A Gluten-Free Veggie Bacon Feta Salad is a healthy recipe that fits perfectly in my diet. Why? Because since the beginning of the year, I have been on a mission to lose weight. As of the writing of this post, I’ve managed to lose 11. Basically, I have been diligent to watch my carb intake, consume less meat and eat more vegetables.
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Gluten-Free Veggie Bacon Feta Salad Meal
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.
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.
Gluten-Free + Soy-Free + Dairy-Free
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 is Strawberry Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette Poppy Seed Dressing and Berry Spinach Salad.
It consists of a combination of:
- canola mayonnaise (I like the Spectrum brand)
- Sugar or sweetener of choice
- Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
- 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???