12 Colorful Paleo Side Salads

It’s been a rare occurrence in my food-focused life, but every once in a while, I have the thought: “Grrrr… I’m too busy to eat!”

Like I said, it’s rare.

What’s more important than food?! But it does happen.

When food becomes a must-do, rather than a want to, I try to make our meals—and the associated shopping and food prep—as simple as possible. There are two ways I’ve found to do that: (1) Follow a meal plan so there’s no thinking required; just a big Cookup day. (2) Go back to basics with some nice protein (grilled or baked chicken, bunless burgers, roasted pork loin) and a bright, colorful side salad.

These salads are fresh, bursting with bold flavors, involve very simple prep, and will make you happy to be eating, whether you’re in crunch mode or la-la-la-ing your way through a relaxing day.

Snap Peas with Lemon, Mint, and Pistachios

Lemon-Maple Kale Salad with Dates and Almonds

Thai Yummy Salad

Thai Pink Grapefruit Salad

Simple Red Cabbage Salad

Spring Chopped Salad

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Herb “Rice” Salad

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Sweet and Salty Broccoli Salad

Belly Dance Beet Salad

 Moroccan Orange Salad

Turkish Chopped Salad

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