Why is it Healthy?
This Grilled Pork and Blueberry Salad is a perfect example of how I eat on a regular basis! Fresh salads are always my go-to for a yummy, simple, and healthy meal. Plus, this sweet and savory combination tastes amazing! If you’ve never tried fresh fruit in your salad… you don’t know what you’re missing! Here’s what makes it so healthy:
When preparing a salad, protein is necessary if you are making it a meal! Leftover protein works amazing because it makes preparing salads incredibly easy. (I recommend even intentionally cooking extra for meals the next day!) I often add broiled salmon, roasted chicken, or grilled pork chops to my meals because I have them leftover from previous nights of cooking.
2. Healthy Fats
It’s super important to get healthy fats in your salad along with a decent amount of protein and a ton of veggies. If you don’t add the healthy fats (like avocado, olives, nuts and seeds, or olive oil), you won’t be satisfied with your meal or stay full for very long. Fat is the key in satiation and satiety, and it is also necessary in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins found in your veggies.
3. Dried Fruit vs. Fresh Fruit
I love adding fresh fruits to my salads because they add another dimension of flavor. But, when choosing your fruit, it is always important to remember that you are adding sugar to you salad. Therefore, I would generally recommend adding fresh fruit, not dried fruit. Dried fruit has a much higher sugar content and can also have less nutrients than the whole fruit.
Grilled Pork and Blueberry SaladPrint This
- Fresh, organic blueberries (I like the small wild ones if you can get them!)
- 1 pork chop, diced (this was a leftover pork chop in my fridge that was sprinkled with smoked sea salt, then grilled)
- 1/2 avocado, diced
- Salad veggies (freshly shredded carrot, scallions, organic cucumbers, etc.)
- Organic leafy greens (I tend to buy a spring mix with herbs most of the time because the herbs really bring the fresh test full circle for me!)
- Olive oil and apple cider vinegar or any dressing of your choice - I find a simple dressing of extra virgin olive oil (lemon infused ones are great!) and apple cider vinegar taste wonderful on this salad.
- Prepare your ingredients, then assemble your salad.