A balanced lifestyle has never tasted so good with this Roasted Vegetable Grain Salad with Avocado, Feta, and Walnuts, featuring Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.
Chris… some people eat to live, and others live to eat.”
I can’t even begin to count the number of times my mom told me this throughout my childhood. I have always been on the pudgy side of the weight spectrum. Always. Man, I just absolutely love to eat. Always have, always will. My metabolism has never been able to keep up with my ambitious food intake. If only there was an app for that.
And especially now that I’m in my 30s… forget it. So with our Baby Olivia expected to arrive in a short while, it’s important to me now more than ever to be on track with a balanced lifestyle. Exercise regularly (you know how I love to exercise… but I’m doing it!). Eat the right stuff. And this ridiculously easy and super flavorful Roasted Vegetable Grain Salad with Avocado, Feta, and Walnuts lets me do just that.
What I really love about this salad is that you can totally customize it with whatever you have lying around the pantry and refrigerator:
- I used some wild rice and whole wheat couscous, but you could easily swap in some quinoa, brown rice, farro, lentils… you get the idea.
- My roasted veggies here are sweet potato, butternut squash, and beets (and grapes… yes, I know they are a fruit). Have some other veggie love? Rock it. Own it. Embrace it.
- Mix-in walnuts, crumbled feta, chopped parsley, and avocado. Or don’t. You could easily use cherry tomatoes, roasted red peppers, olives, pine nuts, goat cheese… get creative and build some serious flavor.
But of course, the real star of this show that bring all these flavors together? This awesome balsamic vinaigrette. Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing is hands down my new favorite balsamic dressing. The flavor is simple, pure, and pretty darn amazing.
And you know what makes me feel really good about serving this dressing to Asheley (and ipso facto Baby Olivia)? When I flip the bottle around and look at the ingredient list, it’s short. AND, I can actually read and understand all the ingredients on the label. It’s got none of that preservative, HFCS, or artificial flavor/color garbage.
Marzetti® has some legit history. They began as a family restaurant in Columbus, Ohio more than 125 years ago. Customers were all about their dressings, so they began packaging and selling them in stores during the 1950s. You can find Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, as well as a whole bunch of other great flavors, in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store.
And then you can get your whole grain and veggies on… and be living the balanced lifestyle dream 🙂Print
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