Hierloom Garden Salad

Did you know that I used to actively dislike salads? Mainly because I could never make eating a salad look normal. You know the feeling. When your trying to stuff a huge piece of lettuce into your mouth and it ends up half in, half out, and it’s becomes this weird, awkward game. (Tip of the day, my friends: for goodness sake, just chop the darn salad up yourself.)


I have since gotten over my fear of salad (obviously), but I still tend to be pretty selective about what I put in them. Corn, tomatoes and avocado are my jam. On the other hand, unless kale is in a smoothie or juice, I usually don’t bother.

It’s okay to be selective! It’s up to you to figure out what you like and don’t like in your salads. You should never hate what you eat, or force something into your mouth because it has been deemed healthy! Play around with ingredients a bit – salads are literally one of the easiest things to make in the world because you are actually just tossing stuff together in a bowl.

So today I am sharing a salad “recipe,” but as with majority of my recipes, this one is more of a guideline. Enjoy!

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Hierloom Garden Salad

Serves 3-4

2 large handfuls Spinach

1/4 cup Micro-greens

1 Cucumber, diced

1/2 Yellow bell pepper, diced

1 Avocado, diced

1/4 Onion (small), thinly sliced

1 handful of Hierloom cherry tomatoes

6 ounces Cheddar cheese, cubed

Toss with:

2 tbsp Olive oil

1 tbsp Balsamic vinegar

Salt & Pepper, to taste

Serve with a side of cottage cheese. And if you are in the mood for something sweet after your meal like I was, try a bowl of fresh mixed berries for dessert Рso delicious!





  1. Suzi Gillmore

    Hi Zoe, I was so excited to see your Facebook notification come through. I don’t usually do Facebook but I did open your post and thought you are really the one I should be talking to. My doctor put me on a vegan diet a couple of weeks ago, and I am going through a lot of information trying to be sure I get the nutrition I need. I was excited to see your recipes to see if i can adapt them to what I can eat. I can easily live without meat, but the no dairy eggs milk thing is more difficult, although I’m drinking/cooking with an Almond/Cashew protein milk that is pretty good. Just wanted to let you know you are very inspiring and hope you do well. Love, Grandma Suzi

    1. zoelauryn

      Grandma Suzi! Thank you so much! I’m so glad to hear you’re doing what you need to do and reading up on the vegan diet as much as you can! That’s great! No dairy & eggs definitely makes things tough. It is nice that they offer a lot of variety now though in terms of almond, cashew & coconut milk. I have had plenty of clients swap out regular milk with one of those options for many of my recipes. Keep me in the loop on what you try and how they go! Sending lots of love your way.

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