Whoever said salads are boring certainly never tried my salads!
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I'm not talking iceberg lettuce with pale tomatoes and dried out cucumbers - there's very little nutritional content in salads like that anyway not to mention very little creativity.
Here are 2 of my most favourite salads - they are nutrient dense, exploding with flavour and I can guarantee these recipes will change the way you think about salads.
Rice & Bean Salad With Cashews
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp gluten free tamari
3 tbsp olive oil
1 - 2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
a small pinch of salt & fresh cracked black pepper
2 cups cooked brown rice (more if you want some for leftovers for the next day!)
1 cup canned kidney beans or chickpeas (eden organics uses BPA free cans)
3 green onions
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/2 cup raw cashews, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp hemp seeds
Mix together lemon juice, tamari, olive oil, garlic, oregano, cayenne, salt & pepper in a medium-sized salad bowl. Let stand 30 min if possible.
Mix together all other ingredients and pour dressing over top. Toss to combine. Best eaten at room temperature.
I like to top mine off with a little extra cayenne pepper (I like the heat) and some sliced avocado!
Nutritionist's Notes: This salad is packed full of protein, fibre, complex carbohydrates & healthy fats! I used this recipe for the participants of my 10 Day Online Detox. It's vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free & will totally satisfy you!
Mean Green Broccoli Salad
1 cup broccoli florets, washed well
1/2 cup cucumber, diced
1/4 cup celery, diced
1 green onion
1 avocado, sliced
1/3 of a bell pepper, diced
2 tbsp sprouts (I use a mix of sprouted lentils, adzuki beans etc.)
2 tbsp each of raw sunflower seeds & slivered almonds
1 tbsp hemp seeds
Valerie’s Salad Dressing
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp gluten free tamari
1 tbsp dijon grainy mustard
a hit of 100% pure maple syrup
2 tsp nutritional yeast (optional)
2 tsp garlic powder
sea salt & black pepper
Blend or whisk together
Nutritionist's Notes: This is a raw, gluten-free salad that is SO nutritious for you. Broccoli is a rich source of Vitamin C & K because of this it's wonderful for anyone suffering from chronic inflammation. It's a great vegetable for detoxification & provides a major dose of antioxidants. Sprouts are chalk full of minerals like iron, magnesium & phosphorus as well as protein & are really easy to digest. As if that wasn't enough, because this salad is raw, it's enzyme rich.
One of the best part about salads is being able to LOAD them up with nutritious foods! They can be served warm or cold and are so easy to take to work the next day for lunch!