Yes, a simple green salad can be a healthy snack in its own right. Most people confine green salad as a lonely side dish at dinner time, but I think many miss the point. I am sure people on low carb diet or Paleo diets will be delighted to hear that a simple green salad can pack a punch in terms of delivering on fibre, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants! There is a plethora of various leaves available in the supermarkets right now: you can go as fancy or as simple as you wish. There is nothing better than tucking in to a pretty bowl of super leaves of various tastes and textures and making your snack a super bowls of nutritional goodness.
Ingredients: (1 portion)
– 1 table spoon of cooked quinoa
– 1 baby gem lettuce
– large handful of raw spinach
– 1 sprig of green onion
– 1 handful of rocket leaves
– 1 table spoon of extra virgin olive oil
– juice of ½ lime
– salt and pepper to taste
1. Thoroughly wash all your lettuce and salad leaves under the running water. If you are using pre-packed salads, then it is also a good idea to give the leaves a rinse as pre-packed salads are bacteria breading houses!
2. You can roughly chop your greens, however, to make the salad stand as an independent dish I suggest keeping most leaves whole.
3. Put washed greens in a salad bowl, add cooked quinoa and mix thoroughly.
4. Chop green onion, add to the salad bowl and mix again.
5. In a separate bowl mix the juice of lime and olive oil adding salt and pepper to taste. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix really well. Don’t let the salad sit for too long as the dressing will cook the leaves wilting them soggy. Enjoy!
To make your green salad really stand out I strongly suggest playing firstly with tastes: oppose your bitter greens like Romaine, rocket and watercress to something very mild, sweet and crunchy like baby gem hearts, butter lettuce or lambs lettuce. If you feel like you are really turning into a rabbit then feel free to add another dimension of crunch to the leaves by adding a handful of chopped nuts – almonds, pistachios and sunflower seeds work wonders in simple green salads adding a great deal of healthy unsaturated fats as well as protein. This is a bonus to anyone who is on a vegan diet plan or trying to incorporate more plant protein into their nutrition. And of course, don’t forget to play with your dressing – it can take your salad onto another level of healthy with great dressings!
Wishing you a great health and Bon Appetite.
Disclaimer: please consult your health care practitioner or doctor if you experience any health problems before making drastic changes to your diet and daily eating habits.