“A well-made salad must have a certain uniformity; it should make perfect sense for the ingredients to share a bowl.” – Yotam Ottolenghi
SUPER SALAD INGREDIENTS
I’ve got to be honest, I crave healthy food. Long before my breast cancer diagnosis, fresh wholesome ingredients have always been a staple in my life. My husband still loves to tell people about our trip to Venezuala before we got engaged when we were in the jungle, folks ate whatever was available, ALL I wanted was a green salad. That being said, sometimes we get lazy. Sometimes after working and or running around all day and trying to juggle the family’s schedule, we just need to do what is “easy. ” You’re exhausted and the thought of cooking is too overwhelming to tackle. We’ve ALL been there. But the more I live and learn, the more I realize the things that are best for us, are actually the easiest to prepare. I have been experimenting with different ingredients each week to come up with recipes that are anti oxidant rich, and super delicious. This salad takes all of 5 minutes to make, and my youngest requests the leftovers to take to school for lunch. It’s still crunchy the next day!
One of my dear friends since childhood lives far away but is always close to my heart. After a recent visit to LA and going with me to radiation, she sent me this bracelet stamped with a motto I have adopted over the past few months. It reminds me that I am one of the lucky ones who is fortunate enough to have been diagnosed early enough to be able to fight this, and put it behind me. Cooking is very therapeutic for me and is another creative outlet where I get to play and try new things. Trader Joe’s has begun to carry even more organic foods and the bounty for this salad is no exception. I was stoked to see a new bag of greens called “Cruciferous Crunch,” filled with kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage. Cruciferous vegetables are vital to our health, but new studies show that they help lower risks of certain cancers. These come well chopped, but it’s always a good idea to massage kale, so throw your hands in the bowl and make these veggies relax.
Sprinkle a good shake of the Super Seed and Ancient Grain Blend around the bowl. (This yummy mix is also an amazing breakfast with labne or greek yogurt and sliced fruit!)
Toss in two big handfuls each of dried cherries (great source of copper, and essential mineral to aid collagen production needed to keep tissues strong) and pomegranate seeds (loaded with fiber, and vitamins A and K.)
Two handfuls of whole walnuts, see just how powerful they are here.
A nice sprinkling of TJ’s Israeli feta (high in calcium and protein) once you’ve crumbled it up. A simple dressing I make all the time only requires a little for tossed salads, and I can use the batch throughout the week. Add dressing and toss salad so all ingredients are blended together evenly.
For a time of year that is filled with sweets and treats, this salad is simple, filled with nutrients, and beautiful to serve. I am definitely bringing this to my bff’s annual Halloween party pot luck, and I will double the batch. Skip the starchy side tonight, and serve up this yummy side instead. Your body will thank you for it.
1 bag Trader Joe’s Cruciferous Crunch
Super Seed and Ancient Grain Blend
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Red Wine Vinegar
Salt and Pepper
3/4 c Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 c Red Wine Vinegar
Plenty of salt
(store in a glass jar, will keep up to one week)
Shake like crazy to emulsify before using.
Massage bag of cruciferous crunch in the bowl. Shake a generous sprinkle of the seed and grain mix around the bowl. Add equal parts (approx 2 handfuls each) of crumbled feta, dried cherries, walnuts, and pomegranate seeds. Add 2 tablespoons of dressing. Toss together and serve.