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If you're in the mood for a summery salad that fits within your Paleo diet, the Niçoise-ish is a delight just waiting to be assembled and served. The mix of ingredients lends a beautiful balance of color and flavor.

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Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 2 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

2 cups chopped purple cauliflower

2 cups chopped asparagus, trimmed

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar

1 clove garlic, crushed

1/2 teaspoon stone-ground mustard

Salt and pepper to taste

1 head romaine lettuce, chopped

1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced

1 cup sliced bell peppers

1/2 a small red onion, thinly sliced

1-1/2 cups cherry tomatoes

1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced

Four 5-ounce cans wild-caught tuna in water

3 hardboiled eggs, shelled and quartered

  1. To blanch the cauliflower and asparagus, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the cauliflower and asparagus and let them boil for approximately 2 minutes, until they’re just tender. Drain them in a colander and run under cold water to stop the cooking.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Toss the remaining ingredients in a bowl and drizzle with the garlic vinaigrette.

Per serving: Calories 564 (From Fat 290); Fat 32g (Saturated 6g); Cholesterol 199mg; Sodium 636mg; Carbohydrate 26g (Dietary Fiber 9g); Protein 44g.

Recipe courtesy Arsy Vartanian, author of Rubies & Radishes

This recipe has been vetted by the team at Whole9 and is considered acceptable for a 30-Day Reset Paleo cleanse.

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