Salads are my staple. They are just so easy, simple and the possibilities are just endless. You can dress up a salad with either an amazing dressing, or with some creative ingredients. Just like this goji green salad.
Salad never has to be boring again.
I encourage a lot of my patients to either remove grains or greatly reduce grains from their diet. Because of this, the standard daily sandwich, wrap or sushi is ruled out. Enter the salad as your staple. Now to keep things interesting we want to move on from the typical lettuce, tomato and cucumber variety of salad. Not only for taste, but for nutrient intake. By adding a variety food groups such as vegetables, nuts, seeds and berries to a salad, then you are adding protein and healthy fats, as well as nutrients and minerals.
So what is the nutrient profile of this salad?
We are using goat’s feta for our primary protein source. Goat’s milk is easier for us to digest than cow’s milk as it’s molecular structure is more similar to human breast milk than cow’s milk is. For those with a true milk allergy, goat’s milk still contains lactose and casein so it needs to be avoided. If you are one of those people who gets a bit of an upset stomach from cow derived dairy products, then it can be worth giving goat’s milk products a try. I use Meredith’s Farm goats feta.
We are getting a good dose of essential fatty acids and vitamin E from the hemp and sunflower seeds. The leafy greens and snow peas are loaded with pretty much every vitamin and mineral. The goji berries are considered to be one of the most nutrient dense foods on the earth. They contain all the essential amino acids (protein), vitamin c, carotenoids (antioxidants) and 21 trace minerals. Add to this, their anti-fungal and anti-bacterial actions, this ancient berry has proven it’s super food status.
Keep checking in and I will keep the creative salad idea’s coming.
- • 1 cup mixed salad leaves
- • 1/2 cup snow peas omit of following FODMAP diet
- • 1 tablespoon goji berries
- • 2 tablespoon goat feta crumbled
- • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
- • 1 teaspoon olive oil extra virgin
- • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- • handful fresh parsley roughly chopped
- Trim the ends off the snow peas and slice them diagonally.
- Place the salad leaves on your plate and top with the snow peas.
- Sprinkle the feta, hemp, goji, parsley and sunflower seeds over the salad.
- Whisk together the olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Drizzle the dressing over the salad.