Spring Salad Bowl with Fried Nori and Rice – Vegetarian

Spring Salad Bowl with Fried Nori and Rice – Vegetarian 

Hi and welcome back to Ria Lives Well!

I believe in lots of simple ingredients that come together to create a medley of flavor. I also believe in spring salad bowls that are inspired by one of my favorite places to eat, Cafe Yumm.

Since returning to South Florida, I haven’t had a Yumm Bowl in a while. Little did I know, this humble restaurant chain only serves in two states: Oregon and Washington.

Naturally, my decision not to buy Cafe Yumm’s biggest jar of Yumm! Sauce (a blended mystery sauce that can be likened to a healthy version of McDonald’s super sketch “secret sauce”) before leaving Oregon is a decision I regret, hmm…let me think… ev-er-y-day. Just follow that Yumm Sauce link, look at those jars stacked in their slanted row, and you’ll understand why it’s so hard for me to let it go.

But then I realized how easy it is to recreate my own Yumm Bowl, even without the Yumm Sauce.

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So my version, the Spring Salad Bowl, isn’t as fancy as Cafe Yumm’s popular bowls, but on the plus side, it didn’t take long to prepare, and it was every bit as delicious as I expected. And then some. Now let me show you just how easy it is to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • Lettuce
  • Fresh Spinach
  • Tomatoes (chopped or diced)
  • Avocado (thin slices)
  • Cooked rice*
  • Lima Beans* (frozen)
  • Corn* (frozen)
  • Garlic Dressing or Hummus (optional)

Directions:

*Prepare rice in advance, following these instructions on how to cook rice perfectly.

*Cook Lima beans according to instructions on the box.

*Prepare corn according to instructions on the box.

Slice your tomatoes and avocado, choosing an amount to your liking. In a salad bowl, add lettuce and fresh spinach to your choosing (I used roughly one handful of both). Add avocado, tomato, prepped Lima beans and corn. Add cooked rice. While the rice is still warm, shred fried nori over the rice. The steam from the rice will nicely soften the nori.

To replace to the Yumm! Sauce, add a creamy sauce/dressing of your choosing. I went with Marie’s Italian Garlic salad dressing. To keep this spring salad bowl vegan, you can also add a few teaspoons of hummus.

Before adding a creamy element, sprinkle on a small amount of salt and pepper over your salad bowl to help bring out the flavors. Then after a few dollops of sauce, dressing or hummus of your choice, you’re ready to enjoy nature’s bounty.

Don’t forget to stay hydrated!

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After my Spring Salad Bowl, I enjoyed an ice cold bottle of water with sliced lemons. It was so refreshing. These days when I go to the gym, I find that water quenches my thirst but doesn’t give me the necessary energy to keep going. So instead of plain water, I’ve been adding fruits for a boost of natural sugar and a boost of needed energy.  Lemon water has worked like a charm!

But there is one other drink that works better than everything else, and it’s also my latest obsession. The “BIG REVEAL” will be included in my next blog post, but you can head over to my Instagram, where I’ll soon upload a sneaky peaky. 🙂

~Live Well!

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