I have a formula to make a fabulous salad that is full of raw crunchy vegetables with a touch of sweet to make it more palatable.
At home we call this ‘Salad for the Week’ because I fill a large bowl with this nutrient dense combination of raw vegetables and we can all grab a bowlful for lunch and dinner. It’s so popular though that it rarely lasts 3 days never mind a whole week.
Salad for the Week
1 Large head of Lettuce
Wash and spin dry the lettuce then tear it into pieces for the salad base. A thicker crunchier lettuce is better and will hold up for a few days. Choose romaine or a thick leaf lettuce.
1 Bunch of Dino or red kale, not green Kale
Wash the kale then run a small knife down the rib of each kale leaf to remove the leaf from the rib. Tear it into small 1 inch pieces and add to the salad. Adding Kale to your lettuce makes it much more nutrient dense.
2 Broccoli Crowns
Chop the broccoli crowns into small ½ inch chunks and add to the salad. This is important because broccoli has so much nutrient density in each bite.
2 Carrots, Grated
The grated carrots coat everything with a slightly sweet, softness that makes the harsher vegetables more palatable.
2 Red Bell Peppers Sliced in slivers
These add a beautiful sweet red crunch.
1 Granny Smith or Pink Lady Apple
Chop the apple into small ½ inch pieces, squeeze a lemon over the apple and toss it then drain the lemon out. The lemon will keep the apple from turning too brown.
Apples add a different, sweet dimension to the salad. Don’t use a soft apple or it will turn to mush.
Wash, dry, chop, grate and rip each ingredient into a large bowl. Cover the bowl with a damp clean kitchen towel and refrigerate. The towel helps to keep the salad fresher.
Now when you are looking for lunch or dinner all you have to do is grab a large handful of salad and add some nice dressing with good fat, a high quality.
Be Creative with your salad next week
Cabbage, thin sliced onions, fresh berries or pomegranate seeds? Pecans, walnuts, raisins and can be added at the last minute for more flavor.