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Family Style Salad.

By Norma Huxter

[From Pages 110-113 of Our Story Magazine • Spring 2022 • Issue No.2]
[PHOTO: From page 102 of Our Story Magazine • Summer 2022 • Issue No.3]

Let's be honest, sometimes salads can be a little...boring. Here's an idea to help spruce them up a little! Serving a salad family-style not only makes for a beautiful presentation, it also provides the opportunity for each person to customize their meal.

This option is great for those living with food restrictions, it works well for young children who may be learning about and exploring different foods, and for those who like to be creative with their food choices.




Starting with some warm and cold base choices, having a variety of fruits, veggies, and proteins, topped off with nuts, seeds, and other topping choices provides endless combinations that a family can enjoy.

For extra flavour, let’s start by preparing the spice rub and the salad dressing for your family-style salad.




  • 1 tsp paprika

  • 1/2 tsp oregano

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

  • 1/8 tsp chili powder


Prepare the Chicken Spice Mix by combining all the ingredients together in a small bowl with a fork or small whisk. Set aside.




  • 2 tbsp EVOO

  • 1 tbsp plain greek yogurt

  • 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup

  • 1 tsp dijon mustard

  • 1/8 tsp minced garlic

  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt or sea salt

  • 1/8 tsp pepper


Prepare dressing by adding all ingredients to a mason jar, and shake to combine. Adjust the sweetness to suit your taste by adding more or less of the maple syrup. Set aside.



Base options

Spinach (or other greens)


Riced Cauliflower




Sweet Bell Peppers


Shredded Carrot




Cherry Tomatoes


Boneless, skinless chicken breast


Sunflower seeds

Roasted pumpkin seeds

Feta or other cheese

Avocado slices

Salad Dressing

Any other salad toppings you enjoy!



  • Preheat oven to 375°F.

  • Rub a small amount of extra virgin olive oil onto chicken, and sprinkle with spice mixture you previously prepared.

  • Place in baking dish, cover with foil, and bake for 35-minutes.

  • Remove foil for the last 10-minutes. This time may vary depending on the weight and size of your chicken breasts.

  • Cook quinoa and riced cauliflower as per package directions.

  • Wash and chop veggies and berries.

  • Place all base ingredients in individual dishes.

  • Arrange veggies, berries, and chicken on serving platter.

  • Assemble individual salads.

  • Add salad dressing or additional toppings as desired.

  • Enjoy!



For a printable version of this recipe, see the download link below for the 2-page pdf. You may save it to your device or print it on 8.5 x 11 paper.

Family Style Salad Printable
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Now it's your turn!

What other ideas do you have for a family style salad? Let us know in the comments!

Be sure and take photos as you prep and enjoy your salad with your family. We would love it if you share about the fun on Instagram and tag us @OurStory.Magazine!

Norma Huxter is a mom, nurse, health and wellness coach, backyard farmer, and outdoor enthusiast. She has a passion for empowering women from all backgrounds, a desire to see those living with trauma be restored, and a mission to help all who desire to live their happiest, healthiest life. She believes that what our world needs to see and feel is love in action, not just in word. Norma lives in Northern Canada with her lovely daughter, and two rescue dogs. You can find her somewhere enjoying the fresh air, creating and eating good food, or curled up at home, where she loves to be most of all.

Instagram: @normahuxter


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