Once upon a time, I lived in a hellish salad limbo. I was stuck in a vicious cycle that only consisted of the same three boring salads- I'm looking at you, Coleslaw, Garden, and Caesar. In this dark time of vegetable monotony, I decided to take charge of my own destiny. I set out to create a salad that was eclectic yet nutritious, and wouldn't leave me hungry an hour after consumption. I have accordingly dubbed it as the "cycle-breaking salad" (try saying that three times).

What makes this salad so special is that it contains all three primary macronutrients as well as some extra pizazz:

-The turkey bacon and manchego cheese provide protein.

-The avocado, olive oil, and almonds are perfect sources of healthy fats. 

-The sweet potatoes give us lil' somethings we all know and love called carbs (with a remarkable boost of fiber!)

-And if that wasn't enough, flax seeds, apple cider vinegar, kale, and sprouts are basically the Avengers of the food world, possessing a unique array of superpowers that combat any evil trying to harm your body (aka, a cold).

"Cycle-Breaking Salad" Recipe

  • Prep Time:25 secs
  • Cook Time:45 secs
  • Total Time:1 min 10 secs
  • Servings:1
  • Easy


  • 2 to 3 sweet potatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 strips turkey bacon
  • 14 oz baby kale
  • 2 oz sprouts
  • 1/2 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • Copious amounts manchego cheese
  • any other add-ins you would like ie: cherry tomatoes
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 avocado
  • For the sweet potato spice blend:
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 pepper
  • salt to taste
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  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 450 F. Peel and chop sweet potatoes into wedges (the yellow color is because they are Japanese sweet potatoes!). Place in a pan and drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil.

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  • Step 2

    Combine all the ingredients for the spice blend in a bowl. Sprinkle contents of bowl on the sweet potatoes.

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  • Step 3

    With gloves on, massage the sweet potatoes to ensure each wedge is evenly coated with the oil and the spices- this is the trick to extra flavor fries!
    Pop the tray in the oven for 40 mins or until golden-brown.

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  • Step 4

    Gather your ingredients for the salad dressing.

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  • Step 5

    Start by smashing the avocado in a bowl using a fork, then add all the other ingredients of the dressing. Keep stirring until combined.

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  • Step 6

    Cook the two strips of turkey bacon until nice and crispy.

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  • Step 7

    Dice the avocado that garnishes the salad.
    #spoontip : the easiest way to get even cubes is to run the knife along the avocado while keeping the skin intact. Then just scoop the cubes with a spoon.

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  • Step 8

    Gather all the add-ins that will garnish the salad (nuts, bacon, avocado, manchego, flax seeds, etc...). Add any other toppings that you want! Be spontaneous! I added cherry tomatoes because I'm WILD. Just remember to chop everything into bite-size pieces, you crazy child.

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  • Step 9

    This is where it gets fun. Get creative!! Build your salad however you want. Channel your inner salt bae and sprinkle your garnishes in an insta worthy manner. I believe in you, young grasshopper.

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Finally, enjoy the beautiful mess that you have created. Happy eating!!