I will fully admit that I am a former unhealthy salad eater. When I ate a salad before, any nutritional value was swept away in the river of processed thousand island dressing, and hiding beneath a mountain or croutons. We won’t even mention the other additions I added to my bowl (as I hang my head in shame), And, of course, I was the iceberg lettuce queen! Don’t try to put romaine, spinach or any type of baby greens in my bowl. I couldn’t have anything THAT healthy or I will have a fit!! For me, the word kale was a dirty, four letter word.
But, as I began eating clean, whole foods, a major salad change began happening in my life. First, I discovered a recipe for a fabulous balsamic vinaigrette that is positively addictive…and this is coming from someone who hated vinaigrette before!
Then I completely switched the type of lettuce I was eating. No more iceberg! Now, I’m not an iceburg lettuce hater…really. But I discovered organic spring mix. A good spring mix contains a variety of greens, such as baby spinach, arugula, radiccio, red and green romaine and chard. Of course, the content depends on the brand. But a good organic spring mix is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, Iron and even calcium. So much more nutritional value packed in those little leaves! Organic is preferred, because you won’t have to worry about any pesticide residue!
There is very little nutritional value in iceburg lettuce. It’s primarily water. So if you are going to choose a green, opt for something other than iceburg! Your body will get more nutrients…and we all need that because nutritional deficiencies are so common!
I now have a favorite salad that I love so much I actually eat it every day. It is particularly good during the warm summer months!
- 2 cups organic spring mix salad
- 1-2 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
- 1 tbsp of blue cheese, goat cheese or feta cheese, crumbled
- sprinkle of pine nuts, sliced almonds or walnuts
- Veggies like onion, cucumber, tomato, carrot, mushroom....pick your favorites!
- Add salad mix to bowl
- Add veggies
- Sprinkle cheese and nuts on top of salad mix
- Drizzle on vinaigrette.