chopped salad with spicy chipotle dressing ~vegan, gluten free~

This chopped salad with spicy chipotle dressing is spicy, and I mean spicy!  Like the kind of spicy that makes you sweat and eyes water!

I love the smokey flavor of chipotle and I use just about any type of food as a vehicle for this dressing!  I add it to salads, sandwiches, burrito bowls or use it as a dip for veggie sticks!

This salad is an easy way to “Eat The Rainbow” for a boost of antioxidants and phytonutrients!

Chopped Salad with Spicy Chipotle Dressing ~vegan, gluten free~ A flavorful way to eat the rainbow!!!

Chopped Salad with Spicy Chipotle Dressing ~vegan, gluten free~ A flavorful way to eat the rainbow!!!

chopped salad with spicy chipotle dressing
Makes 2 salads and ~1 cup of dressing
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Vegan
  • For the Chipotle Dressing:
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup vegenaise or mayo
  • 3-5 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (depending on how spicy you like it!)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • For the salad:
  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped
  • ½ cup sliced olives
  • ½ cup cooked black beans
  • 2-3 carrots, shredded
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • ½ cup corn (I used frozen organic corn)
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  1. To make dressing:
  2. Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and puree until well combined and chipotle peppers are minced. Add sea salt and pepper to taste. *Start by adding 1 chipotle pepper at a time until desired spiciness is reached*
  3. To make salads:
  4. Arrange toppings on a bed of fresh romaine lettuce, add 1-2 tablespoons of dressing and enjoy!

~Start by adding 1 chipotle pepper at a time until desired spiciness is reached!~

Chopped Salad with Spicy Chipotle Dressing ~vegan, gluten free~ A flavorful way to eat the rainbow!!!

As a nutritionist, I am always encouraging clients to “eat the rainbow.”  Getting a broad spectrum of colorful foods in your diet will help bring your health and wellness to a whole new level!  Colorful foods are rich in antioxidants, which have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.  They also contribute to heart health, digestive health, increase energy, increased immunity, eye and skin  health and cell protection.

Each day aim for 2 servings from each color:

Red:  apples, beets, peppers, cherries, grapes, red onions, pomegranates, berries, tomatoes, watermelon

Orange:  cantaloupe, carrots, mangos, oranges, squash, sweet potatoes, peaches, peppers

Yellow:  apples, bananas, corn, pears, pineapple, summer squash

Green:  apples, asparagus, avocados, honeydew melon, green leafy vegetables, brussles sprouts, broccoli, cucumbers, edamame, green beans, peas, pears, zucchini

Blue/Purple/Black:  berries, cabbage, eggplant, figs, grapes, olives, raisins, beans

White/Brown:  beans, cauliflower, coconut, garlic, legumes, chickpeas, nuts, mushrooms, pears, seeds (flax, hemp, sesame), whole grains (brown rice, barley, quinoa)

1 serving = 1/2 cup cooked or 1 cup raw or 1 medium piece of fruit

 Different combination of these foods also have varying synergistic effects, so mix it up!

Reference:  Institute of Functional Medicine

Chopped Salad with Spicy Chipotle Dressing ~vegan, gluten free~ A flavorful way to eat the rainbow!!!

pomegranate lavender iced tea

A double dose of antioxidants, brewed lavender black tea and pomegranate juice make a powerful pair!

Pomegranate Lavender Iced Tea ~ A double dose of antioxidants!

In the hot summer months we tend to forget about drinking tea for optimal health.  Tea of all kinds, green, black or white all have extremely high amounts of antioxidants making it one of my favorite superfoods…superdrink I guess I should say!  Tea contains polyphenols, which is an antioxidant that protects our cells from damage and stress.  While green tea contains more polyphenols than black tea, regular consumption of black tea may lower risk of heart disease and diabetes.

I brewed Earl Grey black tea infused with lavender flowers for more of an aromatic flavor however, you can use any tea you prefer!  Added citrus fruit, berries and apples give this iced tea an added dose of flavor and nutrients!

pomegranate lavender iced tea
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 teaspoons loose tea leaves (or 2 tea bags)
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar or your preferred sweetener (optional)
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • ½ orange, sliced
  • 4 strawberries, halved
  1. Boil water and steep tea for 3-5 minutes. Remove tea leaves or tea bags, stir in sweetener and place in the refrigerator to cool. Once cooled, stir in pomegranate juice and fruit. Pour over ice and enjoy!

Pomegranate Lavender Iced Tea ~ A double dose of antioxidants!

For an adult version, add a little sweet summer red wine to the mix!

superfoods smoothie

I’ve been a bit under the weather lately…possibly Lyme’s disease or possibly a superbug that I can’t shake.  Somedays I feel good, other days I feel as though I was plowed over by a Mac truck!  Either way, I need to boost my immune system big time!

This superfoods smoothie is just the way to do it!  My sister-in-law turned me onto wheat grass powder from a company named AmazingGrass.  I am a huge fan of this company and have used many of their products in the past, but somehow I overlooked simple old wheat grass powder!  Wheat Grass contains all essential animo acids, has a high alkalinity and contains phytonutrients and chlorophyll, all important for improved immune function and detoxification.


I also used blueberries in this recipe for immune support.  Blueberries are a superfood all on their own!  They are an excellent source of flavonoids, especially anthocyanidins.  This component pushes blueberries to the top of the fruit and veggie line for antioxidant content.  Researchers have found this antioxidant to prevent against Alzheimer’s disease by reducing the amount of oxidative stress on the brain.

I had a professor in college that would tell his students to eat blueberries before big exams…I thought he was joking, but I guess not!

SuperFoods Smoothie

1 cup vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1/2 banana

1/2 cup baby spinach or baby kale

1 scoop wheat grass

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon hemp seeds

~Blend and Enjoy!~

superfoods smoothie ~vegan, gluten-free~