Everyone knows that salad is healthy, and it’s a great way to give your body the nutrients it needs. The problem I hear with salads is that it’s boring – iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, and maybe some mushrooms. There is no real texture, it’s bland looking, and the only way to get more flavor is to add dressing which usually negates the healthy intentions of a salad in the first place! Salads are a perfect place to be creative. Remember that your palette desires sweet, salty, savory, and texture. Leafy greens, which are high in iron, calcium, and vitamin a to name a few, form the base of your salad. By adding natural sweetness and juice from fruits, salt and protein in the form of cheese, and using nuts as additional protein and texture, you won’t even need any dressing. This salad is healthy, quick to assemble, beautiful, and tasty – this is what healthy living looks like.
It’s Almost Summer Salad
2 cups of loosely packed greens*
½ cup blackberries, washed
1 blood orange, peeled and sliced into disks
1 oz cambozola cheese cut into chunks
¼ cup pistachios
*I use a mixture of whatever I have on hand – spinach, green leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, etc. I have found that for this salad, using more mild greens compliment the fruit and cheese better. But by all means, if you have kale or arugula and want to use that, go for it! The goal is to incorporate dark green lettuces rather than an iceberg variety which is mostly water.
Calories 396 kcal
Carbs 33 g
Fat 27 g
Protein 13 g
Sugar 18 g