Thursday, April 26, 2012

Bringing Salad's Back


Ever buy a large amount of salad mix because you wanted to add healthy back into your eating habits only to get bored with it after the first salad. Let’s admit it; salads are normally not something that is craved. But I want to let you know salad can be creative, sexy (yes sexy lol) and eaten daily differently without being blah and boring. The catalyst to a good and even great salad is the dressing/flavor that is added to it.

 Now as for the salads ingredients, there are so many veggies that can take you somewhere different each time. Each salad can go beyond the romaine and iceberg lettuces. With mixed greens, baby greens, sprouts, and a plethora of other bases you can’t go wrong.  

Take for example: This salad you see is a warm salad that consist of Kale greens, sauteed red onions, Roma tomatoes and finished with fresh crushed garlic at the end. It was warmed with a little bit of EVOO, a pinch of kosher salt and a squeeze of fresh lemon (quarter sliced). 
 


I also did another take on salad with the infamous pasta salad.  What I did with this one was simple; I took the shrimp garden  salad mix and added a small amount of pasta and tossed lightly with a homemade dressing. This salad was really quick and easy to put together due to most of the ingredients being washed and prepped. Here's the recipe:

Shrimp Garden Pasta Salad

2 cups of cooked pasta
1 cup of broccoli slaw (Trader Joe's)
Cups of medium shrimps (devined, shelled and cooked)
1 cup of snow pea shoots (other sprouts can be used
½ red pepper diced
4 cups of Power Greens (baby spinach, baby Kale, baby chard)
¼ cup of Creamy Mustard Dressing **
Shavings of Cheese (Parm, Parrano, Aged Gouda) – optional
Slivered Almonds, Cashews or Walnuts - optional

Take all ingredients in a mixing bowl and toss. 

Simple, quick, healthy and flavorful is what this salad consumes. The best thing about this recipe is you can add/subtract ingredients that will make it your own. You can even change the dressing to a an vinegar/oil base or tomato base dressing.. Video's post for these two examples to follow this post.

**Now that we touch base on the salad, here's the recipe for the Creamy Mustard Dressing:



Creamy Mustard Dressing

1 cup of Organic Greek Yogurt
2-3 Tablespons German Mustard
¼ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Vegan Vegetable Bullion (Rapunzel)
2 Tbsp Raw Agave
1 tsp dried onions
1 Tbsp 21 Seasoning Salute

Combine all and mix and store in a reusable container.

If the dressing is too tangy for you, add a little more agave to balance it out . 


Enjoy & Happy Eating!


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