Lemony Greek Quinoa Salad

I don’t typically post a lot of grain-friendly recipes on this site, but I choose to include a few because I always want to support clean, nutritious, whole-food eating regardless of our respective “diets”. Some people just really jive with a more vegan/vegetarian approach and there are a bunch of great meal possibilities for you plant-based folks! Here’s one of them that…

Zesty Pineapple Coleslaw

I feel like coleslaw is a classically unimpressive dish. Like one of those tv shows you watch, not because you like it, but because it’s on and you’re too bored to care. This is a problem because I’m an advocate of really ENJOYING every food I put in my mouth. That’s why I decided to take it…

Simple Greek Olive Salad

I posted this idea up on my Instagram the other day so HOPEFULLY you already saw it cause you’re a Clean Plate follower! But if not, then here’s the bloggy version of that post. You better sit down. Cause this is gonna take a while… …Just kidding! This is the easiest of the easy. A SUPER…

Beet and Butternut Quinoa Salad

I find myself less and less preaching a paleo-ONLY gospel these days. Truth is, there are a lot of healthy people* operating well on vegan, vegetarian, paleo, dairy-free, pegan, AIP, and Mediterranean diets. This  is why I ended up calling this blog, and my business, The Clean Plate. There are many roads to health, and they…

Basil, Peach, and Bacon Salad

As we near the end of summer, I want to encourage you all to enjoy the fruits of the season in as many ways as possible! Contrary to common knowledge, fruit isn’t just a snack or something you put in a smoothie. If you want to get really creative in the kitchen, use fruit in your…

BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad

Does anyone remember “tearing” lettuce for salads growing up? It had to be one of the most frequent jobs passed on to us children while mom was making dinner. Right up there with shredding cheese and opening cans. I honestly can’t think of a job more inefficient than the tearing of lettuce. First of all,…

Mango Chili Lime Salad

Before we dive into the specs of this beautiful salad, I have an announcement! If you haven’t seen it yet, I’m teaching a workshop in August! If you live near the San Diego area, come join me at Grotto Climbing Gym for a night of yummy, nutrient rich food talk! There will be plenty of…

Kalamata Chicken Salad

Hey, remember when I said I was going to be on the radio? Well, I was! Here’s the Real Talk San Diego recording if you wanna listen into some kick-butt local AM broadcasting action. In this post I will teach you how to upgrade a classic — chicken salad! This Mediterranean-inspired version of chicken salad looks fancy and makes…

Thai Crunchy Cashew Salad

As a former employee, I have it on pretty good authority that Thai Chili and Lime Cashews are pretty much the pinnacle of all Trader Joe’s nut aisle offerings. They’ve been around for a long time so I don’t imagine they’ll be demoted to the dreaded discontinued list (but you never know… TJ’s is mean sometimes). Trader Joe’s crew members…

Strawberry Quinoa Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

NOT PALEO ALERT! This salad is probably closer to being PEGAN than Paleo. If you haven’t heard, Pegan is the new darling of the diet world. It’s a combination of our two favorite “extreme” diets out there; Paleo and Vegan. Um, what? I’ve always said that paleo and veganism are more alike than dissimilar. I guess…