Yesterday’s salad was 80% from my garden. It is exciting to be able to grab the scissors and basket and step out the door, snip, snip, snip, rinse, and eat! I found myself deconstructing my salad for a number of curious fellow lunch goers (it also made for an attractive combination of good food). “I didn’t know you could eat wild rice uncooked!” Yep, sure can. It’s a seed, not a grain. Soak it to soften it up, about 3 days or so, changing the water each day, in the fridge. Not cooking it also preserves many nutrients and enzymes. The more processed a food, the less the bioavailable nutrients and the more trouble can occur in our bodies from the end-processed ‘food’ product. One friend said they love, love to eat salads and could eat them every day. I responded, “you should!” She looked almost shocked, “really? Well I guess I could!” Huh, well now, there’s a good idea.
This salad is absolutely packed, PACKED full of good nutrients, i.e., vitamin A, K, E, C, omega 3 fatty acids, phytonutrients, fiber, energy, and all bioavailable. Your skin, cells, whole body will thank you for these goodies. It is a gorgeous, tasty live long, feel strong nutrient dense salad.
For quantities, it really is to taste. I used a couple handfuls of the greens, and one serving of salmon.
- Salmon, wild caught grilled
- Red chard
- Butter crunch lettuce
- 1c—½c chopped cucumber
- ½ avocado
- 2-3T soaked/drained wild rice
- 1-2T dried unsweetened sour cherries
- 2T Bragg’s Olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic and ginger (that’s it, no sugar, no added nothing, and It’s delicious!) dressing.
Eat with chopsticks to enjoy longer, allow for better digestion and chewing (which also aids digestion by creating more saliva that is rich with enzymes – and makes a ‘sweeter’ taste).
- Desert: dates (good source of potassium)
- Drink: ginger kombucha (great source of probiotics and B vitamins)
Combined, the meal is packed with probiotics, whole foods, good fats, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, fiber, energy, and all bioavailable, it is a live long, feel strong nutrient dense salad.