NOT JUST GREENS
After a visit to the local farm, I couldn’t help but come home with a bag of fresh produce. One of the best ways to eat healthy is to prepare your fruits and veggies ahead of time and have plenty of additions to make your salads interesting. Having said that, this coming month is all about the salads.
The best part about salads is the variety that you get. All you need are some basics and from there you can specialize within the basics. Mix and match all kinds of awesome combinations. The possibilities are endless.
This month I may be able to draw you to the dark side, or at least the colourful, fresh, crisp side. Mix and match from the following categories to create your own, personalized salad masterpieces.
Part of the fun is assembling the salad.
layered arranged in a pattern
chopped served on a bowl
on a plate in a mason jar
More colour, prettier salad.
beets heirloom tomatoes alfalfa artichokes cauliflower
red onion carrots pea shoots heart of palm kale
radishes cucumber broccoli peppers leeks
cabbage lettuce (so many) kohlrabi spinach celery
avocado corn mushrooms arugula endive
Add a bit of texture and crunch.
Contrast of flavours to a traditional salad.
apples blackberries mango
pears raspberries papaya
watermelon strawberries kiwi
blueberries grapes pomegranate
peaches oranges cantaloupe
Try out a specialty food shop and choose from cow, sheep and goat milk cheeses.
kefalotiri blue cheese
bur rata sweet cheese (they exist!)
Will keep you full longer.
eggs tuna lobster (if you want to get fancy)
chicken salmon chickpeas
beef prawns turkey
pork scallops tofu
sausage crab beans (kidney, adzuki, falafel, lentils, etc)
Where the flavours are.
olive oil and balsamic vinegar
add herbs (basil, thyme, parsley, cilantro, sage, mint, oregano etc)
add flavours (dijon, saffron, lemon, garlic, chilli, zest, capers, etc)
salt and pepper
others (yogurt, juice, mayonnaise, flavoured oils and vinegars, peanut butter, etc)
Because it is satisfying.
sweet potato croutons
brown rice bulgar
quinoa wild rice
With spring officially here, you may consider popping into your local farmer’s market and picking out something you have never tried, or experimenting with a couple of things.
Keep in mind that those beautiful salads are often times not low in calories BUT you will be getting some good nutrition from it vs. eating something fried with the same calories. The World’s Healthiest Foods has some great suggestions to start you off on things to choose plus you can find out specific nutritional value as well. Be creative and have fun!
The world is your salad bar!