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Arugula, Cranberry, and Your Favorite Protein Salad

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When the weather gets warmer, salads are the way to go. Salads are lighter and don’t heat up the kitchen, but are still packed full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

This salad offers the natural sweet, tangy flavor of cranberries, plus the healthy fat of avocado. You get to add the protein that sounds good to you (or that is leftover in your refrigerator). Options could be sliced chicken breast or a salmon filet, and then you have the perfect dinner for a warm spring or summer evening.

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Arugula, Cranberry, and Your Favorite Protein Salad

This salad offers the natural sweetness of cranberries, plus the healthy fat of avocado. You get to add the protein that sounds good to you.

Category Dinner, Lunch, Paleo, Salad
Compliance Level Kickstart, Lifestyle, Performance
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Sophia McDermott Drysdale


Salad Ingredients:

  • 3 cups arugula salad mix
  • 1/2 avocado sliced
  • 2 tbsp dried cranberries with no sugar added
  • 1/4 cup walnuts or pecans
  • Protein of your choice

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Put all of the salad ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Drizzle the ingredients for the salad dressing on top and toss lightly.
  3. Sit in the shade and enjoy!

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Sophia McDermott Drysdale
Sophia is an athlete, coach, trainer, and mother. Her focus is women's health and fitness, as well as pregnancy and postpartum workouts and nutrition. Her new e-book Spring Into Summer offers a seven-day meal plan with over thirty recipes.

Sophia also offers personalized diet and workout programs on her website, a no-nonsense nutrition eBook, and a free weekly newsletter full of health and fitness tips. Sophia travels the world to teach seminars and she offers Lifestyle camps in Las Vegas.

Her sporting career started when she was four years old as a jazz ballet dancer. At age eleven, she began gymnastics and trained in an elite squad for almost ten years. In 2002, she began Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) and was awarded her black belt in 2010 making her the first Australian female to receive a black belt in the sport.

Sophia competed nationally and internationally, earning multiple state, national, Pan-Pacific, and Pan-American titles, as well multiple No Gi World Champion titles and a World Champion title. Currently, she lives in Las Vegas, Nevada and competes in figure shows. She holds the distinction of being the Overall Unlimited Champion in the Figure division for the NPC federation.

Sophia received her qualification in gymnastics coaching and Cert III and IV for Personal Training. She has worked as a personal trainer specializing in functional training for athletes and nutrition for more than a decade. Sophia travels the world to teach BJJ, women's self defense, and nutrition seminars. She also runs a women's only training program in Las Vegas.