It’s not easy being green, especially if you’re a bag of wilting spinach in my fridge. Not too long ago, you would be hard-pressed to see me finish off a bag of greens before it was reduced to a soggy, moldy mess. No matter how hard I tried, I could hardly manage one measly salad a day. This probably had to do with my very narrow definition of what a salad was: Iceberg lettuce, cucumber, and tomatoes. These days, my salad bowl is definitely more than half full, so, in honour of the greenest of holidays, St. Patty’s Day, I thought I’d dedicate this post to the newest superhero in my quest for a cleaner, greener diet: E’s Simple Super(hero) Salad!
I consider myself a nutrition newbie. I’ve made a lot of great changes in how I eat over the last 5 – 6 years, but it translated into a handful of “healthy staples” that were rotated on a never-ending wheel of boring meals. Sure, these foods were healthy, but there was no variety. Recently, I’ve gained a new appreciation for how easy it is to get the variety and healthy foods I need just through salad alone. My newest creation has been an addiction in the last little while – it’s simple, fresh, and each green component leaves me satisfied and feeling great. I began using raw kale as my salad greens a few months ago. I used to steam it and mix it with spinach, but after throwing it in raw (out of pure laziness), I was hooked on the crunchy, filling, dark leaves. If you haven’t tried it raw, I highly recommend it. The allure of iceberg and romaine lettuce is long gone. I’ve gone to the dark side of green and I don’t know if I’ll ever go back!
E’s Simple Super(hero) Salad
Raw, organic kale
Shelled Edamame (soy beans)
And for some colour, dried, organic cranberries.
Add your favourite dressing (for some reason, I like Newman’s Own Creamy Caesar Dressing, but olive oil/balsamic vinegar is very good, too!)
Optional: I like to add cheese to my salads, so sometimes I will grate a nice, soft cheese like dill harvarti or throw some parmesan on top. You can also add sliced almonds or crushed walnuts!