A Salad a Day, Keeps the Doctor Away!
Over and over again, studies prove the enormous health value of a diet filled with fresh vegetables
and fruit. Besides their anti-oxidant, cancer-fighting properties, fresh produce consumption protects the heart, and aids in preventing diabetes type II. In addition, fresh vegetables and fruits strenthen our immune system by creating pro-biotics that fight off bacteria. Veggies and fruit are loaded with minerals and vitamins. In Fact, scientific studies bear witness to the suspicion that produce has many more vitamins that haven’t even been discovered yet!
For help with weight loss, the fiber in produce helps to stave off hunger for hours after eating. And,, fiber helps to flush away fat!
Following Are a Few of My Easy, Economical, Tasty Salad Recipes
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1.Everday Salad 2.Tabbouleh & Quinoa 3. Asparagus Salad 4. Cabbage Garbanzo Salad 5.Barley Corn Salad
- One head of Romaine Lettuce
- Half a Cucumber, sliced
- Half a Tomato, cut in half, then slices
- Two Slices of Red Onion, chopped
- One Apple, quartered and sliced
- One Avocado, peeled and sliced
- Five or Six Baby Carrots
- One or Two teaspoons Capers
- One Tablespoon Slice Black Olives
- One Package Crumbled Feta Cheese
- Store-bought Balsamic Vinegraite Salad Dressing
This salad is prepared on the plate(s). I don’t believe in preparing salad in a bowl. If any is left over, it NEVER tastes fresh the next day. Preparing in on the plates enables you to prepare just the right amount with no leftovers.
Put the lettuce leaves on plates first, then add the cabbage leaves on top. Layer the rest of the
ingredients in the following order: chopped red onion, tomatoes, cucumber, apple, avocado, capers and olives. Place the baby carrots around the edge of the salad, like a border. Top it all with crumbled feta cheese. Pour over all with desired amount of balsamic vinegraite dressing. Note: this is my “basic” everyday salad that I add variety to. You can add last night’s left over chicken or fish. You can dress it with anchovies, or sardines. Leftover salmon or meatballs work also! Add a baked potato or cooked rice or quinoa. Be creative! Bon Appetit!
2. Greek Tabbouleh Quinoa Salad
This Easy Gluten-Free Tabbouleh
Adds Color to Any Meal
Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl. Add a sprig of parsley for garnish. Cover and chill for one hour before serving. Serves four. Bon Appetit!
(Note: Parsley, being a dark green vegetable, is dense in phytochemicals which aid in cancer preventio. Raw vegetables are superior because many vitamins get lost in cooking.)
3. Irresistable Asparagus Salad
So delightfully fresh, it’s hard not to dive into a plate of this in front of you!
- 1-1/2 lb. fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
- 1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
- 1 tsp. each zest and juice from 1 lemon, divided
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/2 cup Traditional Crumbled Feta Cheese
Bring about 1/2 inch water to boil in large skillet. Add asparagus; cover. Simmer 3 to 4 min. or until asparagus is crisp-tender; drain. Rinse asparagus with cold water; drain well on paper towels.
Mix mustard and lemon juice in small bowl. Gradually add oil, whisking constantly until well blended and thickened.
Place asparagus on plate; top with mustard sauce, cheese and lemon zest.
4. Garbanzo Cabbage Salad
The fastest salad in the West!
- 1 1/2 cups cooked garbanzo beans
- 1tsp capers
- 1 ripe avocado peeled and cut in pieces
- 2 cups shredded red cabbage
- 1/2 cucumber sliced
- 1⁄2cup pitted olives
- 1⁄2 cup sun-dried tomato, chopped
- 1 -2spring onion, chopped
- 1 -2tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
- salad dressiniceg of choice
Mix all ingredients except salad dressing in a large bowl. Then pile it on a plate, and top with dressing.
5.Corn and Barley Salad
- 1 cucumber, sliced
- 1/2 tsp capers
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 cup cooked corn
- 2/3 cup cooked barley
- Dressing: combine 3tbsp white wine vinegar, 1tbsp water, 1 tbsp oil, 1/2 tsp basil, 1/8 tsp pepper
- Mix all ingredients in bowl. Marinate 20 minutes
- Serve and enjoy! Serves 2.
compliments of Mayo Clinic Tasty Meatless Meals