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Paleo Apricot, Broccoli and Walnut Salad

A healthy salad of various food groups with a balance of milder flavours, just choose the dressing.
Apricot, Broccoli and Walnut Salad

A Little About the Recipe: Paleo Apricot, Broccoli and Walnut Salad

Paleo Apricot, Broccoli and Walnut Salad contains five ingredients and zero cooking – yippee! (Now I just need someone to chop for me…)

You get a choice of two equally delicious yet super simple dressings, both of which can be made in less than five minutes.  I heartily recommend the Mint Cream Dressing as the best choice of the two for this salad. Still, it’s possible another part of the meal may clash (minty chicken? Err… no!), so there’s a tasty choice of two – just in case. 

I read an article not that long ago which claimed iceberg lettuce was one of the worst veggies ever to use in a salad.  I was horrified!  Let me narrow my eyes and glare with evilness!  Obviously, I happen to heartily disagree.  It’s a matter of opinion, I realise, but I think of iceberg lettuce as the salad equivalent of a babbling brook on a hot Summer’s day.  Plain and unadorned, it has a cool, watery freshness that complements other salad ingredients.  In this recipe, it’s a bit of a necessity.  Both broccoli and walnut are naturally quite dry, and having watery iceberg lettuce is a must for balance.  Apricots are just the icing on the salad – who doesn’t like apricots?

With the healthy food groups of veggies, fruit and nuts all covered in this one recipe, you only need some delicious meat to make a complete meal.

I Recommend This For: Paleo Apricot, Broccoli and Walnut Salad

Paleo Apricot, Broccoli and Walnut salad is entirely paleo, and it fits whole30 rules as long as whole30 dieters use the Mint Cream Dressing over the Simple Honey Dressing.  For dinner, add the Slow Roasted Boneless Lamb Shoulder with Dried Rosemary and Garlic or, for lunch, the smaller Salted, Foil Baked Salmon Fillet.   

This recipe has 14.8g of total carbs, so I included it in Atkins’ Ongoing and Maintenance for those with a moderate to high carb tolerance.  Those who don’t are best letting it pass by.  It’s possible Atkins’ dieters could also use the slow-roasted boneless lamb but keep in mind your fat content overshadows your protein. Other meals of the day need to focus on protein content to balance it for Atkins’s guidelines.

I would say this is not a keto recipe.  It has 9.3g net carbs per serving which is within the 20g limit for the day.  For a complete dinner, I would say go ahead; however, this is just a side salad.  Using half your allotted carbs for something which is not so substantial is not worthwhile, in my opinion.  If you disagree, indulge away! 

And Here It Is: Paleo Apricot, Walnut and Broccoli Salad

Apricot, Walnut and Broccoli Salad
Paleo Apricot, Walnut and Broccoli Salad
A healthy salad of various food groups with a balance of milder flavours, just choose the dressing.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine Atkins’, Paleo, Paleo-ish, Whole30
Servings 4 people
Calories 183 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 200 g iceberg lettuce (4 cups)
  • 50 g broccoli florets (1/3 cup)
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 8 medium apricots
  • 50 g walnuts, chopped (2oz)

Dressing

Instructions
 

  • Shred the lettuce.
  • Cut the broccoli florets quite small.
  • Dice the avocado.
  • Slice the apricots.
  • Break up the walnuts (I used my hands).
  • Mix everything.

Notes

Net Carbs: 9.3g
 

Nutrition

Serving: 179gCalories: 183kcalCarbohydrates: 14.8gProtein: 4gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 13mgPotassium: 519mgFiber: 5gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 1730IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 41mgIron: 1mg
Keyword apricot, avocado, broccoli, lettuce, walnut
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