You probably have more “no recipe recipes” than you realize— like your morning smoothie, breakfast for dinner eggs— all the things you just throw together or cook on autopilot. The recipes that are inescapably yours.
Summer is a great time for “no recipe recipes.” Especially no recipe salads. Like this Crunchy Green Salad with Grilled Shrimp. It’s simple and uncomplicated.
1. Just put a few handfuls of your favorite salad greens on a plate; I’m loving fresh, local baby butter lettuce right now. Dress your greens with a little drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkling of flaky sea salt, some fresh cracked pepper, a little garlic powder, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
2. Then layer on the veggies— crunchy fresh cucumbers, a beautifully ripe avocado, and a scattering of micro greens.
3. Top the salad with your protein of choice. I picked up some grilled shrimp from the grocery store, no cooking required. Not a fan of shrimp? There are so many other options. Shred up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, bake some salmon, grill a nice juicy steak, or just make some jammy boiled eggs. Any of these will be fantastic.
4. Finish it all off with your favorite dressing. I recommend my Homemade Ranch Dressing. No bottle of store-bought dressing compares.
A tall glass of Sparkling Lemonade will pair well with your salad and cool you off from this crazy summer heat.
Homemade Ranch Dressing
- 50 grams (1/4 cup) coconut milk yogurt
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 large shallot
- 1/4- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4-1/2 tsp cracked pink pepper
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp dried chives
- 45 grams (3 Tbsp) avocado oil
- Put all of the ingredients, except for the avocado oil, in a blender cup. Using an immersion blender, blend until well mixed.
- Add the avocado oil and blend for 20-30 seconds, until the oil is completely mixed in.
- Pour the dressing on your salad and enjoy.
- Store in a mason jar in the refrigerator. The dressing will thicken up quite a bit after being refrigerated. You can thin it out with a bit of water.
I prefer to use an immersion blender to make this dressing; my standard blender has a hard time blending up this small of an amount of mixture. If you use a standard blender you may want to double the recipe.