Annakate Tefft Recipe

Garbage Salad

By Annakate Tefft Annakate

Recipe Rating:
 3 Ratings
2 as a main dish, 4 as a side
Prep Time:

Annakate's Story

I came up with this salad when I was craving something healthy but hadn't been to the grocery store in awhile to stock up on fruits and veggies. Luckily I had a few things still tucked away! It turned out great and I will definitely make variations of this again. Mix and match veggies, nuts, fruit, dried fruit and grains in this salad to your tastes (or whatever you've got on hand!).


sweet potato
1 c
butternut squash, peeled and diced
onion, chopped
3/4 c
uncooked israeli couscous (or regular couscous, or brown rice)
pieces uncooked bacon
3 c
chopped greens (spring mix, arugula, mixed greens, spinach, etc.)
green onions, chopped
baby carrots, chopped
ribs celery, plus celery greens, chopped
apple or pear, chopped
1/2 c
sunflower seeds
1/2 c
1/2 c
finely grated parmesan cheese (or your favorite cheese)
3/4 c
olive oil, extra virgin
1/4 c
balsamic vinegar
1/4 c
3 Tbsp
dijon mustard
salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions Step-By-Step

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Cut sweet potato into even cubes, with skin left on (more nutrients!). In a small bowl, toss sweet potato, cubed onion and butternut squash with a drizzle of olive oil, kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Spread on a baking sheet lined with foil and roast at 450 degrees for 30-40 minutes (depending on size of cubes) until browned and cooked through.
Meanwhile, boil Irsaeli couscous in water (just like pasta) until cooked but not mushy, about 5 minutes. Drain well and rinse with cold water to cool.
Cook bacon to desired doneness and drain on paper towel-lined plate. When cool enough to handle, crumble.
When potato/onion/squash mixture is done, remove from oven and let cool slightly. Combine with couscous, bacon and all other ingredients in a large bowl.
Mix up dressing ingredients in a small 1/2 pint jar (or other container) and shake until emulsified. Pour dressing over salad (to taste - there will be leftover dressing), tossing to combine. Serve with crusty bread or fruit. So healthy and yummy!

About this Recipe

Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Collection: Healthier Fare
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

  • Comments

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    Barbi Embody ohbarbi - Jan 3, 2012
    Sounds delicious. Needs a better name!
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    Sherri Logan Williams logansw - Mar 30, 2012
    you call this garbage? shame on you. LOL i love this! saved sw☺
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    Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - Mar 30, 2012
    Have to agree with you Sherri! It looks so good! ox
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    Dee Stillwell LILLYDEE - Mar 31, 2012
    It sounds like yummy garbage to me..and yes it does deserve a better name...I bet it would be a great salad to use quinoa in place of the couscous also.
    Nice to meet u Annakate..and for helping make our FL get together even more awesome. : )
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    Didi Dalaba didicoffeegirl - Mar 31, 2012
    This sounds absolutely amazing... you had me at the sweet potato then you threw in the Israeli couscous... OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!1