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Chop salad bowl with cilantro lime vinaigrette

Chop Salad Bowl (Wildflower Bread Salad Copycat)

Summer Yule
This chop salad bowl is a copycat of the wildflower salad at Wildflower Bread! Enjoy it as a side dish or a post-vacation veggie reboot!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 348 kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces butter lettuce, hand torn into tiny pieces (284 grams)
  • 12 ounces cherry tomatoes, cut into ⅛s (340 grams)
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 2 cups jicama, peeled and chopped
  • 2 red peppers, chopped (about 2½ cups of peppers)
  • ¼ cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 scallions, sliced
  • ½ cup shelled and toasted sunflower seeds
  • 15.5 ounces canned chickpeas, drained (439 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon dried culinary lavender

For the cilantro-lime vinaigrette:

  • 6 tablespoons lime juice, fresh squeezed
  • ½ jalapeno, chopped (seeded if you want less heat)
  • cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon lime zest
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Put all of your "for the cilantro-lime vinaigrette" ingredients in a food processor. Blend well and set aside.
  • Chop all of your salad veggies small. I like to use a knife for more uniform pieces, but a salad chopper will make this a faster job.
  • Divide your salad veggies evenly between four serving bowls. (Alternatively, throw everything in one big serving bowl if this will be used as a side salad to serve with a family dinner.)
  • Dress your salad with the cilantro-lime vinaigrette right before serving. Give the salad a good stir so you get a mix of dressed veggies in every bite!

Notes


This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). This is essentially a huge bowl of (primarily) non-starchy veggies topped with a light lime vinaigrette. It's incredibly high in volume while being low in calories. Volume eaters with a fat loss goal might dig this chop salad bowl. So much food! However, as I discussed in the article above, it's low in protein.
If you are using this as a full meal versus a post-vacation reset, consider adding more protein. Double up on the chickpeas in the recipe, add other legumes, or perhaps some grilled chicken. You may also want to use a little more oil in the dressing if you have higher energy needs.
This likely comes as no surprise, but bread is often included with the Wildflower Bread salads. Another way you could add more energy (i.e., calories) to the meal is to add some bread. There are essential amino acids and essential fatty acids but no essential carbohydrates. I don't consider grains to be a requirement for a balanced meal, but that doesn't mean everyone should exclude them either.
 
Nutrition information is for one serving of the recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 348kcalCarbohydrates: 43gProtein: 11.9gFat: 16.2gSaturated Fat: 1.9gSodium: 190.6mgPotassium: 893.3mgFiber: 13.6gVitamin A: 272% DVVitamin C: 228.9% DVCalcium: 11% DVIron: 18.2% DV
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