Do you ever find a meal that you eat over and over again? This salad is the most current one for me. The first time I had a version of it, was after a SoulCycle class. And I think I have had it about a dozen times since.
Back in November, Junior League of LA partnered with SoulCyle to offer a couple free classes with the Hollywood studio. I ended up taking classes back to back for two days. After the election, everyone seemed to need some kind of therapy, well most people I know at least. I felt like I constantly on the verge of a breakdown and had to find a way to cope without downing a bottle of wine, or at least another one.
So luckily, I got a space in the classes. SoulCycle is by no means my favorite class, I am loyal to Flywheels, but it was exactly what I needed that day. SoulCycle was more like therapy those days. You had a bunch of upset people in a dark room, most trying to burn off their rage, and an instructor who was just as upset talking you through the whole situation. I have never felt so lucky to not only live in California, but to live in LA. Where everyone was upset, everyone felt connected, but everyone knew we had each others backs. I never felt so at home and safe in my little LA bubble than I did during that week. And a lot of it had to do with those spin classes, and the salad I had every time afterwards.
I am always so hungry after working out. There was a Shakeshack just outside SoulCycle and before class I had already decided to reward myself with a burger. But the line was long, and I thought I would be good, so I went to the salad place. Best choice ever.
I ended up with a salad I was convinced I was not going to like and regret ordering. I was wrong. I pretty much ate the entire thing on my walk to my car, it was that good. Then I did the same thing the next day.
For better or worse, that is the only location in LA, and the salad, nor anything really, is worth trecking to Hollywood. So I knew I had to recreate it.
I took a lot of liberties on the ingredients, but it has only made it better. I know a lot of people do whole 30, vows to eat better, or starts a “diet” for their “New Years Resolution” and this salad (minus the chips), fits all those boxes, but fills you up and doesn’t taste like cardboard.
While the word resolution in the title mostly refers to the whole diet/healthy eating aspect, it also refers to the resolution of taking on this year, and the three after it, with grace. Each time I have this salad it reminds me of what we all (most) went through at the beginning of November, and that love has to continue to trump hate.
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