This hearty and healthy bowl is my take on one of my favorite takeout grain bowls. It’s full of protein, grains, and vegetables. I make a big batch and eat it all week!
Like most people, this past year my husband and I have been drawn to restaurants and casual takeout places that either have a drive thru or excel at carryout. One of our favorite places when we’ve craving a salad is Mad Greens, mostly because they are a salad place that has a drive thru – who knew that existed!
I stumbled upon their Belgium Bowl because I love roasted brussels sprouts, and I knew I had to recreate it at home because as much as a I hate to say this, we can’t eat out all the time. I am so very glad I did replicate it in my own kitchen because when I was grabbing a quick dinner from there the other day, they told me they no longer have it on their menu! Ugh. I was just having this conversation with my husband and mom the other day – I must pick the crazy food things to fall in love with because everything I become attached to gets taken off the menu/shelves. Does anybody remember the vanilla yogurt Cheerios? Yeah, probably not because they were only around for a short while. Or Lays’ Lattice Cut Aged Cheddar and Black Pepper chips? Also got the heave-ho. Anyway, if you were one of the few who loved this grain bowl, now you can make it at home.
This salad bowl would make an amazing on-the-go lunch for work or a picnic. It’s vegetarian but still loaded with protein in the form of quinoa and pecans. Plus brussels sprouts are a good source of fiber and a great source of Vitamins C and K. The original salad has goat cheese, but you know my love for feta so I had to do a swap, and I am definitely not sorry. The feta holds up way better than goat cheese, especially if you are planning on eating this salad throughout the week.
Giving this salad a try? Let me know how it goes! Also, I would love to hear your favorite salad places, what your go-to order is, or your favorite salad to make at home.