How yummy is your salad?

by Julie on February 16, 2010

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Are you sure to eat a healthy lunch each day?  Sometimes the lack of time and ideas result in not such great choices.  I find that a little planning and some great shopping at a good grocery store make it a whole lot easier.  Today my lunch salad looked so fresh and tasty that I had to snap a photo with my iphone (I didn’t have my camera with me).  Having made a special visit to a Whole Foods grocery store while on the mainland (Vancouver BC) yesterday I found some fresh fixin’s for my daily salad that got me excited to show you.  Here we have mache which is a slightly peppery leafy green- it’s the small round looking one – like spinach but smaller,  in little bunches.  I also used a nice curly leaf lettuce and some pea shoots.  I love having avocado everyday so that was a nice addition and upon seeing that it was so green I added some gorgeous organic raspberries that I also picked up at WF. The lime & ginger dressing was ready as I had made it for dinner last night – so yummy!  I also nibbled on a slice of toasted sprouted whole grain bread slathered with hummus and slices of roasted tomatoes ( also from WF) to round out my lunch maintaining about a 80-20 alkaline balance. The greens are incredibly alkalizing and energizing, the avocado gives me my omegas and the hummus provides a nice dose of protein. All in all an enjoyable and easy lunch to prepare.  What did you have for lunch today?  Was it a nice healthy choice or will tomorrow be a better day?

Here’s the dressing recipe.

Lime & Ginger Salad Dressing

Ingredients

juice of 1/2 lemon
juice of 2 limes
1/3c sunflower oil
fresh very finely grated ginger
1/2tsp honey dijon mustard
pinch salt
pinch of fresh ground pepper
sweeten with agave til desired- approx 1-2 tbsp.

Method Combine all ingredients and shake or wisk and store in refrigerator for up to 3 days. This sweet lime dressing is lovely with any greens and adding things like mango or papaya with avocado and some nuts  (I have even added shrimp) is really nice and will certainly impress guests.  You can bump up the omegas in this by adding a 1-2 tablespoons of flax oil or hemp oil or even Udo’s 3-6-9 Omega oil. Always taste your omega oils first before adding to a dressing so you know if they will complement the flavour.  Once I had a lemon flavoured omega oil and didn’t realize and it didn’t mix with the flavours I was creating- kinda messed up my plan.

If you you love this dressing, double it for lunches – it makes your salad so tasty that you’ll be salivating for your yummy lunch at your coffee break!!  I love this dressing with just plain greens as a side dish to roasted veggie pasta like this recipe.  When I eat delicious salads like this that really only take a few minutes to whip up I a feel so healthy.  I also have a calm feeling as I go about my day knowing that I am eating consciously for my body and for the planet.

ps. I also snuck in a visit to Pottery Barn where I picked up the gorgeous linen hem stitched napkin- don’t you love nice linens? I do!

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Merissa February 26, 2010 at 4:36 am

I can’t believe this great picture of your super salad was taken by the iphone! Wow!

Julie February 26, 2010 at 8:58 am

I know, it amazed me too! I had the shoot already and realized I had forgotten my camera at a friends so what could I do? I remembered another site where many, many of the amazing photos were taken with an iphone so I thought since my camera wasn’t handy I would try it-usually they turn our rather dark or fuzzy. But not this time:) It’s all about the light and how you take advantage of the natural light by reflecting it back on to the objects being photographed. You should try it! Thanks for noticing:)

wini March 1, 2010 at 1:33 am

What a wonderful salad! It looks delicious. I never thought of adding raspberries to an avocade and greens. You’ve inspired me to try out this recipe! Wini (BYW) :)

Julie March 1, 2010 at 9:50 am

Thanx Wini! I eat lots of salad so I get really creative and a little sweet in the salad is so yummy esp with the lime dressing- I can’t get enough of this dressing so I always make a double batch. The more salad we eat the healthier we’ll be since greens are incredibly powerful and packed with chlorophyll. We shoot for 70-80% raw veggies and greens in a day between juicing, salads and veggie sticks and feel great for it!

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