Rich winter salad (+ free printable meal plan)

I am a great advocate of a meal plan. Every Sunday evening, I snuggle into my bed with my cookbooks (and Pinterest of course) and search for 7 delicious dishes that I will cook the following week. I really only cook after a recipe and yes, I know, many cannot understand and would miss their creative self-realization. But let’s be honest, who really has more than 5 dishes in their head on demand? For me, cooking after recipes is a way to always try new dishes or variations of dishes and to avoid boredom on the dinner table. I love food so much and there are so many vegetables, herbs, sauces, and batters that I have not yet tasted, I would almost feel sorry to repeat dishes.

With a meal plan, it never happens that you are missing the ONE ingredient for a really quite simple recipe. That is why I want to give you a free printable meal plan today. In my meal plan you can put down all the dishes you want to make during the week and there is even space for your shopping list:


And here comes one of my newly discovered favorite recipes. Since I avoid grain products, vegetables, and salad in general have become the main part of my diet. Especially with a salad, however, it is important to find combinations that will leave you full for a while. This rich winter salad won’t let you think about diets. The broccoli and walnuts make you wonderfully full and the balsamic maple dressing is just divine.

Rich Winter salad with balsamic maple dressing



1 broccoli
2 tomatoes
1 yellow pepper
2 carrots
a handful of your favorite salad (spinach here)
a handful of diced Edam
a handful of walnuts
salt and pepper

Wash the broccoli and cut it into small portions. In a large pot bring about 1.5 liters of water with a little salt to boil. As soon as the water boils, add the broccoli and cook until you can easily insert a fork. When the broccoli is done, pour the water away and give the broccoli to the rest of the salad.

In the meantime, wash the salad thoroughly and dry it with a towel. Wash the rest of the vegetables and cut them into small cubes. Mix everything in a large bowl for a delicious salad and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Add the Walnuts and the cheese according to your liking before or after the dressing.

For the dressing:

4 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tsp mustard

First, mix the olive oil and the mustard. You will have to stir vigorously until both ingredients are well blended. Then add the balsamic vinegar and maple syrup to it.



This salad can also be prepared very well to take to work, university or anywhere else to go. Fill the dressing in a small jar with a screw cap and only add it to the salad shortly before you will eat.