Clean Kale and Brussel Sprout Salad - Can you say Yum

Ingredients

SERVINGS: 8–10

  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 small 
  • garlic clove, finely grated
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large bunches of Tuscan kale (about 1 1/2 lb. total), center stem discarded, leaves thinly sliced
  • 12 ounces brussels sprouts, trimmed, finely grated or shredded with a knife
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup almonds with skins, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup finely grated Pecorino 

Preparation

  • Combine lemon juice, Dijon mustard, shallot, garlic, 1/2 tsp. salt, and a pinch of pepper in a small bowl. Stir to blend; set aside to let flavors meld. Mix thinly sliced kale and shredded brussels sprouts in a large bowl.
  • Measure 1/2 cup oil into a cup. Spoon 1 Tbsp. oil from cup into a small skillet; heat oil over medium-high heat. Add almonds to skillet and stir frequently until golden brown in spots, about 2 minutes. Transfer nuts to a paper towel-lined plate. Sprinkle almonds lightly with salt.
  • Slowly whisk remaining olive oil in cup into lemon-juice mixture. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Do Ahead: Dressing, kale mixture, and toasted almonds can be prepared 8 hours ahead. Cover dressing and kale mixture separately and chill. Cover almonds and let stand at room temperature.
  • Add dressing and cheese to kale mixture; toss to coat. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Garnish with almonds.
  • Add your favorite meat if desiring extra protein 
  • Yum - enjoy

Amazing Arugula Salad with Turkey Bacon and Poached Egg

This is my favorite Breakfast Salad that I ask for when I go out to breakfast. Sometimes the waiter looks at me funny but it's simply out of this world! 

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  • 8 ounces turkey bacon, cut into lardons
  • 2 large shallots, sliced
  • 8 ounces arugula
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil for the eggs.

2. In a medium (10-inch) skillet over high heat, heat the bacon with 1/4 cup water. Once the water is evaporated, lower the heat to medium-low and continue cooking the bacon until it’s beginning to crisp.

3. Add the shallot to the bacon and cook until it’s wilted and translucent and the bacon is cooked, about 3 minutes more.

4. Put the arugula in a salad bowl and spoon the bacon-shallot mixture over the greens (you may want to leave some fat behind, depending on how much there is in the pan and the quantity of greens). Toss together to evenly coat.

5. Meanwhile, crack the eggs into individual small bowls or ramekins. Lower the water to a simmer and carefully add the eggs one at a time. Cook gently until the white is completely set but the yolk is still runny, 3-4 minutes.

6. Sprinkle the arugula with the vinegar (start with less and add to taste). Season with salt and pepper and divide amongst plates or bowls. Top with poached eggs and serve immediately.

Summer Salad with Feta, Pecans, Basil, and Blackberry Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • About 6 cups salad greens, loosely packed
  • ¼ cup torn basil leaves
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup toasted pecans-chopped
  • ⅓ cup blackberries
  • ¼ cup crumbled feta
  • 3 Tbsp Blackberry Dressing

This tangy blackberry vinaigrette has just the right balance of sweet and savory to rock your tastebuds with a fresh new use for summertime blackberries.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ripe blackberries
  • 1 Tbsp. honey (or agave if vegan)
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. dijon

Dressing Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and mix well. If dressing is too thick, you can thin it with a few drops of water. Dressing will keep in fridge for about a week.

Salad instructions

  1. Toss salad greens, basil, tomatoes, and pecans together with dressing.
  2. Gently stir in feta and blackberries.
  3. Serve immediately. 
  4. To make this a more filling meal, add protein like chicken, boiled egg, or beans.

"Kick it Up A Notch" Orange, Quinoa, Spanish Salad

 

Orange, Quinoa, Spanish Salad 

Ingredients 

  • 5-6 cups Mixed Greens
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (red or white)*
  • 1/2 cup fresh corn
  • 1 cup cooked black beans (seasoned with equal pinches sea salt, cumin, chili + garlic powder)
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1 orange, segmented
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped or torn

Dressing

  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1 large lime, juiced (~4 Tbsp)
  • 3 Tbsp orange juice
  • 1-2 tsp sweetener of choice (maple syrup, agave, honey) 1-2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/8 tsp chili powder (or sub extra hot sauce or chipotle powder)
  • Healthy pinch each sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh minced cilantro (optional)
  • 3-4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil

Instructions

  1. Begin preparing quinoa first by thoroughly rinsing 1/2 cup quinoa in a fine mesh strainer, then bringing to a boil with 1 cup water in a small saucepan. Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer, cover and cook on low for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare salad ingredients by chopping vegetables, segmenting orange, and warming black beans and seasoning with salt, cumin, chili and garlic powder.
  3. Prepare dressing by adding all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blending until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. I added more hot sauce, orange juice and salt. TIP: if you prefer a vinaigrette, leave out the avocado and simply whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  4. Either plate salad and serve with dressing on the side, or toss with dressing before serving. Pairs well with salsa, fresh lime juice and homemade wheat tortilla chips.
  5. Leftovers keep for up to a few days, though best when fresh.

30 Day Healthy Salad Challenge

Get Heart-Healthy, Lose Weight, and Rediscover Energy

This is not a Fad Diet but rather a Positive Life Style Challenge to help you start taking steps towards healthy eating.  Studies show that eating the right nutrients result in long term health benefits.  And one of the quickest ways is to start is consuming a diet of life changing nutrients by taking this 30 day #Healthysalad challenge.  Simply add one healthy salad recipe as a main course every day for the next 30 days. 

A daily healthy salad will:

  • provide an abundance of antioxidant vitamins
  • provide heart healthy minerals: calcium, potassium and magnesium
  • provide raw food enzymes for energy and health
  • provide your body with an alkaline rich meal
  • provide you with instant energy
  • help you lose weight

Variations to healthy salad recipes

When choosing your lettuce look for dark leafy greens and avoid iceberg lettuce when possible. Fruits and vegetables that are the brightest and richest in color are known to be the most nutritious and highest in heart healthy antioxidants.

  1. I personally enjoy homemade dressings from balsamic vinegar but if you don’t like balsamic vinegar choose another vinegar of your choice or use fresh lemon juice.  If you have a favorite low fat dressing then go ahead and use that, but check the label for sugar and other fillers such as coloring and additives.
  2.  Low fat cheese is a great addition to salads. Greek feta cheese or goat cheese are healthy choices. The manufacturer ‘Allegro’ also makes some really good low fat cheddar and cream cheeses. They are a little expensive but taste good.
  3.  Remember that studies show that garlic is very good at lowering your blood pressure so use it freely or add the flavor of fresh cilantro and mint. Consider growing your own fresh herbs and adding them to your healthy salad recipes.
  4. Extra virgin olive oil is always the best oil to use in your healthy salad recipes. Even though it is a very stable oil, purchase high quality oil in a dark bottle to prevent rancidity.
  5. Almonds are a rich source of the heart healthy mineral magnesium and are considered by many to be the ‘king of nuts’. Walnuts are also very nutritious. Store in the fridge to maintain freshness. Nuts and seeds are also a superior source of good fat and are a great to your healthy salad recipes.
  6. A high quality yogurt is a good source of calcium and a tasty addition to your healthy salad recipes. Choose low fat yogurt with active cultures for additional health benefits. Avoid the fruit bottom yogurts- you’ll be surprised how much sugar
  7. And finally, remember to eat slowly and enjoy every bite........

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Here are a few salad recipes which have been customized to fit the high blood pressure diet plan: approximately 400 calories each, 50% good carbs, 20% good fat and 30% lean protein.