Creating a salad with bright colors and bites of nourishing goodness is simple and is like bringing sunshine into your kitchen!
You don’t have to buy particular foods and you can pile a huge bowl full of fresh produce in a matter of minutes if you prepare it ahead of time. Even if you don’t have carrots washed and peeled, cucumbers sliced or tomatoes quartered … doing those things can be done in short time.
I turn on music and my vegetables all end up mixed together before I know it!
I have made regular salads for years (it is actually the thing I take to potlucks more than anything else) but I LOVE chopping them up some of the time now. Lauren, (my daughter) used to eat chopped salads at Subway and the whole salad was chopped. Before, I had only chopped certain things up in mine.
If you want to try this, gather any of the following for your base:
* Fresh spinach, Spring salad mix, Kale mix, Romaine lettuce, regular or purple cabbage and/or any leafy greens you like. Try tossing in fresh herbs!
Chop these with a big knife, Ulu (this is what I use the most) or pulse in a food processor. Layer this in your salad bowl/s first or make one big salad every one can scoop from.
* Vegetables: (any/or) – sweet, multi-colored peppers, red or yellow onions, tomatoes, zucchini , yellow squash, beets, carrots (I use a potato peeler to make ribbons of these and then chop them) … cucumbers, cauliflower (I usually blanch this and broccoli first) and just about any vegetable. Cut, chop and top your salad base.
* Sweets: fresh kiwi, apple, dried cranberries, or strawberries. Chop and top.
* Salty: raw nuts, sunflower seeds, celery, seasonings, and/or raw pumpkin seeds. Sprinkle over all.
* Optional ideas: Squeeze one or more citrus juices over everything.
You can use just greens, one or two extras or a lot at once. Just layer and mix. Top with a healthy, homemade dressing.
An idea to maximize your time making salad is to put your green, salad base un chopped in a bag or container in the fridge. Chop your vegetables separately and put in containers or mix them all up and you can thow salads together (or wraps) quickly.