These are the essential salad basics for me and my family based on our geographical area… Las Vegas, Nevada. 🙂
3-4 leaves organic romaine, chopped bite size
½ organic cucumber, chopped bite size
½ organic red or orange bell pepper
½ cup chopped raw organic walnuts
1 bunch of cilantro or parsley
1/3 Serrano pepper (optional)
1 bunch of sprouts (see my blog on how to sprout)
1 organic lemon
1 organic lime
A drizzle of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
Fresh cracked pepper, sea salt or Himalayan, salt to taste
You can even add a Jalapeno if you like it spicy. 🙂
Chop and combine all veggies and arrange on a plate.
Cut lemon and lime in half and squeeze over the salad.
Drizzle olive oil over it
Add a dash of salt and pepper.
Add fresh herbs like cilantro or parsley
I use what I can buy organically from our local grocers and farmers market or grow myself. I grow sprouts and when the weather permits, I also grow collard greens and kale outside in a planter box.[br]In this recipe I am using a head of organic romaine, organic raw walnuts, organic cucumber, organic avocado, organic red pepper, organic lemon and lime. And of course my home grown sprouts are organic as well. Feel free to mix it up by simply using what you have. See below the reasons for the choices I made.[br]A little bit of knowledge feeds the soul.[br]I chose Romaine over a more dense green leaf like Kale or collards for this recipe because Romaine is light and spring-like.[br]I use all organic ingredients because when we eat pesticides it can make the body acidic. Therefore all the benefits of the alkalinity from the salad would be canceled out.[br]I use red and orange peppers because they have 6 types of the carotenoids our body loves and they are high in Vitamins C and E (which provide antioxidants and immune support).[br]Walnuts contain omega 3 fatty acids (benefits brain function & skin), fiber, melatonin (sleep support) protein, vitamins, antioxidants. (They really are an awesome super food).[br]Sprouts are packed with Vitamin C and enzymes that give lots of energy![br]Olive oil has omega 3 fatty acids (benefits brain function).[br]Lemons and limes have vitamins, minerals and antioxidants in their juices. Similar to digestive juices, they aid in digestion.[br]Serrano peppers are packed with vitamin C (an immune booster) and vitamin A (good for our eyes).[br]1 cup of Serrano peppers has nearly 80% of our daily need for vitamin C.[br]Cilantro and parsley have the following: antioxidants, fiber, iron, magnesium, phytonutrients, flavanoids, anti-inflamitory, anti bacterial. They also help with insulin and cholesterol levels, etc.[br]I think by now you are starting to see how a salad can be more satiating than any other meal. So next time your body is “Starving” just think I may be starving for nutrients and eat an organic salad. Enjoy!