Ah I love my lettuce ‘less’ salads! Why? They just have so much MORE to chew on. What a great way to load in the veggies. Ok lettuce is great too, but you can get a lot more food on your plate and it’s a nice change. I also like how the dressing sticks to everything so well.
It’s spring and colors are in full effect. Flowers are blooming, things are coming to life. I even saw my strawberry plants showing signs of life this week in the back yard. Oh I love what’s coming :), warmth, growth and blooming everything.
I felt motivated to chop up some of my favorite colorful veggies, and some strawberries :), sprinkle some soft goat’s cheese and cranberries and drizzle it all with a home made lemon tahini dressing! This one is a no brainer. Just take;
- 1/3 cup tahini (sesame paste)
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 garlic cloves
- 3/4 tsp salt
Blend in a food processor. Keeps for up to a week. I sometimes add extra lemon, as I”m a bit of a lemon addict!? It’s a simple keeper. Even for a veggie dip it works.
Pour and mix your veggies and voila a wholesome, healthy salad to go with your lean protein of choice. I served mine with a breaded, grilled piece of sole. Of course with lemon on top of that too :).
I used broccoli as the bottom layer, steamed. The rest was fresh yellow peppers, tomato, strawberries, goat cheese and cranberries. The touch of sweetness from the berries was perfect and mixed well with the lemon in the dressing.
Vegetables are so full of nourishment. The antioxidants, fiber, phytonutrients and carotenoids. Broccoli in particular is a huge favorite of mine that I almost eat daily. It has anti inflammatory properties, carotenoids, high levels of vitamin C and K as well as folate, to name a few of its assets. The primary anti inflammatory isothiocyanate in broccoli is sulforaphane, found in the heading part of the broccoli. Although the entire broccoli contains all of the other nutrients listed. Let’s just say it’s a great bang for your buck vegetable for any salad. Also amazing in broccoli fritters (check out my IG post for those at guzmananne! kids love them! https://www.instagram.com/p/BSlYTfZlFTK/?taken-by=guzmananne&hl=en )
So go ahead, pick your veggies of choice and make a colorful plate of goodness :).
NSAG – Real Food Real People Real Health