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WOW!!! I am feeling unusually well and energetic tonight. Maybe the super salad I made today to be a big part of dinner has something to do with it, too. Sometimes I get really discouraged because even though I seem to be doing most of what would be considered a very well balanced diet, I find that overall I am still not quite there. So, today I made a journey to two grocery stores in the hopes of finding enough organic produce to make a super salad which should help to get closer to my goal of very healthy and healthful eating for the whole family.
So, I thought I would share with you the ingredients in my salad and maybe you will become interested enough to build one of these yourself. First off I did buy packaged salad mixes of baby lettuces, and mixed greens. Finding such a variety of greens in our produce department is highly unlikely even under the best of circumstances. That was a fairly good start, but I really wanted to make a filling salad using a variety of ingredients. Next came the organics; sliced celery, shredded zucchini, sliced radishes, grated carrots, grated homegrown kohlrabi, an onion, parsley, cucumber, broccoli florets, sweet peppers both green and red, and cabbages (again red and green). That is quite the salad. It took me almost an hour to get everything together in a 13 gallon trash bag so mixing the salad was easier.
Tonight I stopped at the second store because I was hoping to find organic spinach and some green onions to add to the salad. They didn’t have any either, but I did buy some organic kale and Swiss chard. Not sure whether I will add those to the salad or use them as sautéed vegetables this week. I may also buy some broccoli sprouts to add to it too.
After getting the salad ingredients together I was able to get them well mixed as I have found a 13 gallon trash bag to be ideal for combining large quantities of some foods. Now, half of the salad is in a nice covered bowl and the rest is still in the bag but in the vegetable bin of the refrigerator where we can easily get to it to refill the bowl as needed.
After finishing the salad, I made a nice dressing to use with it. I combined some dry mustard, dill, tarragon, thyme, chopped parsley, and celtic sea salt with some light olive oil and some flax seed oil. It made a good dressing and really spiked it just enough. Everyone ate their fill and an hour or so later commented on how much better they felt, more energized! I guess all those enzymes really did help in creating more energy.
To go with the salad I made up some salmon patties and reheated some fresh green beans and rice. The meal was very filling and very good. And with so much salad available, I think we will all be quite content when hunger hits to grab a nice bowl full of that wonderful and filling combination of fresh foods. I even think that half a can of tuna or salmon on top of a salad would make an ideal and very satisfying meal. And the, I could even add some fresh or frozen peas. Now wouldn’t that add a different taste, too.
This has been a fun day and the combinations that keep popping into my mind sound really good. We had gotten bored with the typical salad and now, we have this salad. How could anyone become bored with such variety?