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Gluten-Free Veggie Bacon Feta Salad

Since the beginning of the year, my husband and I have been on a mission to lose weight. As of the writing of this post, my hubby has lost 30 pounds and I’ve managed to loose 11. Basically, we have been diligent to watch our carb intake, consume less meat and eat more vegetables. This Gluten-Free Veggie Bacon Feta Salad is a recipe that fits perfectly in our diet.  

Exercise has also played a key role in our weight loss. The combination of diet and exercise has resulted in both my husband and I fitting into smaller clothes.  

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Potluck Gluten-Free Veggie Bacon Feta Salad

Although Gluten-Free Veggie Bacon Feta Salad can easily stand alone as a meal all by itself, it is also a perfect accompaniment to grilled burgers, pork chops, chicken, steaks or ribs. It’s also a great gluten-free side dish for a picnic or potluck dinner.

The pictures above and the one below are taken without the addition of bacon, feta cheese, and the salad dressing. 

Potluck Gluten-Free Veggie Bacon Feta Salad

Gluten-Free Veggie Bacon Feta Salad starts by combining chopped cucumbers, yellow bell peppers, cauliflower flowerets, grape tomatoes, garbanzo beans as well as chopped fresh basil and Italian parsley. (Feel free to add additional veggies if you so desire.)

Note: In order to control the amount of sodium in the salad, I purchased a 1 pound bag of organic garbanzo beans. I placed the beans in a strainer and rinsed them well, then poured them into a 3-quart stockpot and soaked them overnight. The next morning I rinsed the beans again and added 6 cups of water and simmered them for 1 hour. Next, I drained and rinsed them again and allowed them to cool to room temperature. 

Potluck Gluten-Free Veggie Bacon Feta Salad

Since I am on a gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free diet, I make my own salad dressings and gluten-free Restaurant-Style Homemade Croutons. Several of my favorite salads are Strawberry Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette Poppy Seed Dressing and Berry Spinach Salad.

The dressing I made to top this Gluten-Free Veggie Bacon Feta Salad is similar to the one I make for my Berry Spinach Salad.

It consists of a combination of:

  • Recently I have discovered Jungle Sweet Sweetener and simply love it. Here’s why: 

        • LOW GLYCEMIC INDEX OF 11 – derived from natural sources. 
        • GOOD SOURCE OF MINERALS – fewer calories and carbohydrates than sugar.
        • HEALTHIER REPLACEMENT FOR SUGAR – Twice as sweet as sugar, no aftertaste, great for baking
        •  100% NATURAL BLEND – Kosher certified, Vegan certified, Non-GMO certified and Paleo optimized.
        • NO CONVENTIONAL REFINED SUGARS – Made with Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Stevia & Natural Birch Bark Xylitol           

        Potluck Gluten-Free Veggie Bacon Feta Salad

        Gluten-Free Veggie Bacon Feta Salad

        Yields Approx. 1 gallon

        A deliciously healthy, gluten-free salad that's perfect for picnics, potlucks or as a meal all by itself.

        25 minPrep Time

        25 minTotal Time

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        Ingredients

        • SALAD:
        • 3 large cucumbers, chopped
        • 1 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, cut in half
        • 3 cups cauliflower flowerets
        • 1 pound prepared garbanzo beans
        • 1 orange bell pepper
        • 4 tablespoons fresh basil
        • 4 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley
        • DRESSING:
        • 2 cups canola mayonnaise
        • 3 - 4 teaspoons Jungle Sweet Sweetener (or sweetener to taste)
        • 2/3 cup Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (or to taste)
        • 1 teaspoon Pink Himalayan Sea Salt (or to taste)
        • TOPPINGS:
        • 1 pound gluten-free bacon, fully cooked, chopped and drained
        • 1 cup feta cheese (Omit for dairy-free version)
        • 2 tablespoons (each) chopped fresh basil and Italian parsley

        Instructions

        1. Rinse and prepare vegetables, place in a large mixing bowl, add garbanzo beans, basil and parsley; toss.
        2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all salad dressing ingredients; pour over salad mixture.
        3. Top with bacon pieces and feta; lightly toss.
        4. Garnish with sprinkle of basil and parsley.
        5. Serve.
        6. Refrigerate leftovers.

        Notes

        Feel free to add additional vegetables such as red onions, broccoli flowerets, snow peas, and more. This recipe can easily be divided in half. Feel free to add rotisserie chicken, cooked shrimp or strips of cooked steak in addition to, or in place of, the bacon.

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        NOTES:

        • Feel free to add additional vegetables such as red onions, broccoli flowerets, snow peas, and more. 
        • This recipe can easily be divided in half. 
        • Feel free to add rotisserie chicken, cooked shrimp or strips of cooked steak in addition (or in place of) the bacon.

         

      • What’s your favorite salad???Linda

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About the author: Linda and Anna are a mother-daughter team that enjoy cooking, crafting and sharing advice with each other. Here they enjoy sharing all their new recipes and ideas with their readers.

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