Monday, October 28, 2013

Bejeweled Superfood Salad

Juice cleansing was a nice little tune-up for my digestion and my taste buds.  I've been sticking to lighter foods, mostly fruits and vegetables.  Breakfast has been green smoothies, gigantic salads for lunch, and soup and/or salads for dinner.  

I usually feel a pretty significant dip in my energy levels as the days get shorter and the Oregon gray skies move in for the winter.  I'd like to do more to prevent the seasonal slump this year.  Sticking with unprocessed foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds will help keep my mood and energy level in a better place.



I made this salad for lunch a few times last week.  I kept thinking that it looks festive, and would be nice to serve at a holiday gathering.  It's packed with nutrients and I thought it was really satisfying, thanks to the tahini and pistachios.  

Bejeweled Superfood Salad

1/2 bunch green curly kale, washed, stems removed, and chopped into 1 inch pieces
1 small lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons tahini
5 romaine heart leaves, chopped into 1 inch pieces
1 cup broccoli florets, chopped very small
2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
2 tablespoons pistachios
1/2 cup microgreens

Whisk together the tahini & lemon juice.  Massage into the kale for a few minutes.  Add chopped romaine and broccoli to kale mixture, toss to coat with dressing.  Top with pomegranate seeds, pistachios, and microgreens.  


This salad is a nice, light lunch by itself, or would be great with a butternut squash or sweet potato soup.  

I'm submitting this recipe to the Healthy Vegan Friday recipe link-up over at Carrie On Vegan.  If you haven't checked it out yet this week, it looks like there's a nice collection of Fall eats.  

I hope your Monday is off to a nice start.  I'll be back in a few days with another salad a Fall inspired soup creation.  Until then, have a great week. 



10 comments:

  1. That is an incredibly gorgeous Salad. I'm new to your blog, so you might have covered this before, does your new hubby share your love of vegan/healthy eating?

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    1. Thank you! Yes, he's vegan and he'll eat almost anything that I make. He makes really good vegan food, too. He's not as much into the health stuff as I am, but if it tastes good he'll eat it, regardless of the health qualities.

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    2. Also, he eats mostly gluten-free, for solidarity :)

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  2. This salad is gorgeous!! I love the combination of the pomegranate and the pistachios too! It looks so beautiful and I bet the texture and flavor is next level amazing. Definitely going to have to give this one a try for sure!

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    1. Hi Sarah! Can you believe this is the first time I've tried pomegranate in a salad. I've been missing out.

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  3. When I saw this recipe on Healthy Vegan Friday, I had to stop and hop by. I am a big fan of salads and I love to experiment with ingredients and recipes. I love your blend of tastes and textures in this recipe.
    I made a salad for lunch today with watercress, chick peas, dried cranberries, avocado, red onions and quinoa--and it was quite tasty and filling. I am definitely going to try your recipe!

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    1. Deborah, Thanks for stopping by! Your salad sounds delicious. I love every ingredient you listed :)

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  4. One of the most beautiful salads I've ever seen..Love the pistachio and pomegranate seeds.
    Saw you on Healthy Vegan Friday..

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  5. This is absolutely gorgeous! I now want to get my hands on some pomegranate seeds (I love them).

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