my favorite salad

Well, I think it’s high time for a salad, don’t you?

This isn’t really a “recipe” per-say, but it’s my number one lunch that I probably eat four times a week and for quick late dinners after yoga. I love the combination of flavors and the way it actually fills me up, rather than those other sissy salads comprised of simply lettuce and carrots that leave me starving ten minutes later.

This is sort of a different type of recipe post, but I promise I’ll be back in full force soon. I’m currently traveling around in East Texas with limited access (if any) to the Internet and soaking up time with family and friends.Β  Thanks for understanding!

So first, you take some romaine. I use one head for one salad.


Chop, chop, chop!

Then, SECRET INGREDIENT!, drizzle lettuce with white balsamic vinegar.

Zap a sunshine burger (or any veggie burger) in the microwave for a minute.

And while that’s cooking, get tahini out of the fridge. Man, I love tahini…so much more than hummus! Especially this one from Trader Joe’s.

Scoop a big ol’ spoonful of it on your white balsamicy greens….

And then crumble your veggie burger on top!

Now, take a ridiculous amount of goat cheese (or feta) and toss it on top. You can never overdo this part. Get crazy!

And……squirt sriracha generously over everything! This salad is nothing without sriracha. It combines perfectly with the tahini sauce and is ridiculously addicting. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya.

There you have it! Let me know how you like it…I can’t get enough! I always finish my meal with (unpictured) chocolate and it keeps me full all afternoon long.

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    December 26, 2011 at 3:25 am

    Salads like this are great anytime, but especially after the holidays when one too many cinnamon rolls, slices of chocolate cake, or Christmas cookies have been sampled…not that I would know or anything πŸ™‚

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    December 26, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Yum! Sounds like a winner! Hhaha πŸ™‚

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    December 26, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Ahhh….sounds so refreshing after weeks of heavy foods! So wonderful to get a Christmas hug from you, Jenna! Safe trip back to CA! Love, Kay

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    December 26, 2011 at 6:13 am

    I like spice but that’s a LOT of sriracha! πŸ˜‰
    I do something similar with TJ’s veggie masala burgers. You can put those things on anything and it tastes good!

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    December 26, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Mmmmmmm sriracha…..

    I love this idea, but I think I might mix the sriracha with the tahini. I eat it straight on certain things, but for others, I mix with with sour cream. (Try that some time!) It’s delicious on baked potatoes, fried fish (like fish sticks or fish fillets) and burritos, among other things. I think the tahini would “cut” the sriracha in the same way.

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    December 26, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Even tho this doesn’t look like a salad I would eat, it is so wonderful to see a vegetable! lol I am ready for fruit and vegetables!

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    December 26, 2011 at 7:08 am

    I’ve never thought of using plain tahini or sriracha on salad! But I am sorely in need of a salad after all the rich Christmas food. This looks delicious. Enjoy your travels and time with your family!

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    Leslie Means @ Her View From Home
    December 26, 2011 at 7:17 am

    This Nebraska girl has (gasp!) never tried a veggie burger! I know I know!! Think it is time for me to do just that! πŸ™‚

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    December 26, 2011 at 7:31 am

    This look sooo good. When I saw the picture I thought that you had put Falafels on your salad. Oh, I bet that would be so good on their. Probably not as healthy though unless you bake them.
    Thanks for the recipe I can’t wait to give it a try. I could use a little salad in my life right now.

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    katie @KatieDid
    December 26, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Sounds incredible, I love tahini drizzled over just about anything. My tahini is much more liquidy than your appears. I could use a hugh jass salad right about now too!

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      December 26, 2011 at 6:23 pm

      That Trader Joe’s Tahini sauce is a blend of ingredients not just straight up tahini. This one has tahini, lemon and garlic. It’s soooo incredible — you should try it now!! πŸ™‚ I’m truly obsessed with it and could eat it on almost anything!~

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    December 26, 2011 at 8:23 am

    This is just what I need after eating my face off this holiday!

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    amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    December 26, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Mmm … I love simple “cooking” for 1 recipes. Throw in goat cheese and I’m sold!!!

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    December 26, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Yuuuuummmm. Looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it! I remember your lunch posts back when you first moved to California: you made me fall in love with veggie burgers and hummus on my salads. πŸ˜€ Merry Christmas, Jenna! Enjoy your vacation!

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      Narconon Fresh Start Reviews
      October 11, 2013 at 5:54 am

      I made a small batch of these today. I am just learning how to bake and they are delicious. They are so soft and easy to make. I am wondering, what would be a good substitute for amaranth flour? I have teff, brown rice, millet, and chickpeas flour. Also, can I omit baking powder or substitute with something else? I am just not sure how my son will react to baking powder.
      narconon fresh start

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    Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    December 26, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I was with you, until you added the cheese. I know I know, I’m crazy … but I’m not a big fan of goat cheese or feta. But I bet it would still be yummy without the cheese!

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    Deanna B.
    December 26, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Enjoy Texas! I’m having this salad for lunch with one of the Trader Joe’s Indian flavored veggie burgers.

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    December 26, 2011 at 10:35 am

    This looks like a great salad! I’m sorry, you may have already answered this- or you may not want to say online- but being from Texas, my curiosity has finally got the better of me- where in Texas is Adam from?

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    December 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm


    I’m currently reading a book that makes me think of your blog. It’s called “The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie.” I think you would enjoy it. Merry Christmas!


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    December 26, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I love Sriracha, but I’ve never thought to use it in a salad.

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    Sarah (I Dream of Beets)
    December 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    That’s all that is on the menu for me. Salad. Salad. Salad.

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    Shut Up and Run
    December 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    My kind of lunch or dinner. What is wrong with CO that we don’t have a Trader Joe’s???

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    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    December 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    You definitely read my mind with this post. It is DEFINITELY time for salad!

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    December 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Aside from the veggie burger (I just….prefer fudgy-yolked hard-cooked eggs), this salad is right up my alley. Tahini/sriracha/white balsamic vinegar are lovely ingredients, and they’re deeelish together. I can’t wait to eat colors that don’t come from sprinkles and rainbow cookies this week… πŸ™‚

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    December 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    You have NOOO idea how amazing it is that you put this salad up here! I literally eat almost the exact same thing three times a week! I thought I was the only one into that Tahini!!!!

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    Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!
    December 26, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    This is happening this week! I love eating salads for lunch but have a hard time coming up with combinations that keep me full! Thanks for the wonderful idea and I noticed those veggie burgers were gluten free. I haven’t found any gluten free burgers I like so I’m pumped to give them a try! πŸ™‚

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    December 27, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Yum! This looks really good and simple. Quick thing: it’s “per se” not “per say.” Sorry, I’m a grammar/spelling nut!

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    Kristin @ FoodFash
    December 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Great salad combo! I love sunshine burgers and their teeny tiny ingredient list!

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    December 27, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    This is different than a typical recipe post, but I really liked it! It’s something I’ll actually make, like tomorrow. Thanks!! Enjoy East Texas!

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    December 28, 2011 at 8:20 am

    I make a very similar salad, except I use Texas Pete instead of sriracha. I’m going to get wild and try the latter now. πŸ™‚

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    {Cristin Ashley}
    December 28, 2011 at 9:00 am

    This looks delicious! I have most of these ingredients, so I’ll try it today. Thanks, Jenna! I hope you had a great holiday!

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    Nicole @ Giraffelegs
    December 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    ohhh hot.
    That is my kind of salad.

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    December 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    thank you so much for posting this! i love all of your recipes, but i especially love something so easy and quick to do!

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    nicole @ I am a Honey Bee
    December 29, 2011 at 7:05 am

    that salad looks amazing!!!

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    December 30, 2011 at 5:02 am

    what a wonderful flashback to your old school blog days. I love when you share the healthy side of your life-we know you have great balance and hope to see more healthy recipies in the new year!!!

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    December 30, 2011 at 5:03 am

    LOVE your healthier side…hope to see a good balance in the new year of some of your healthy “finds” and recipies!! xo

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    January 1, 2012 at 7:24 am

    You’ve finally convinced me to try veggie burgers. The thought of eating them as a ‘burger’ never appealed to me but crumbled on a salad sounds yummy. I don’t eat meat or chicken so I’m looking forward to trying something new…Thanks Jenna!

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    January 1, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I love Trader Joe’s tahini sauce! Great idea for a salad!

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    January 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    This salad has become my go to salad for lunch or a light dinner! Thanks so much for sharing. I would have never thought to put this combo together, it so good!

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    January 4, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I’m on my second day of eating this salad. I’m obsessed!! I love that it’s filling, but doesn’t weigh me down. Thanks!!!

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    January 5, 2012 at 10:21 am

    This looks like my kind of salad! I’m making it tonight. It’s perfect for my “after the holidays detox” diet! I have NEVER tried sriracha – so wish me luck!

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    Courtney Lilly
    January 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    YUM, sounds delish–especially as I practically refuse to eat a salad unless cheese is involved. I love your blog, and feature it on my blog roll on my blog called
    Living Well 7. Cheers! Courtney

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    January 6, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I tried this out last night and it was delicious! It’s not a combo I had thought of, and a great break from my usual (boring) salads.

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    January 10, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I’ve been making this salad for lunch this week and I LOVE it! Thanks for providing an easy, healthy lunch solution.

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    Dirty Knees
    January 14, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Okay…finally tried this…love it! But what on earth made you put this combination together?

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      January 14, 2012 at 11:22 am

      because it was all I had in my kitchen at the time so I just threw it together and it tasted amazing!

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    January 14, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Ok, wow, I just made this salad for lunch and I think it changed my life?! Haha I used a Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burger and it was glorious. I plan on eating this every day possibly?? Thanks so much for the recipe! πŸ™‚ -Liza

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    Cole Jones
    January 18, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Thanks so much for presenting Sunshine Burgers with such style. And your white balsamic, tahini, sriracha dressing was inspired. I’m going to bottle some of that and keep it handy!

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    January 21, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Just made this salad and I loooove it!! I added some baby heirloom tomatoes and shredded carrots too. Love these simple recipes for one person. Thanks a lot!

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    Leslie Fisher
    January 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Just had this salad for dinner, and it was delicious. My lips are tingling with siracha happiness. Thanks for sharing!

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    February 9, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Jenna! I just made this salad to take to the office for work and I can already tell it’s a winner. I’ve been looking for a gluten AND soy free veggie burger for a while & I’m super excited that I heard about Sunshine burgers from you! Have a lovely day πŸ™‚

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    March 10, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I made this with grilled chicken and added avocado instead of the veggie burger – delicious!!! great combo!

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    April 30, 2012 at 11:19 am

    This has definitely become my favorite salad! It lights my mouth on fire every time and I LOVE it. I’d highly recommend making it with Emily’s chickpea hummus burger from Daily Garnish!

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    May 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I consistently make this now .. for months!

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    August 9, 2012 at 5:44 am

    I’ve tried this salad twice and LOVE it. It got my attention as soon as you mentioned tahini. I also prefer it much more than hummus. It is decadently delicious and so good to know everything in it keeps my body humming. thank you!!

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    April Knight
    January 9, 2020 at 8:04 am

    Looks great!!
    This is my favourite salad – Mustard green salad
    3 Tomatoes small
    1 cup Mustard Greens
    2 Lettuce Leaves big
    5 Walnuts
    1 tsp Olive Oil
    1 pinch Salt
    1 pinch Black pepper
    1 tbs Dressing

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