Simple Chopped Salad
Recipes courtesy of Chef Mark Reinfeld's Healing the Vegan Way
For a salad that breaks free from the lettuce-based model, try this mix and match of chopped up superpowers. The radish brings a peppery crunch while incorporating an anti-viral, anti-fungal, and blood purifying element, and like the cabbage and broccoli here, is another member of the health loving cruciferous family. Serve with Golden Turmeric Dressing or dressing of choice.
1. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
2. Toss with dressing of choice.
Yield: 6 cups
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Serving size: 1 cup
Number of servings: 6
Nutrition Facts per serving (88)g Calories: 24
Fat Calories: 1.6
Total Fat: 0.2g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Total Carb: 5.3g
Dietary Fiber: 1.6g
Keep it fresh! Use this recipe as a template for building a health-promoting salad, but try mixing up the components based preferences and/or local availability.
Greens component: rotate through different types of lettuce such as buttercup, romaine, or mixed salad greens. Try arugula, baby spinach, or baby kale.
Sprouts component: rotate through alfalfa, clover, mixed sprouts, broccoli, sunflower, buckwheat, pea shoots, mung bean, lentils.
Raw veggie component: rotate through carrot, beet, daikon, cabbage, avocado, celery, bell pepper, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, tomato, red, white, or green onion, sauerkraut (page x), kimchi (page x),cucumber, kohlrabi, corn, and your favorites. Rotate through different cuts: slice, dice, chop, and grate.
Cooked veggies components: add some steamed, grilled, roasted or sautéed veggies
Seed and nut component: add a sprinkle of raw or toasted sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, pecans, walnuts, hemp seeds, sesame seeds and more.
Legume component: cooked garbanzo beans, black beans, fava beans, kidney, green lentils, black lentils, soy beans in the form of edamame, roasted tofu cubes or tempeh cubes.
Dressing component: simple lemon juice, or dressing of choice. Other optional components: Scoop of raw pate or plant-based cheese.
Turmeric Tahini Dressing
A traditional recipe passed down from generation to generation in the natural food world, this oil-free dressing is so rich and creamy thanks to tahini, which is a great source of calcium and magnesium for the heart, muscles, and brain.
Turmeric adds its antioxidant, heart protective, pain reducing, and brain boosting touches.
1. Place the miso paste in a bowl. Add the water slowly, whisking well.
2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
Total Yield: 8 ounces
Serving Size: 1 ounce
Number of Servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Add ½ teaspoon minced fresh dill or 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro or flat-leaf parsley. Replace the tahini with almond butter.
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How Not to Die - Dr. Michael Greger
Other doctors referenced
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn: Esselstyn Family Foundation
Dr. T Colin Campbell: Center for Nutrition Studies: The China Study
Dr. Kim Williams - Plant Proof
“Food Choices” - Netflix Documentary
Skinny Bitch by Freedman and Barounin
Happy Cow - app for local vegan restaurant choices
“An Inconvenient Truth” - Documentary