Whole foods inspired layered salad with orange ginger dressing — oh she glows

Remember this fun layered salad I had from Whole Foods while in Arizona?

I believe I said, “Mark my words, this will be the first thing I make when I’m on Canadian soil.”

Ok, so it wasn’t technically the first thing I made (not even close if you could see all the recipe testing I’ve been doing), but at least I remembered to make it at all. Banana bread with cake mix and pudding Miracles do happen.

With a salad this simple, it really wasn’t difficult to recreate at home. Banana bread recipes healthy The most difficult part was judging how much of each vegetable/grain I would need and then figuring out how many mason jars and servings it would make. Banana bread recipe with cake mix There are a lot of scribbles in my notebook!

The first thing I did was test out my own version of the Oil-Free Orange Ginger Dressing.


After a few trials, I was happy with the dressing, keeping in mind how light and simple the Whole Foods dressing was. Banana bread recipe with yellow cake mix This isn’t a thick or hearty dressing, but simply a light accent to highlight the flavours in the salad. Egg free banana bread recipe I also added in fresh lime juice to give it a fun twist! Love that kick of lime.

Now, moving onto the salad. Banana bread buttermilk I decided to do without the barley in the salad, because I really didn’t want to cook 3 grains on the stove top. Banana bread recipe gluten free Two is plenty for this salad! While I cooked the quinoa and wheatberries on the stovetop, I chopped the vegetables. Bananabread recipes Oh and I did without the tomatoes because out of season tomatoes are just tragic, aren’t they?

After everything was ready, I started layering, while looking at the original Whole Foods salad as I went. Banana bread recipe food network I made four 500-ml mason jars worth, with some grains leftover. Banana bread recipe allrecipes The salad will last for about 5 days in the fridge, so this works perfectly for easy lunches to make ahead of time. Banana bread crumble I’ve also included the exact measurements in the directions, if you’d like to replicate the mason jar layering.

Or, if you aren’t into layering, just dump it into a big bowl or container and mix it up! This is actually what I ended up doing because I brought the salad for a family get together on the weekend. Banana bread crumb cake Or you could layer it, I’m sure, in a large glass bowl too. Banana bread recipe without butter The salad turned out incredibly fresh, light, and just like the one I remember devouring from Whole Foods.

• In a medium-sized pot, add quinoa and 1.5 cups water. Banana bread recipe coconut oil Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer, until fluffy, about 15-20 minutes, watching closely so it doesn’t burn. Banana bread streusel Do the same for the wheatberries, in another pot, but add 2 cups of water and cook until tender and chewy, likely cooking for about 5 mins longer than the quinoa.

• Meanwhile, chop the vegetables. Banana bread recipe with coconut oil In a bowl or jar, whisk together the dressing ingredients and set aside.

• When the grains have cooked, grab your 500-ml mason jars (if layering), and add into each: 1/2 cup wheatberries, 1/4 cup green pepper, 1/4 cup red pepper, 1/2 cup quinoa, 1/4 cup carrots, 2 tbsp parsley, and 1/4 cup edamame per mason jar. Crumb topping for banana bread You may have to push it down a bit. Banana bread with crumb topping Repeat as necessary. Flours banana bread recipe Makes enough for 4 mason jars, with a bit leftover. Banana bread recipe coconut flour Alternatively, you can just mix the salad together into a big bowl along with the dressing. Banana bread made with buttermilk Will keep in the fridge for 5-6 days.

Mark my words, this is one healthy salad that will keep you going all week long. Banana bread with streusel topping Just don’t forget to have a piece of cookie dough fudge for dessert.

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This is such a gorgeous salad! I’ve had the idea of a mason jar salad “pinned” for weeks. Cinnamon crumb banana bread This just inspired me to execute and make my own!

I can’t wait for tomato season – I too a risk and bought some last week and was horribly disappointed. Banana bread recipe martha stewart 🙁

Sweet 🙂 As a student I always struggle with making salads because I need something portable and that can be made for the whole week. Banana bread recipe no butter It’s awesome because you can make it on the weekend and just grab a jar in the morning. Banana bread recipe with coconut flour This is so inspirationally health 🙂

oh I love this idea! I’ve also seen putting the dressing in first on the bottom and any leafy greens up top so they don’t get soggy, and that makes the entire salad, dressing and all easily portable!

It looks JUST like the whole foods salad! So nice to be able to make such a simple dish at home without spending the grocery store markup! LOVE this for office lunches :). Flour banana bread recipe I made your not so tuna salad last night for lunch today…can’t wait to dive into that!

I’ve been thinking about the original Whole Foods version since you posted it! This looks so fresh and vibrant- and I don’t really need to go to WF to buy salad. Banana bread pudding paula deen 😀

This looks absolutely delicious! I’ve been looking for good, easy vegan lunch ideas and I think I’ve just found my lunch for all of next week!! Is this a complete protein with the edemame along with the wheat berries and quinoa? This is such a great recipe that would be very easy to switch up! Can’t wait to try it!

Good call, I forgot about that for quinoa. Martha stewart banana bread recipe I’m not sure about edamame, but seriously what a great recipe for protein. Banana bread cooking light That has been my biggest struggle with eating more vegan. Ingredients for banana nut bread I think I’ll have to start supplementing with a protein powder. Paleo banana bread recipe with coconut flour Do you like rice protein the best? I was looking at your last minute protein energy bars and I am thinking about trying rice protein. Banana bread two bananas I know you also like Amazing Grass, but it is so expensive. Organic banana bread recipe Thanks!

This looks so good and easy to make! All of your recipes are so cooking friendly(ie im not the greatest cook) I’v sent your website to a couple of friends who love your stuff! Thanks so much! Going to make this tonight 🙂

This looks great, but I have to say, I just don’t understand the appeal of oil-free dressing, from both a health and taste perspective. Banana bread recipe with applesauce I feel like any calories saved are added back in with the fruit juice, and I need a little fat for salads to be satisfying. Almond flour banana bread recipe And aren’t many of the nutrients from the grains and vegetables are better absorbed when they’re accompanied by fat? I’m thinking of studies like this one: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/11/dress-up-your-salad/ I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on the issue, actually.

Anyway, I think with a little olive oil in the dressing and some avocado or hummus layered on top (as suggested above), this would be a much fuller meal. How long to bake banana bread muffins Can’t wait to try it out!

That’s a great point Emily! I do usually add oil to dressing, however I wanted to replicate this oil-free whole foods version. Strawberry banana bread recipe Avocado is a great suggestion as a way to sneak in some healthy oil. Banana bread baked oatmeal Maybe I will add that in next time.

Did you soak the wheat berries? I love wheat berries, but I get slightly bummed when I see them in a recipe because of the additional prep time. Banana bread yogurt recipe I’m not the most patient girl!

Wow, that is definitely the prettiest salad I have ever seen! And it looks absolutely delicious. Banana bread recipe with almond flour I can’t wait to try this out. Flour bakery banana bread Thanks for the great recipe!

Whole Foods could hire you now to recreate at-home versions of their food 🙂 It looks identical (but better!)

I love all the pops of color mixed in and the different textures are lovely. Hummingbird bakery banana bread Nice job and great photos, too!

This salad looks delicious and so full of color! There is a rumor going around my hometown that we might finally get our very first whole foods! I am so excited!

Looks beautiful – I love the colours! Can’t wait for your recipe book Angela!! I am missing GloBars soooooo much, especially the ones with the dried apricot in them!

Beautiful! This is the perfect solution for me for lunches to bring to work. Flour bakery banana bread recipe So much better than the bagel-at-the-coffee-shop lunches I’ve been having lately because I’m too busy in the morning to make something healthy. Banana bread recipe yogurt This will be perfect to make on the weekends and then grab all week long. Banana bread recipe with yogurt Thank you!

I love wheat berries! They are one of the few grains that keep me full for long periods of time. Sugar free banana bread recipe I’m not huge on quinoa, but I think I would like them in this. Healthy banana bread recipe yogurt Looks good!

This looks SO good! I love whole foods salads with citrus dressings! I had a kale salad there once with a similar flavor combo and it was fabulous! Can’t wait to try this out!!!

That dish looks so amazing. Banana bread recipe with greek yogurt Wondering, since I’m not real crazy about raw peppers, if I could lightly saute all the veggies then add them to the grains? I don’t think they would layer very well then, but they might make a tasty heated dish too.

Thanks for including both the cup amount and about how many carrots, peppers etc would make that amount. Banana bread with sour cream recipe Makes it easier to plan out the recipe.

Ohhh I remember buying that salad at the Wholefoods here in Hawaii and I loved it! I got to go check it out again today! I want to try making my own one day too it looks like so much fun and so colorful!

Sorry if this question was answered above but I didn’t see it. Buttermilk banana bread recipe Do you pour the dressing into the jar when layering or keep it separate till time to eat?

Thats a great question and I forgot to address that. Banana bread food network You can do either actually. Banana bread donuts The salad won’t get soggy if you put the dressing on before. Banana bread recipe using sour cream However I do find that I can taste the dressing a bit better when I put it on just before serving. Banana bread with sour cream and oil Otherwise it tends to soak in and you don’t taste it quite as much.

But what I really wanted to say was the salad looks so vibrant, almost like you can taste the good health just by looking at the photos.

#1. Original betty crocker banana bread recipe This looks awesome. Banana bread 1 egg I can’t wait to make my office jealous when I bring this into work.

#2. 4 ingredient banana bread Do you know of any great vegetarian friendly cafes or restaurants in Milton? I am meeting a friend there for coffee and food, and would like to go somewhere awesome!

Being a shift-worker who works for 12hrs in a row, this recipe is a life saver! I just made it today and now, my lunches are done for my “work week” (I get back to work tomorrow). Moist banana bread recipe with sour cream Once again, you are a life-saver! Thank you!

Yay! I’ve been waiting patiently for you to post your re-creation of this salad ever since you talked about during your trip to Arizona. Banana bread sour cream recipe It sounds just as tasty and wonderful as I imagined it would be. Chocolate banana bread pudding Thanks so much, Angela! I especially love that the dressing doesn’t contain any oil, just good ol juices and vinegar. Banana bread recipe taste I can’t wait to whip up a batch of this stuff today!

I don’t have a gluten intolerance but I did cut it out almost a year ago (not completely but as much as possible). Betty crocker banana nut bread recipe Do you have a suggestion of what to replace it with rather than cutting it out completely? After checking it’s nutritional info however it is very high in protein and fiber, perhaps wheatberries could be my gluten intake for the week. Banana bread recipe buttermilk Thank you for making this recipe and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that you post pics along the way!

Do you know the difference between soft and hard wheatberries? I went to purchase some in order to make this salad next week but I wasnt sure of the difference! I chose soft… thanks for posting this I was waiting for it!! <3

I made this as soon as I saw the post and I absolutely loved it. Best moist banana bread I did make two quick changes, one being that I added chopped cabbage as a top layer (had some leftover in the fridge) and instead of the dressing, I added a generous dollop of hummus on top and mixed it in. Banana bread muffins with applesauce I work between 60 and 72 hours every week, this is the exact kind of lunch that I need. Banana bread with 2 bananas Thank you so much for yet another wonderful post and recipe!

I love this recipe! I get so sick of salad for lunch in the winter and this was perrrrfect. Banana bread and butter pudding Plus it’s more filling. Banana bread recipe without baking soda I made the fixings on Sunday night (sans the dressing b/c I was lazy and went with a bottled soy ginger dressing). Banana chocolate bread pudding In the morning I layer the veggies on the bottom with a little dressing, add the wheatberries and quinoa, and then toss on some edamame. Banana bread with chocolate chips recipe It’s great because I don’t have to pack the dressing seperately! Thanks so much for sharing!

There is a Jewish holiday coming up soon where people exchange gifts of food. Super slice banana bread I want to make this salad to give out this year. Frozen bananas for banana bread Most people give out cakes and cookies, but when I give real food, people are so appreciative!

I would like to prepare the salad in advance. Whole wheat banana bread muffins How late in the stage of preparation can the dressing be added? If I did it the night before and kept the salad containers in the fridge, would that be okay, or would it get soggy?

Can’t you also sprout the wheatberries and quinoa for a raw meal? I have sprouted quinoa before, and it was deliciously sweet. Banana bread with applesauce and honey Sprouting makes the nutrients more bioavailable for tne body.

This looks YUMMY!! I will definitely try this myself! I am going to post some recipes on my site too, in the next few weeks. Banana bread with applesauce recipe I am loving eating fresh, organic, raw food and feel amazing afterwards! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

Hi! I can’t tell you how excited I am to find these recipes. Banana bread without baking soda I am allergic to milk, wheat, corn, eggs, soy, seafood, peanuts, pineapples and a host of other foods. Banana bread no baking soda I have struggled and struggled to find recipes that tasted great and allowed me the chance to avoid foods I’m allergic to and…I found this site!

Loved that recipe idea, will play with it this week, for the barley, you could have cooked it with th the wheat berries, they both require same water and cooking time.

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