Eating more vegetables was one of the biggest challenges of starting the autoimmune protocol for me. I mean, I’d been a vegetarian for almost ten years, but like many vegetarians, I mostly ate beans, grains, and fruit… with the occasional bit of green inside a sandwich or mixed in with some pasta or something. I liked vegetables okay when they were put in front of me, but if I was going to go out of my way to make something, it was always carb-heavy. I had a heck of a sweet tooth back then. So getting into the habit of prepping vegetables instead of granola bars or sandwiches… well, just took some getting used to. Like any habit, I guess! Salads were one of my favorite tools for the transition. They’re so simple to throw together and there is lots of green stuff in this Bacon Apple Salad with Lemon-Ginger Dressing! Lettuce, apples, avocado, chives… it’s a great start for making healthy food both palatable and convenient. And who knew homemade dressing could be just as good–if not better than–the stuff you can buy off the shelf for four times the cost of making your own? Replace the bacon with some cooked, chopped chicken to make it an entree salad instead of a side salad, and you’ve got yourself a meal!
Struggling to Start the Autoimmune Protocol?
Living with chronic illness can be isolating enough without overhauling your lifestyle, often without the full support of family members who don’t want their diets to change. But you don’t have to go through it alone. SAD to AIP in SIX, from Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and author of The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook Angie Alt, will coach you step-by-step through the transition from the standard American diet (SAD) to the autoimmune protocol (AIP). The six-week course includes coaching from Angie and her team, support from your peers in the program, and reference materials–it’s an incredible bargain compared to private health coaching sessions. If you’re struggling to make the change to the AIP or feeling isolated on your health journey, this is the program for you!
- 4 cups mixed greens
- 1 cup green apple (diced)
- 1 cup avocado (chopped)
- 2 strips bacon (cooked and crumbled)
- 2 tablespoons green onion (sliced)
- In a large bowl, combine all salad ingredients and toss well.
- Separately, combine all of the dressing ingredients and pour over salad before serving.