Assembling Super Salads

IMG_4764Eating raw is growing in popularity and I see how raw food really does a body good from digestion to providing energy to maintaining a healthy weight.  It is recommended that you eat raw food to start off your meal to aid in digestion and absorption of vitamins, minerals and other good stuff.  While it takes a great deal of effort and dedication to prepare and stick to a full raw diet, you can start enjoying portions of most meals with a lot less time investmentThis is where salad comes in.  Here are some tips and tricks to make your salad tasty, easy and sometimes fun to make.

The salad as a whole is greater than the sum of it parts.  Experiment with different combinations of veggies that are in season in your local area. Lettuce is easy to grow in many climates and don’t forget the sprouts you are growing in a mason jar in the kitchen without light or soil.

IMG_5326TIP: Use a cheese grater for more hearty vegetables like beets, carrots and radishes.  The size and texture will allow you to sneak in these ingredients as they blend so well.

Every salad needs a good dressing to bring it all together.  Try a simple vinaigrette which is 1 part vinegar or lemon juice to 3 parts oil.  I choose apple cider vinegar because of its anti-inflammatory benefits.  Here’s a video on how to make a simple vinaigrette:

I use a hand-me-down “Good Seasonings” bottle and a newer version with an integrated mixing blade to make my dressings.  Once the bottle is nearning empty, add more ingredients to change the flavor but keep the 1-to-3 ratio of vinegar to oil.  Try adding fresh ingredients such as minced basil, cilantro, shallots, dijon mustard or dry ingredients such as salt, pepper, garlic powder, cumin, hot chili flakes, smoked paprika (gives it a bacon flavor), seeds, nuts or whatever strikes your fancy.  Sample the dressing and if it is not to your liking, ammend.  If this is not your bag, Whole Foods has a variety of organic salad dressings from $2.49.

IMG_5325Continually change up your salad and dressing ingredients to keep it fresh and new or find a winning combination and stick with it. 

TIP: Save time by prepping tomorrow’s lunch salad while prepping the dinner salad.  Just store the lunch salad in a convered container and bring a side of your dressing.

IMG_3477How do you keep your salad’s fresh and interesting?  I can always use new ideas. – GreenUp! Guy

 

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