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Arugula Strawberry Salad with Pickled Onions and Strawberry Vinaigrette

Arugula Strawberry Salad with Pickled Red Onions, Feta, Pistachios, Avocado and Strawberry Vinaigrette is a fresh, ultra flavorful salad perfect for serving as a side dish! Add your favorite protein to turn it into a main entree!

What makes a salad amazing?  

Well. I have opinions.

There needs to be a sweet element, a tangy element, a creamy element, lots of bulk, plenty of crunch, and the whole thing needs to be vibrant and pretty.

For me, provided the above mentioned boxes are checked, I am SUPER into salad. If one of more are missing? Foggetaboutit. 

This strawberry salad with pickled red onions, feta cheese and homemade strawberry vinaigrette fills all my salad needs with flying colors. 

The best part? You can add grilled chicken for a filling, well-balanced meal that takes your taste buds for a real wild ride.

About 17,000 years ago, I posted a recipe for Pickled Red Onions. Have you pickled onions yet? It’s fun! And easy. And makes a salad extra pleasy (<- don’t punch me). There’s just something about the pickled version of an onion that takes the whole experience up a notch.

But don’t worry…I know we’re all short on time and attention span these days, so if you need to keep your onions un-pickled, I won’t judge you.

Let’s make this recipe!

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Cranberry Pistachio Vegan Shortbread Cookies (Paleo)

Grain-free cranberry pistachio vegan shortbread cookies made with just 6 basic ingredients. These light and buttery cookies are packed with flavor without being too sweet.

This post is sponsored by Raley’s.

Cranberry Pistachio Vegan Shortbread Cookies - paleo, grain-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and absolutely delicious! These are the perfect Christmas cookie and are amazing when dipped in chocolate

If you watch my Instagram stories, you may have seen me talk to you about Raley’s. Raley’s is the grocery store I shop at daily. My family shopped there the whole time I was growing up, and given how much I love shopping there, I have continued to do so. It has a huge variety of organic produce, quality meats, awesome baking ingredients for those who stick to gluten-free or grain-free baking, and all the usual grocery staples.

During my Instagram story, I showed you my Top 5 Holiday Baking Essentials: almond flour, coconut oil, coconut sugar, juice-sweetened dried cranberries, and vegan chocolate chips. I use all of these ingredients quite a bit on a regular basis, and especially during baking season when I’m whipping up holiday-inspired treats.

Ingredients for vegan shortbread

WELL. I took these five ingredients and turned them into – you guessed it! – paleo/vegan shortbread!

In addition to the 5, I also included pistachios for even more flavor, texture, and added deliciousness. The flavor of this vegan shortbread  is nice and buttery (even though there’s no butter!) with that cranberry tang, a crunch from the pistachios, and the cookies are not overly sweet, which I LOVE!

Cranberry Pistachio Vegan Shortbread Cookies - paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, healthy and delicious | TheRoastedRoot.net

Shortbread cookies are my favorite holiday cookies to bake, because they’re a little fancy but in the realm of Christmas cookies, they are pretty straightforward. Plus, they don’t require cookie cutters, icing bags, and frosting skills, all of which I don’t possess, because: basic minimalist.

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Winter Citrus Roasted Beet Salad

Fresh, vibrant winter roasted beet salad with citrus, pistachios, hemp seeds, and avocado. This vitamin-packed salad will leave you feeling energized and glowy. How has the first month of 2018 been treating you so far? If you’re doing Whole30, how are you feeling? But really. Truthfully, I miss rice. At the beginning of my Whole30, …

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No Bake Vegan Banana Cream Pie (Paleo)

Vegan banana cream pie that requires only 20 minutes of preparation and zero cooking. A an easily adaptable healthier dessert perfect for summer that is dairy-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free This post is sponsored by Bremner Farms. All thoughts, feelings, and opinions expressed in this post are my own, and I thank you for supporting the …

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Raspberry and Pistachio Salad with Creamy Raspberry Vinaigrette

Let this summer go down in history as the summer of salad and burgers. I’ve made some attempts to show you non-salad and non-burger recipes but ever since the earth reached its maximum axial-tilt one month ago (ohhh yeah, Wikipedia-ed that, son!)  leafy greens and hunks of meat have had my full attention. Resistible? I …

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