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Salads Salads and more Salads...

Posted Jun 20 2011 7:37am
Over the last few days and after my first juice in ages yesterday it got me thinking about the staples of my diet and I thought I’d share some of them.

Although it really does vary depending on where I am I honestly have eaten more cooked pizza in Canada in the last six months than I think I’ve eaten in years. However no matter where I am Greens!!! Are a constant for me, I’m make sure I have a great big plate of them atleast once a day.

There’s enough on this blog already about my favourite juices all of which have greens. But as far as salads go there’s not that much so here are some of my favourites...

Goji berry salad
4 to 6 cups of mixed greens (I like different combo’s depending on what time of year it is but bulls blood leaf is always a favourite)
1 cup of goji berries (soaked for around 10 mins)
½ a small onion (I always use red onions I like the taste better but white would work fine)
Handful of pecans and walnuts coarsely chopped

Soak the goji berries in 1/2 cup filtered water to soften them, discard water, then arrange the mixed greens along with onion slices on a large plate.

Dressing
1 avocado
Juice of 2 oranges (medium to large size)
Juice of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon of minced red onion
½ teaspoon of sea salt
Couple of pinches of cayenne

Blend all the dressing ingredients together and pour over the mixed greens then garnish with the nuts and berries.

Kale Salad
I know that kales not really in season just now but I do love love love this salad
3 to 6 large kale leaves (this is totally dependent on the variety of kale)
Jar of sundried tomatoes (if your buying your sundried tomatoes from a supermarket check they are sundried some of them are oven dried)
1 tomato
1 tablespoon of minced red onion
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
Salt to taste (I love loads of salt on kale)
Small handful of pine nuts

Chop the kale into smallish bits and massage to soften. Blend all the other ingredients except for the pine nuts. Mix in with the kale and massage a bit more to soften the kale. Garnish with the pine nuts. I know lots of people aren’t the biggest fan of untosted pine nuts, the salad tastes great with toasted pine nuts as well.

Sprout Salads

This a simple and super tasty salad
3 big handfuls of mixed shoots and sprouts (I like alfalfa, mung, sunflower, pea shoots and sprouted onion seeds)
150g freshly podded peas 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and really finely chopped A good handful of mint leaves 4 handfuls of watercress and or rocketDressing Olive oil 2 garlic cloves peeled 4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar4 tablespoons of olive oil
Blend all the dressing ingredients together add more vinegar and salt if you needed. Toss all the salad ingredients together then dress the salad.
Alfalfa and Tomato Salad Lift a classic tomato salad with Alfalfa.
1 pack of Alfalfa Sprouts or Alfalfa and Broccoli Sprouts
500g ripe plum tomatoes
20g fresh basil leaves
2 tbsp virgin olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Roughly chop the tomatoes and tear up the basil. Combine the oil, vinegar and seasoning, and set aside for an hour for the flavours to blend. Layer with the alfalfa sprouts, decorating with a few on top. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and serve.
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