PSA: Chopt Creative Salad Co. will sell you their salad dressings! If you live near and frequently enjoy a Chopt, you are probably just as excited as I am right now! That, or you’ve known about this for years and are wondering how I’ve just now caught on. If you don’t live near a Chopt, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about and think I’m weird for being this excited about salad dressing. I am, indeed, weird, but that’s beside the point.
Let me start over – Chopt is a make-your-own salad bowl place with which I have been obsessed for MANY years. Until recently, I could only enjoy these magnificent salads when I visited Manhattan because there was not a location anywhere near me. Fun fact, I once looked into franchising a Chopt in Atlanta because I wanted it THAT badly. Unfortunately, they don’t franchise and my dream was crushed.
HOWEVER, after many years of thinking and hoping and wishing and praying, a Chopt has now opened in Atlanta! I was there the day they opened, and pretty much every day since. “Salad” is now a line item in the budget and I’m pretty sure my skin has a distinctive green tint from all the chlorophyll.
Needless to say, my obsession is real, but my bank account just can’t handle the daily $15 salads (I mean who am I, Rockefeller?). So upon learning that Chopt will sell you a bottle of any of their salad dressings for only $5, I was SOLD to the lady in green. I promptly rushed right over to my neighborhood Chopt fully prepared to buy all of my favorites. I excitedly told the cashier which dressings I’d like to buy and she looked at me like I had three heads. It turns out this Chopt location is so new that the employees didn’t know they sold dressings either, so we all learned something that day! The next thing I learned was from the manager, and it was that in order to buy the dressings you have to come early in the day before they sell out. It was 5pm and there were no more bottles for sale that day. Soul crushed and tail between my legs, I vowed to return the next day. I did and I lived happily ever after, the end.
In all seriousness, this new found revelation has inspired me to make so many salads, bowls, and wraps which make for light and healthy meals in this summer heat! I’ll be sharing them all with you here, so if you live near a Chopt, buy some of their dressing and enjoy these super quick and easy recipes. If you don’t, fear not! I will always include a copycat dressing recipe so you don’t miss out on the fun!
The first recipe I want to share is my vegetarian quinoa bowl with garlic yogurt dressing!
I used organic rainbow heirloom quinoa and topped it with avocado, cucumbers, radishes, spinach, lemon juice, and crispy brussels sprouts. I tossed the brussels sprouts in a little bit of olive oil and salt and used my Philips Air Fryer to crisp them up (post about how much I love my air fryer and how I use it coming soon!). I served the bowl with the quinoa and brussels sprouts warm, but it would be just as good with cold quinoa as well!
I topped off my bowl with Chopt Garlic Yogurt dressing, which is only 15 calories per serving but still oh so creamy and delicious! If you don’t have a Chopt near you, you can find a similar dressing recipe HERE, c/o The Spruce Eats.
I hope you enjoy! For a sweeter yet equally #instagramabowl recipe, try my fruit and yogurt breakfast bowl!
- 1 cup uncooked heirloom quinoa
- 1 lemon (juiced)
- 1 avocado (sliced)
- 1 cup spinach (chopped)
- 1/2 cucumber (sliced)
- 3 radishes (sliced)
- 2 cups brussels sprouts (trimmed and halved)
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- sea salt (to taste)
- Chopt Garlic Yogurt Dressing (to taste)
To cook quinoa:
-rinse raw quinoa thoroughly under cool water
-bring two cups of water to a bowl
-stir in quinoa and turn down to a simmer
-cover and cook until all water is absorbed, stirring every 5 minutes or so (~12-15 minutes)
-remove from heat and fluff with a fork
While the quinoa is cooking, prepare the Brussels sprouts:
Toss with olive oil and sea salt and cook for 10 minutes at highest heat in Philips Air Fryer*, shaking once halfway through
Stir the lemon juice into the cooked quinoa
Top with avocado, spinach, cucumber, radishes, and cooked Brussels sprouts
Finish with Chopt Garlic Yogurt Dressing**, to taste
*If you do not have an air fryer, you can also prepare the Brussels sprouts in the oven by cooking at 425°F for 30 to 40 minutes, shaking every 10 minutes for even browning
**If you do not live near at Chopt and cannot purchase their dressing, you can find a copycat recipe HERE c/o The Spruce Eats