One of my favorite meals in the summer when its hot is a salad. Easy to make, healthy, and filling. At least the kind I make! Be creative and change it up every night. My kids don't agree with this though. I'll ask them what they want for dinner and they will say, “Anything but a salad”.
You can add quinoa, beans, tofu, nuts, and seeds to make it a complete meal. I guess I'm just a fan of the one dish meal. Maybe this will be my blog topic next month!
I'll share with you what I put in my power salad. I do encourage you to be creative and try different things. I will also share my version of green goddess dressing. When I make salad dressing I really focus on trying to only use healthy fats and keep it real with whole food ingredients. You can't really go wrong.
In this salad I used mixed baby greens. Spinach, kale, and arugula. But like I said use what you like. I like to chop it up so its easy to devour.
Some sweet red peppers chopped up. Yellow and green also work or even roasted red!
Shredded carrots, in this salad I used purple ones just for the added color. The more color the better, eat the rainbow!
Brussels sprouts sliced thin. Adds some great crunch and what a power house of a food! Lots of fiber. Potassium, B vitamins, protein, vitamin C, and the list goes on. This is why I sneak this one in everywhere. They're great in wraps also.
Mushrooms. They add some substance and meatiness to a salad or any dish and also have tons of health benefits. Loaded with minerals and yes, they also have protein!
Chives, I love the flavor and the color! One tablespoon of these babies contain 3 percent of your daily value in vitamins A and C. Done!
Tomatoes, beautiful color and the sweet taste. I would add these even without the health benefits.
Watercress. Another powerhouse. 'm growing this in my little container garden this year. Watercress contains more Iron then spinach, more calcium then milk, and more vitamin C then oranges. Bosh!!!
Pumpkin Seeds. Loaded with magnesium, zinc, plant based omega 3's, and 2 tablespoons contain 5 grams of protein.
Chickpeas, for some more added protein.
So here is my powerhouse salad. Give it a try, you are sure to be unstoppable.
Now for the Green Goddess Dressing.
What do I need?
1 avocado, peeled with pit removed.
1/3 cup tahini
½ cup chopped spinach
2 tablespoons of cilantro or parsley
1 large shallot
2 tablespoons of soy sauce or tamari
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons of lime juice
salt and pepper to taste
sprinkle of cayenne pepper
2 garlic cloves
½ cup coconut or almond milk
1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast, optional
Use water to thin it out if needed.
What do I do?
All you need to do is put everything into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Will save for a day or two in fridge.
Enjoy and Take Care of You,
Xo Tina, Daisy, and Max