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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Are you (like us) rejoicing yet that it’s almost summer? Try this tasty Mediterranean salad topped with Primal Kitchen® Dreamy Italian Dressing & Vinaigrette, and serve it up with slices of avocado, cherry tomatoes and grilled chicken.

Make rocking your summer diet easy and delicious with irresistible Primal Kitchen condiments! Rest easy knowing you’re getting 100% real food ingredients and top-notch nutrition when you use our premium dressings, mayos, oils, and more. Throw this beautiful salad together, and drizzle on our fragrant and delicious Primal Kitchen Dreamy Italian Dressing to your heart’s content. Filled with Mediterranean vibes, amazing flavor, and tons of healthy fats, this dressing is a guaranteed pantry staple and family-friendly favorite!

Time: 35 min

Servings: 4

Ingredients

Instructions

Marinate chicken strips in Dreamy Italian Dressing & Vinaigrette for two hours (or overnight).

Place the chicken strips on a hot grill. Brush them with Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil, and sprinkle with oregano, chopped rosemary, salt and pepper.

Turn, the chicken strips over, and repeat. Grill until no longer pink.

Meanwhile, combine mixed greens, avocado, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, pumpkin seeds, and bacon bits into four serving bowls.

Add slices of grilled chicken to each, and top with creamy Primal Kitchen Dreamy Italian Dressing.

Enjoy!

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It’s Big-Ass Salad week, and we’ve got another healthy, hearty option for your Primal lunch or dinner menu. Try this tasty Mediterranean salad topped with Primal Kitchen® Dreamy Italian Dressing, served up with slices of avocado, cherry tomatoes and grilled chicken.

Throw this keto-friendly, high-nutrient salad together, and drizzle on our fragrant and delicious Primal Kitchen Dreamy Italian Dressing to your heart’s content. Filled with Mediterranean vibes, amazing flavor, and tons of healthy fats, this dressing is a guaranteed pantry staple and family-friendly favorite.

For more Primal Kitchen recipes and inspiration, check out the Primal Kitchen news and recipe blog.

Time: 35 min

Servings: 4

Ingredients

Instructions

Place the chicken strips on a hot grill. Brush them with Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil, and sprinkle with oregano, chopped rosemary, salt and pepper.

Turn, the chicken strips over, and repeat. Grill until no longer pink.

Meanwhile, combine mixed greens, avocado, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, pumpkin seeds, and bacon bits into four serving bowls.

Add slices of grilled chicken to each, and top with creamy Primal Kitchen Dreamy Italian Dressing.

Enjoy!

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inline chix cobb salad 2.jpgWhy serve bland chicken breast in Cobb salad, when spicy chicken wings taste so much better? This salad is especially great for parties and potlucks. A big, colorful Cobb salad is always a hit. Plus, it’s easy (and affordable) to grill up a bunch of chicken wings for a crowd.

These chicken wings are delicious hot off the grill (or out from under the broiler), but if you want to make this salad ahead of time, go for it. The wings are just as good chilled from the refrigerator.

A Cobb salad is really just another Big-Ass Salad, with all sorts of good things thrown in. Tomato, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, avocado, and blue cheese are the classic Cobb combination. There’s no reason to stop there. Go ahead and pile on all your favorite healthy salad fixings (along with your favorite PRIMAL KITCHEN® dressing), for a deluxe Cobb salad that can feed a crowd.

Servings: 4

Time in the Kitchen: 1 hour

Ingredients

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Spicy Wings

  • 2 pounds chicken wings/drumettes (900 g)
  • 2 tablespoons PRIMAL KITCHEN Avocado Oil (30 ml) https://www.marksdailyapple.com/12-surprising-things-you-can-do-with-avocado-oil/
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt (2.5 ml)
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika (2.5 ml)
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter (45 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce (30 ml)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (15 ml)

Cobb Salad

  • Butter lettuce or romaine, ripped into bite-sized leaves
  • 3 ounces crumbled blue cheese (85 g)
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes (226 g)
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, sliced or chopped
  • 2 avocados, sliced
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • Kefir salad dressing https://www.marksdailyapple.com/kefir-marinated-chicken/ or PRIMAL KITCHEN dressing of choice

Other optional salad ingredients: Nuts, olives, chives, bell peppers, mushrooms, shredded carrot, shredded beets,

Instructions

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Toss the wings with avocado oil. Season with salt and paprika.

Grilling:
Heat grill to medium heat. Grill the wings, with the cover down, until wings are browned and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Flip wings 2 or 3 times while grilling.

Broiling:
Spread wings out on a rimmed baking sheet. Heat broiler to high, with a rack 6 inches from the flame. Broil 15 to 20 minutes, until wings are browned and crispy. Turn the wings several times as they cook. Expect some smoking from the rendered fat.

While the wings cook, combine butter, hot sauce and vinegar in a large bowl. Toss the cooked wings in the mixture until evenly coasted. Return wings to the grill or broiler for a few minutes more, until sizzling.

Combine all the salad ingredients in a large bowl, toss with kefir salad dressing, and serve spicy chicken wings on top.

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PrimalIf you think kefir is only a refreshingly tart yogurt drink brimming with healthy probiotics, then you’re missing out on another reason it’s great to have kefir in the kitchen.

Kefir is a fantastic marinade for chicken. The acidic nature of kefir makes it the perfect tenderizer, especially for chicken breasts.  Kefir also has a way of really soaking the flavors of a marinade into meat. This recipe uses lemon and dill, but any blend of herbs or spices can be whisked into a kefir marinade.

Kefir marinated chicken is tender, succulent and deeply flavorful. If there’s still some kefir left in the bottle, then use it to whisk together a tangy, creamy kefir dressing (recipe below). Leftover chicken tossed into a salad with kefir dressing is a delicious lunch the next day.

Time in the Kitchen: 3-8 hours to marinate, plus 35 minutes to cook

Servings: 4

Chicken

Primal

  • 1 cup plain kefir (240 ml)
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped dill (80 ml)
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 2 pounds chicken (breasts, thighs, drumsticks or a combination), with or without skin (900g)

Instructions

Whisk together kefir, garlic, dill, and lemon zest.

Place the chicken in the kefir marinade, making sure each piece is coated.

Marinate at least 3 hours, but preferably overnight.

Remove the chicken from the marinade and shake most of the marinade off. Lightly coat the chicken with oil, then season the chicken with salt and pepper.

Grill the chicken over medium-high heat or roast it in an oven.

Grilling chicken: Pound the thickest part of the chicken breast down to a thickness that is even with the rest of the breast. If the entire breast is ¼ to ½-inch thick grill the breast for about 4 to 6 minutes a side. Drumsticks and thighs can take longer to grill, about 30 minutes, and can be turned more frequently.

Roasting chicken: Preheat oven to 400 ºF/204 ºC. Arrange the chicken pieces on a baking sheet. Bake 20 to 30 minutes. Start checking the breasts after 20 minutes, as they will cook faster.

Cook all chicken to a temperature of 165 °F/74 ºC.

Kefir Dressing

Primal

Either whisk ingredients together, or blend in a blender.

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