Let’s talk about salads – the color, the crunch, an endless choice of fresh, crisp veggies.
(Ok, you had me at crunch.)
Eating one huge salad a day can literally change your life and make a huge difference in your overall health. Eating raw veggies does great things for your body, like helping out the digestive system, by providing tons of fiber, while nourishing your body with phytochemicals – which are those great antioxidants and other micronutrients that strengthen your immune system, fight cancer and just generally work to keep us in tip-top shape.
So how do you make a daily salad? Well, one way would be to go to a store’s salad bar and load up while trying not to drain your wallet. If you go that route, try these 10 hacks to do salad bar surfing on the cheap. Another (far less expensive) way would be to prep a salad for 3 – 4 days all at once.
Once you commit to eating a salad every day, streamline the process – and keep things fresh (both the veggies and the flavor)! Let’s start with the basics.
To make room in the fridge, shred a few days worth of cabbage and carrots and refrigerate them in airtight Ziplock bags. This way the work of shredding is contained to two days each week, and there is less room needed for storage.
A.B.C.: All beans count! Take several different types of beans and create your own mix. Some favorite combinations: black beans and corn, or red beans, garbanzo beans and black beans. Store them in glass dishes so they are ready to scoop out each day to toss atop your salad.
You can change up your salads as easily as changing your shoes by letting different types of cuisine inspire you. To help you get started on the road to creating incredibly delicious main-dish salads, download our, Perfect Salad, free infographic. It is your guide to making salad quickly, plus it gives you flavorful recipes for three nut- and seed-based dressings to try.
Feeling a little Tex-Mex today? Make a dressing using avocado, lime, and garlic. Kick it up a notch with cayenne pepper. The infographic features the recipe (and you’ll also find it below). Or try a citrus dressing with a hint of Asian flavor (we give you the recipe for that, too). Your flavor profiles can change from week to week and your salads will never get boring if you change up the dressing now and then. To save time, make a week’s worth of one or two kinds of salad dressings on Sunday and refrigerate them in mason jars. They’ll easily keep a week because the vinegar keeps them from spoiling.
Easy Salad Dressing Hack: Looking for a healthful dressing that doesn’t involve kitchen appliances? Then you’ll love our Easy Balsamic Almond Dressing. Here’s what you’ll need:
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon raw almond butter
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
1/8 teaspoon dried basil
Whisk water, vinegar and almond butter together until mixture is smooth and almond butter is evenly dispersed. Mix in remaining ingredients. NOTE: Feel free to experiment with other raw, salt-free nut butters, spices and vinegars to create salad dressings as unique as your fingerprints!
One quick note: Nutritarians know not to use calorie-laden oils in their salad dressing. But Dr. Fuhrman also advises against fat-free salad dressings. Why? Fat helps your body absorb beneficial fat-soluble phytochemicals, like carotenoids – so using a fat-free salad dressing severely limits the health benefits you could obtain by eating salad. For that reason, all Dr. Fuhrman recipes and convenient bottled salad dressings are made using the healthy fats of nuts and seeds.
Timesaving tip: Looking for a healthful dressing to top your salad, but need the convenience of a bottled dressing? Dr. Fuhrman’s line of scrumptious salad dressings are a great way to top your veggie masterpiece! These dressings contain no added salt, refined oil or preservatives, and are made from organic, whole food ingredients. Choose from Walnut Vinaigrette, Blueberry Pomegranate, Orange Cashew, Sesame Ginger, Tuscan Herb and Almond Balsamic
Ready to try your hand at salad-building? Here’s that easy recipe for Tex-Mex Salad with easy Avocado Dressing – just one of the choices that’s featured on the infographic:
For the salad:
6 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
4 cups mixed baby greens
1 cup cooked black beans
1 cup frozen, thawed corn kernels
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/4 cup chopped red onion
For the dressing:
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pit removed
1/2 lime, juiced
1 small clove garlic
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
Pinch of cayenne pepper, or more to taste
Place dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss with desired amount of dressing.
Remember – the infographic is just the starting point! Feel free to experiment with the member center’s 410 (and counting) recipes for salads, dressings, dips and sauces. Choices range from hearty choices such as Broccoli and Chickpea Salad to simple, fruity combos like Dr. Fuhrman’s Patriotic Salad. Feeling adventurous? You’ll love the mildly exotic Beet and Fresh Herb Vegetable Salad, which features optional edible flowers! Want to add some hearty beans and grains? Try our Lentil, Quinoa and Clementine Salad. Let your imagination – and Dr. Fuhrman’s Nutritarian Recipe Database – guide your taste buds to new places.