Friday, 14 September 2012

Simple Salad

When I want to make something quick and healthy, a salad is the best bet. I buy pre-washed mixed greens that are in tubs from the grocery store. I used them as my base and I put a few items into salad and add a homemade 2-step dressing and it's done, simple.

1-2 cups of greens
Sliced baby carrots
1 cubed avocado
Chopped nuts, optional*

*Candied nuts: crush up some almonds, pecans or walnuts, add them to a frying pan with some butter and maple syrup. Roast for a few minutes and cool.

My dressing is: a slash of balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil, a dash of salt and pepper (to taste), and a clove of minced garlic, mixed together well. 

This salad is good as is as a side salad to a noodle/pasta dish, meats, fish, poultry. If the salad is a main meal, I add smoked salmon or roasted chickpeas on top of the salad for some protein and a few pieces of baked pita chips, rice or quinoa on the side to round out this salad to make it a complete meal. If the rice or quinoa is warm, I love mixing the green salad into the warm grains. It makes for a easily digested salad. According to ayurvedic traditions and yoga, warm meals can better for the system and promote the fires of proper digestion. In any case, I love, love, love a warm salad.


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