Most of the time, if I’m being completely honest, my go-to lunch or dinner is a big salad. Why? Salads give me the most bang for their buck. They require minimal effort (especially if you’ve prepped some veggies earlier in the week), and they’re full of healthy ingredients and flavours. Fibre, antioxidants, protein, phytonutrients, healthy fats, salads can have it all.


As for the dressing, this one is meant to be fast and easy. Whisk all the ingredients together with a fork and pour on top right before eating. If this is a main course salad (as mine usually are), you may want to add a protein. Grilled chicken, chickpeas or black beans would make excellent options.

Easy Chopped Salad with Avocado and Hearts of Palm

Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Vegan

Yield: Makes 2 large servings or 4 side servings


  • 1 small head of romaine lettuce, chopped, washed
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 can (398ml) hearts of palm, sliced
  • 1 handful mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped


  • 1 lemon juice
  • 5 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 6 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • raw honey to taste (optional)


  1. Combine all salad ingredients in large bowl.
  2. Combine all dressing ingredients in small bowl.
  3. Pour dressing on salad and toss to combine. Serve and enjoy.


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Talia is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Clean Foods Chef, Cookbook Author and Yoga Instructor and Chef Superstar. Talia’s approach to wellness focuses on helping you tap into your unique intuition as you embrace imperfections to facilitate growth and become the best version of you possible.