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Building a Salad

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I started building this salad with a small piece of steak that was left over, not enough for a meal but perfect for a salad. I used the rest of the ingredients from the refrigerator--some greens from a salad bag, a beet I roasted, a piece of a carrot, half a yellow bell pepper, a bit of a cucumber and a few tablespoons of quinoa pilaf. Of course, the possibilities are endless to be added and fabulous way to reinvent leftovers. While sometimes I like an entire greens salad, or one from heirloom tomatoes, I love these salads made of many parts, so flavorful. I added a raspberry vinaigrette but you add your favorite dressing.

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Building a Salad


1 cup greens of choice

1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped

1 small carrot chopped

Piece of cucumber, peeled and chunked

6-8 cherry tomatoes whole or halved

1/4 pound steak, sliced thinly

1/3 cup quinoa, cooked

1 beet, peeled, sliced and roasted

Salad dressing of choice


  1. In a large bowl, line the bottom with greens, then add the bell pepper, carrot, cucumber and cherry tomatoes. Add the steak and quinoa. Toss together.

  2. Add the beet slices only before you are ready to serve. Toss with salad dressing and serve.


expandthetable suggestions

Vegan: Omit meat and add other veggies of choice.

Vegetarian: Add hard boiled egg, sliced

Other meat: Add other cooked meats, such as chicken or turkey, in place of beef

Roasted vegetables: Try cubing and roasting acorn or butternut squash.

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