Eating healthy can be delicious and this Immune-Boosting Chopped Salad recipe will make a believer of anyone. This salad gives our immune system a boost and is packed full of phytonutrients that nourish the body on a cellular level. Eating a diet rich in raw fruits and veggies decreases inflammation and promotes alkalinity in the body. When our body is in an alkaline state, we thrive. When we are in an acidic state, we are susceptible to dis-ease.
Let’s look at the potential benefits of eating this salad. Lettuce is a source of silicon which allows the body to metabolize and absorb calcium effectively. Broccoli is a rich source of calcium so combining the two veggies together in this salad creates synergy. Adding lemon or lime to your salad helps break down the walls of the plants so the body can better absorb the nutrients in the digestive process. Lime also promotes weight loss and can cleanse the blood. Garlic and cilantro help rid the body of toxins. Almonds are an alkalizing protein. Pomegranates are said to be the most powerful anti-oxidant in the fruit family and they are a heart healthy food. A tip to get the pomegranates arils out of its shell is to cut the pomegranate in half. Over a bowl slap the outer flesh with a wooden spoon and the arils will fall out.
Immune-Boosting Chopped Salad
6 cups mixed greens (Endive, Butter Lettuce, Radicchio)
1 large red apple, diced
1 cup raw almonds
12 dates, chopped
1/2 cup clover sprouts
1/2 cup sliced green olives
1/2 cup pomegranate arils
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 limes, juiced
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp mustard
2 tbsp raw honey
1 tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
½ tsp Himalayan salt
½ tsp freshly cracked black pepper
Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl whisk together the dressing ingredients. Plate your salad and serve the dressing on the side. Enjoy.
*Use organic local produce when possible.