are often lacking at parties. This allows me to enjoy myself at the party, and indulge in a glass of egg nog or two, ;) all knowing that the first two meals of my day were great ones.

Extra Veggie Salad - 2 servings – inspired by the Kind Diet

  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, torn
  • 2 cups spinach ribbons
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup cucumber, sliced
  • green onion
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • chicken breast, beans or tofu
  • 2 Tbsp toasted walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp olives, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp flax oil (or olive oil)
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • few drops of truffle oil

Clean, chop and assemble all veggies and toppings.

Whisk together lemon juice, flax and truffle oil, salt & pepper.

Drizzle dressing over salad and toss.

This salad provides about 5 servings of vegetables, good fats and vitamins, fiber from avocado and nuts, protein from chicken, beans or tofu, omega-3 fatty acids (the good fat!) from flax oil and luxurious flavor from the truffle oil. It’s perfectly balanced and equally as delicious.

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