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Yummy salad for a hearty appetite
January 17th, 2014 | Permanent Link

My sister-in-law and I share a shameless compulsion to devour gossip magazines as though they were feeding some socially depraved part of our brains, and she always gives me her hand-me-downs: old US Weekly and People, at least three or four whenever I see her. And to my surprise, when I was totally bingeing on a stupidly huge stack of them the other day, I actually came across a really great recipe for a hearty salad! And, like, hellooo-ooo, it’s not just any salad. It’s a salad for the stars, of course.

But in all seriousness, this salad (that is supposedly prepared for Beyonce and Jay-Z) looks DELICIOUS. And after being in the fitness industry for seven years and seeing my fair share of salads, whoah boy is that an understatement, it is very rare that I come across a salad that tickles my pickle, and this one tickles the shit out of it. I really like that it has an element of heartiness; the quinoa makes it a great winter salad for active people like myself.

Red Quinoa, Almond and Arugula Salad
(Serves 2)
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup
sea salt to taste
black pepper to taste
4 cups arugula, packed
1.5 cups cooked red quinoa, cooled
1.5 cups cantaloupe chunks
1/4 cup slivered almonds (I like replacing this with cashews or crumbled walnuts–slivered almonds just don’t really do it for me.)


  1. For dressing: Whisk together the oil, vinegar and syrup. Add sea salt and pepper, as desired.
  2. Split the arugula, quinoa and cantaloupe onto two serving plates. Sprinkle with the almonds and drizzle with the dressing.
  3. Step back and marvel at how totally easy that was! Freaking yum! Eat up, and feel wonderful about your healthy choice to make this awesome salad.

This delectable mixture was created by vegan guru and self-proclaimed exercise physiologist Marco Borges. (Disclaimer: I definitely don’t love veganism, but this salad totally rocks nonetheless!) Borges is the creator of “22Days”, which is, um…I haven’t actually figured out what it is actually…

It appears that 22Days (website here) is the name of his brand of vegan, organic and gluten-free bars and…um, other stuff. The name “22Days” is based on the concept that it is said to take 21 days to break a habit. And Borges wants you to be healthier! And break those nasty habits! This is where I do see eye-to-eye with this super green vegan. On his website, he has a list of beliefs that make up his “manifesto,” and many items on the list I identify with deeply, and you should try to also! Check out a couple of my favorites from the 22Days website (there were several more):

  • We believe a list of ingredients shouldn’t need a table of contents. Or a medical dictionary.
  • We believe in a healthy diet, not fad dieting.
  • We believe that a great workout is its own reward.
  • We believe that good fats can help you stay lean, and that “low-fats” can actually do the opposite. **THIS! So very much this.**
  • We believe that success is a byproduct of effort and consistency.
  • We believe in ourselves.

CREDIT: This recipe and its directions were taken from an US Weekly magazine. All other writing was done by Madelyn Fairbanks.

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