I am well known in dinner and lunch circles for my salads. I love bringing a beautiful, bright, and nutritionally packed salad to share with my friends and family. It’s the perfect side dish for any meal.
I’ve been re-reading Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss, Revised Edition and I am loving it! His latest book, Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease Free is on my Christmas list.
Dr. Fuhrman has inspired me to pack even more nutritionally dense foods into my family at every meal. So a jam-packed salad is a perfect way to do it. My kids aren’t big on salads yet so I just put a small serving on their plates and hope for the best (how do you get your kids to eat salads?).
Here’s what we love on our salads these days (next to an amazing dressing of course):
Roasted or raw beets (shredded if raw)
Chopped purple cabbage
Raw or roasted nuts and seeds
A mix of greens: usually kale and romaine
Grated carrots or sweet potato
Cooked or sprouted beans
Roasted root vegetables
Leftover cooked quinoa
Craving a salad yet?
I created this salad dressing using my favorite soy-sauce or tamari substitute. Coconut Aminos is a delicious alternative for those of us who are sensitive or allergic to soy products. I buy mine online through Upaya Naturals.
I also included lots of apple cider vinegar after reading about the amazing health benefits at Cook It Allergy Free.
Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free Rustic Dressing
2 cloves finely chopped or minced garlic
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
6 tablespoons Coconut Aminos
1/8 teaspoon of stevia
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
sea salt and pepper to taste
1. Combine the garlic, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard and Coconut Aminos in a glass jar.
2. Stir in stevia and then taste. Add more stevia if you’d like a sweeter dressing.
3. Add olive oil and stir until well combined. Season with sea salt or herbamare and freshly ground pepper.
4. Toss into salad and enjoy. This dressing will taste even better the next day.
Yield: Enough for one big salad