New Year’s Eve Healthy and Protein-Rich Salad Ideas

Content reviewed by Donna Gates
Written by Body Ecology on December 29th, 2023

This holiday season, you can bring special moments through delicious and healthy holiday dishes.  Whether you’re hosting a gathering or bringing a dish to share this New Year’s Eve, toss in some healthy and simple protein-rich salad recipes that you and your loved ones can dig into?

Salads can be a meal in themselves. They can be made with raw or cooked and chilled ingredients. They are simple to prepare, adhere easily to food-combining rules, and can be a staple in a health-building diet.

Here are a few recipe ideas for nutritious and tasty salads that you can easily whip up.

chicken salad

A. Classic Protein-Rich Chopped Salad



1 large head romaine lettuce, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1 cup jicama, peeled, diced
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded, diced
1 cup sliced arugula, tough stems removed
1 cup thinly sliced napa, savoy or other soft
cabbage, parboiled, chilled, chopped
(see sidebar)
2 cups celery, diced
3 cups turkey breast, diced
2 tablespoons scallions, chopped


1 teaspoon garlic, minced
2 teaspoons shallots, minced
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
1/8 cup raw, organic apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
11/3 cups organic, unfiltered olive oil
½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt, or more to taste


1. Toss all salad ingredients in a large bowl and chill.
2. Whisk dressing ingredients in a small bowl and
chill for at least one hour.
3. Toss dressing with salad ingredients just before
serving in large individual salad bowls.


How to cut lettuce for a perfect chopped salad

chopped salad

1. Wash and spin dry romaine lettuce leaves.
2. Stack leaves and cut lengthwise into strips about ½ inch wide.
3. Turn the stack and chop leaves into 1/2 inch dice.

B. Turkey Salad



4 cups cooked turkey, chopped into bite-size
1 cup red onion, finely chopped
1 cup celery, finely chopped
1 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
Mixed field greens


½ cup raw, organic apple cider vinegar
½ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt
1 cup organic, unfiltered olive oil
1 teaspoon xanthan gum (optional)


1. Blend vinaigrette ingredients in a small bowl.
Slowly whisk in olive oil and xanthan gum, if
2. Toss all ingredients with the vinaigrette in a
medium-sized bowl. Refrigerate several hours to
marinate flavors. Serve over mixed field greens.

If you’re searching for more salad recipes, here’s what Body Ecology suggests:

protein rich steak salad






Grilled Steak Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette 






The Great Side Salad


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