If you feel your salad days slipping away, turn back the clock by treating yourself to a super salad.
I start by a mix of baby greens and/or spinach.
Add chopped or whole vegetables (beets, onion, chive, garlic, asparagus).
Add chopped or whole fruit (strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, bell pepper, olives, apples, corn, citrus).
Add beans, nuts (seeds), tofu or meat (chicken, fish, almonds, walnuts, macademia nuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds, chashews, pecans, chia, poppy, flax, garbanzos, kidneys, lentils, black beans, etc.).
Include some dairy (cottage cheese, shredded cheese, crumbled feta or goat’s cheese).
Consider something fermented (sourkraut, pickles) or drink Kefir or Kombucha with your salad.
The point is that most of the components of this salad are raw. Preserved beets are good for color. The chicken, fish, and tofu can be baked or preserved/fermented. Perhaps you prefer your nuts sprouted. Some things are great roasted (corn, garlic, peppers, asparagus).
Top it with a bit of homemade salad dressing. All you need is three parts oil and one part acid. The oil I usually use is olive and the acid part can be vinegar or citrus juice. I recycle old bottles to shake up the emulsion after adding salt, pepper and other spices to compliment the salad.
I make these super salads in a big bowl, and they restore my vitality. I feel like I’m eating well and I don’t feel hungry. The fiber and vitamins in the vegetables and fruits coupled with the protein and good fats in the dairy and beans, nuts, tofu or meat and dressing provide a total complement of nourishment for your active lifestyle.