Hearty salads have the best of all worlds: ample protein, copious vegetables, and big flavor. And when they’re seasonally inspired? All the better…

We’re loving this earthy autumn dish right now. Seared steak, fall vegetables and tangy mustard vinaigrette—together they make the perfect salad supper.

Servings: 3

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 90 minutes

Ingredients:

Salad:

  • 3 cups cubed Butternut Squash
  • 1 large Delicata Squash, seeds removed and sliced into rings (about 1.5-2 cups)
  • 1 head Cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 lb. Brussels Sprouts, halved
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped Fresh Rosemary
  • 4 cloves Garlic, grated
  • 3 cups chopped Lacinato Kale
  • 1/4 cup Primal Kitchen® Avocado Oil or Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 medium Apple, quartered and thinly sliced

Steak:

  • 1 lb. Tri-Tip Steak (but feel free to use another cut like sirloin, skirt, etc.)
  • 1 Tbsp. Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 cloves Garlic, grated
  • Salt and Pepper

Dressing:

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Toss the butternut and delicata squash with 1.5 tablespoons of avocado oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Lay the squash pieces on a parchment covered sheet pan in a single layer. Roast for 20 minutes, flip the squash over and roast for an additional 20 minutes, or until the squash is nicely roasted.

Toss the brussels sprouts and cauliflower florets in 1.5 tablespoons of oil, rosemary, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Lay the brussels sprouts cut side down on a parchment covered sheet pan. Roast for 20 minutes, or until the underside of the Brussels sprouts are golden, then flip over and roast for an additional 10 minutes or until tender.

Massage the chopped kale in the last tablespoon of oil and a pinch of salt and arrange on a sheet pan. Roast for around 10-15 minutes.

Lay the cauliflower on another sheet pan and roast for 20 minutes. Give the florets a shake or flip and continue roasting until browned and tender.

Place a seasoned cast iron pan in the oven to preheat for 15-20 minutes. In a small bowl, combine the avocado oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Toss the steak in the mixture and allow it to marinate for about 10 minutes.

Once the pan is very hot, place it over a burner on medium heat. Add the steak and sear it for 1-2 minutes on each side. Transfer the pan to the oven and continue cooking until it reaches your desired internal temperature (125 degrees for rare, 135 degrees for medium-rare, 145 degrees for medium). Remove the steak from the pan and allow it to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

To make the dressing, whisk all of the dressing ingredients together and add salt and pepper to taste.

Combine all of the roasted vegetables together in a large bowl. Top with the sliced steak and apple slices and drizzle on the dressing.

Nutrition Information per serving (¼ of recipe):

  • Calories: 618
  • Total Carbs: 48 grams
  • Net Carbs: 35 grams
  • Fat: 35 grams
  • Protein: 35 grams

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When it comes to side dishes, simple is best. A list of ingredients you can count on one hand is the way I like to do it. This dish delivers on ease and offers plenty of solid nutrition and great Primal taste. Cooking up great flavor starts with quality ingredients, for sure, but don’t underestimate the power of a great sauce or seasoning—and the right cooking method. Roasting vegetables is one of the surest ways to bring out a richer, deeper taste. Brussels sprouts work great for this. Add some balsamic and bacon, and you’ve got an amazing side for any meaty main course.

Bacon & Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Servings: 2

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients:

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 425 ºF.

Cut the ends off of the Brussels sprouts  and then slice in halves or quarters (if pieces are very large).

Place them in a bowl and drizzle with avocado oil and balsamic dressing. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine.

Roast for 20-25 minutes. Remove the Brussels sprouts from the oven. Then toss with cooked bacon pieces. Add blue cheese crumbles if desired.

Nutritional Information (per serving without cheese):

  • Calories: 488
  • Total Carbs: 9.2 grams
  • Net Carbs: 7.5 grams
  • Fat: 49 grams
  • Protein: 5.2 grams

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Today we’re serving up a Primal+keto dinner you’ll put on the regular rotation for its flavor and ease: succulent pork tenderloin, made juicier and richer with a honey mustard marinade alongside a cool, crunchy broccoli salad with celery, radishes macadamia nuts and bacon.

Customize with your favorite marinade flavors as well as your veggies, nuts or seeds of choice. Midweek meals just got more delicious….

Servings: 3

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

Pork:

Broccoli Salad:

  • 4 slices Bacon
  • 3 cups chopped Broccoli Florets
  • 2.5 Tbsp. Primal Kitchen Garlic Aioli Mayo
  • 1 Tbsp. Bacon Fat
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 3 Tbsp. Macadamia Nuts
  • 2 Tbsp. diced Red Onion
  • 1/2 cup Radishes, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/4 cup diced Celery

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Once hot, place a seasoned and lightly oiled cast iron pan in the oven for 15-20 minutes until it is hot.

In a bowl, combine the Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard Dressing and Marinade, garlic, rosemary, and thyme. Taste the mixture and season accordingly with salt and pepper. Add the pork tenderloin and rub the marinade all over it. Allow the pork to marinate in the fridge for 15-30 minutes.

Once the pan is hot, set it over your stove top burner over medium-high heat. Lightly pat the pork dry with a paper towel and place the pork in the pan, making sure to slightly tuck the tail of the tenderloin under itself. Sear the pork for 2-3 minutes on each side, then place the pan into the oven. Remove the pork when it reaches your desired internal temperature, between 145-160 degrees. Spoon any extra juices from the pan over the pork and allow it to rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing.

(If you are preparing it on a grill, preheat one side of the grill over medium-high heat, and the other over low heat. Lightly oil the grill grate and pat the pork to remove any residual liquid. Place the pork on the side that’s set to medium-high heat and grill for 2-3 minutes on one side, then flip it over for an additional 2-3 minutes. Repeat this again and grill for an additional 1-3 minutes on each side, then transfer the pork to the side with the lower heat. Cover the grill and grill under the internal temperature reaches between 145-155 degrees. Since the tail is so much thinner than the rest of the tenderloin, slightly tuck the tail of the tenderloin under the rest of the pork when cooking to prevent the thinner end from overcooking and drying out.)

To make the broccoli salad, roast the bacon on a sheet pan at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until it reaches the doneness of your liking. Roughly chop the bacon and set it aside. Reserve a tablespoon of the bacon fat for the next step.

Combine the Primal Kitchen Garlic Aioli Mayo with a tablespoon of bacon fat and the lemon juice. Toss the chopped broccoli with the mayo mixture and fold in the bacon, macadamia nuts, onions, radishes and celery. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with the pork tenderloin. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information (4 oz. Pork and 1/3 of Salad):

  • Calories: 506
  • Total Carbs: 12 grams
  • Net Carbs: 9 grams
  • Fat: 39 grams
  • Protein: 28 grams

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Chicken salad is a classic and a frequent sight at summer potlucks and luncheons. But the PUFA oils and high carb breads it usually comes with put a damper on what should be a good thing. Thankfully, this recipe offers a healthy re-do that satisfies a paleo, Primal, and keto standard—not to mention appetite.

Next time you cook up a chicken dinner, prepare a bit extra to put together this easy dish. It makes for a perfect workday lunch or fast weeknight meal.

Servings: 4

Time in the Kitchen: 20 minutes (not counting chicken cook time)

Ingredients:

Instructions:

In a large bowl, combine cooked and shredded chicken with celery, Primal Kitchen Mayo, Primal Kitchen Spicy Brown Mustard, salt, and thyme. Toss until chicken is well coated.

Cover bowl and refrigerate until ready to eat.

Just before serving, toss with chopped pecans. Serve in butter lettuce cups.

Nutritional Info (per serving):

      • Calories: 485
      • Total Carbs: 2.2 grams (1 gram net carbs)
      • Protein: 52 grams
      • Fat: 31 grams

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Salads can be as Big-Ass or as simple as mood and time dictate, but they always should be flavorful. We love this classic (and keto-friendly) recipe for a quick side or (topped with some bacon crumbles) a light lunch or dinner. The best part…it’s made with staple ingredients that are easy to keep on hand.

Bright, colorful, crisp and rich, it’s a great choice for a midweek family supper or even an impromptu dinner party.

Servings: 4

Time In the Kitchen: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

Instructions:

In a small mixing bowl, combine about 1 cup of Primal Kitchen Ranch Dressing with blue cheese. If you’d like a thicker dressing, add 1–2 tablespoons Primal Kitchen Mayo. Mix well and refrigerate.

Place iceberg wedges on 4 plates. Sprinkle evenly with tomatoes and green onions. Drizzle with blue-cheese ranch dressing.

Nutritional Information (without mayo):

  • Calories: 388
  • Net Carbs: 12 grams
  • Fat: 35 grams
  • Protein: 6 grams

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Salads aren’t just for summer, and this recipe proves it. Warm, hearty, rich, with the deep flavors of mixed mushrooms, bacon (we have you at that, right?) and mustard dressing, this delicious side—or full-on meal—will make a believer out of you. Salads, done well, are for all seasons.

But there’s more…. We’re loving the crunch of toasted pine nuts and the addition of poached eggs. It might just be the quintessential winter salad—and we’re guessing a new Primal favorite for your health-conscious table.

Servings: 4

Time In the Kitchen: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 bunches rainbow or Swiss chard
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms (any variety; a mix is great, too)
  • 6 strips crisp, cooked bacon, crumbled
  • ½ cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons Primal Kitchen® Avocado Oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup Primal Kitchen Organic Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Poached eggs

Instructions:

Wash, dry and chop rainbow/Swiss chard (Tip: Tear leaves off first and then chop stems.)

Heat 2 teaspoons avocado oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and saute until lightly browned, about 7 minutes.

Remove mushrooms from skillet and set aside.

Add chard to the pan and cook until wilted, about 3–4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt, stir, and add to a large mixing bowl.

Add remaining avocado oil, vinegar, mustard, shallot, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper to a mason jar. Shake well until emulsified, and add dressing to bowl with the chard.

Add mushrooms, bacon, and pine nuts to bowl. Toss well to mix.

Optional: Serve with chopped hard-boiled eggs or one poached egg per salad.

Nutritional Information (per serving, with one poached egg):

  • Calories: 474
  • Net Carbs: 9 grams
  • Fat: 39 grams
  • Protein: 18 grams

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(This post is an update to an earlier post version.)

A Big-Ass Salad, as you know, is a perfect main meal of the day. However, with a little creativity there’s no limit to how (or when) you can enjoy your favorite combination of vegetables, greens and more. While Primal Kitchen® now offers a literal rainbow of 11 ready-made dressings and marinades that are all natural, whole-food, and fully Primal choices (including vegan and Whole30®-approved options), there’s always room for DIY creativity to fit your favorite salad varieties. Check out these 10 Primal-worthy ideas—and share your own in the comment section. Enjoy!

1. Raspberry Vinaigrette

This salad dressing is a summer classic. It’s tasty and refreshing—especially when paired with a salad of mixed baby greens, feta cheese and toasted walnuts.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen (defrosted) raspberries
  • 1/3 cup of Primal Kitchen® Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
  • 2 Tbsp white wine
  • 1/2 packet of stevia or monkfruit (or equivalent of other natural, low-carb sweetener)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
  • Black pepper, to taste

Method:

Finely chop mint leaves or shred in food processor. Set aside.

Puree fresh or defrosted raspberries in food processor until smooth. Pour into a mason jar or other container with a tight lid.

Mix raspberry puree with extra virgin avocado oil and white wine. Add sea salt, black pepper, sweetener and shredded mint leaves. Close the jar or container tightly, and shake to combine.

Serve immediately over salad and enjoy!

2. Citrus Vinaigrette

Liven up a regular salad with this crisp and refreshing summer-inspired salad dressing.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Primal Kitchen Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:
Again, in a large mason jar or container with a tight lid, combine the orange juice, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and lemon juice. Drizzle in the avocado oil while whisking vigorously with fork. Once mixed, add the walnuts and stir. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Dill Vinaigrette

This salad dressing is so tasty, you’ll want to double the recipe so that you can have it again when dinner time rolls around!

Ingredients:

Method:
In a blender or food processor (low setting), combine the oil, vinegar, dill weed, onion powder, garlic powder, and dry mustard. Blend until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.

4. Balsamic Vinaigrette

Although this makes a great, simple salad dressing, it’s equally delicious as a marinade for meat or drizzle on steamed vegetables.

Ingredients:

Method:
In a mason jar or other container with a tight lid, combine all the ingredients. Shake until all ingredients are combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

5. Basil Vinaigrette

Delicious year round, this salad is especially tasty when paired with an Italian-themed salad laden with fresh mozzarella and ripe tomatoes.

Ingredients:

Method:
In a bowl, whisk together the avocado oil, wine or vinegar, basil, and garlic. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

6. Parsley Dressing

Try this flavorful dressing on a salad of mixed greens or other mild-flavored salad combination.

Ingredients:

Method:
In a bowl, combine the avocado oil, lemon juice and onion powder. Once combined, add in the chopped parsley, mix thoroughly with a whisk and serve.

7. Lemon Caesar Dressing

Try this citrus-infused spin on the popular salad dressing option.

Ingredients:

Method:
In a bowl, whisk all ingredients except oil and sour cream. Once combined, slowly add oil, whisking constantly until smooth (if you stop, the dressing could break). Once combined, whisk in sour cream until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

8. Asian Dressing

Add a taste of the orient (without the added sugar) with this tangy Asian-inspired dressing.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Primal Kitchen Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
  • 3 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp Asian mustard (should be easily found in the ethnic food aisle of your local grocery store)
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 medium garlic cloves, minced

Method:
In a bowl, whisk together orange juice, vinegar, sesame seeds, mustard, sugar, salt, and garlic. Once combined, slowly whisk in sesame oil.

9. Ginger-Asian Dressing

A second spin on the Asian dressing theme, this dressing is delicious on salads as well as steamed or grilled veggies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 carrot, fresh, peeled and finely shredded
  • 1/2 cup Primal Kitchen Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
  • 1 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp coconut aminos
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 tsp hot mustard
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ginger root, grated

Method:
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.

10. French Style Dressing

Looking for a way to get the kids to eat their greens? This tasty recipe is sure to wow them.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Primal Kitchen Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
  • 2 Tbsp red or white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp unsalted tomato paste
  • 2 tsp water
  • 1/2 tsp fresh minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground white pepper

Method:
In a large mason jar or other container with a tight lid, combine all ingredients, shake it up and serve.

Thanks for stopping in today, everyone. Which dressing looks like something you’d try? Any DIY recipes you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you on the comment board. Have a great end to the week.

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Whether you’re planning a summer barbecue or an informal dinner, you can never go wrong with cole slaw. Creamy, tangy and crunchy, it’s always a crowd pleaser. But most cole slaw recipes use ingredients that contain sugar or other added sweeteners as well as mayo made with industrial seed oils. Not this recipe. Here you’ll find a healthier version all around and one that even fits the needs of a keto dieter—with all the fresh taste you’ve come to expect.

The goodness of Primal Kitchen® Mayo (made from healthy avocado oil) and Primal Kitchen Organic Spicy Brown Mustard mix with the bright colors and nutrients of cabbage, carrots and green onion—with a few extras to create a zesty and creamy side you’ll want to serve every week. (Personally, we think they go exceptionally well with these tempting Low-Carb Ribs.…)

Servings: 4

Time in the Kitchen: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Primal Kitchen Mayo
  • 2 Tbsp Primal Kitchen Organic Spicy Brown Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp full fat organic sour cream
  • 1/4 cup dill relish
  • 2 tsp organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 2-3 tsp horseradish (depending on how spicy you like it)
  • 3 cups (about half a head) of shredded green cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 Tbsp celery seed
  • Salt/Pepper to taste

Instructions

Shred cabbage, grate carrot, and chop green onion.

Mix mayo, mustard, apple cider vinegar, horseradish, celery seed, sour cream, and relish. Pour over veggie mix and toss to fully coat. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve and enjoy!

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