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“Sensational Salads”

design                  Salads shouldn’t be plain and boring. They also don’t need to be loaded up with fat and sugar to taste good and be satisfying. We always change up our salad game, keeping it fresh (pun intended) and exciting.  Our children actually request salads at meal time! They get in on the creative aspect as well, designing their own combinations with ingredients they especially enjoy.  Cooking has been proven to strengthen family bonds.  Food is directly linked to memories.  Making your own salad dressing is easy, and allows you the ultimate control.  It is not only cost effective, it is health effective, and that is something you cannot put a price tag on.  Here are three of our favorites. Bust out of that comfort zone, and experiment, switch up your ingredients and have some fun.

 

Tri colored salad:

Radicchio

Belgium Endive

Arugula

Cherry Tomatoes (halved)

Fresh Mozzarella (ciliegine or diced into bite sized pieces)

Dressing: (Balsamic Vinegrette)

1/4 cup Aged Balsamic Vinegar

1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 garlic clove (minced)

1 tsp honey

1 tsp shallot (minced)

2 tsp water

season with salt and pepper to taste

Add vinegar, water, garlic, shallot, S & P, and honey to a blender. On medium/high speed drizzle in olive oil to form the emulsion.

 

Bibb and Arugula:

Bibb, Boston, or Butter lettuce

Baby Arugula

Sliced Almonds

Fresh Raspberries

Thinly Sliced Red Onion

Cucumber

Avocado Slices

Dressing: (Raspberry Vinaigrette)

1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries (blended and passed through a fine mesh strainer)

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 tbl Honey

2 drops Young Living Vitality Lemon Essential Oil

Salt & Pepper to taste

Blend all ingredients, taste and adjust seasoning

Cooks note: Toast almonds in a dry saute pan or oven. Cool completely before adding to salad

 

Asian Salad:

Napa Cabbage

Red Cabbage

Baby Spinach

Shredded Carrots

Scallion

Mandarin Orange or Tangerine segments

Cashews

Chow Mein Noodles

Dressing: Asian Vinaigrette

1/8 cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce

1/4 Rice Vinegar

2 tsp Sesame Oil

2-3 drops Young Living Vitality Lime Essential Oil

1-2 drops Young Living Vitality Ginger Essential Oil

1/2 cup Avocado Oil

1 tsp Honey

pinch crushed red pepper

Blend or whisk all ingredients together. Toast cashews to release natural oils and enhance flavor and texture.

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