Simple Superfoods Salad

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Simple Superfoods Salad. Looking for a way to add more superfoods into your diet? Look no further because this quick and easy salad is packed with leafy green kale, chia seeds, and other incredible superfoods. This healthy and hearty salad recipe is perfect for lunch or meal prep that will keep you full all day long.

Simple Super Foods Salad

Sprouted Wheat

White Winter Wheat. This recipe also calls for sprouted white winter wheat, which is a bit milder in flavor compared to other varieties. This wheat is typically planted in the fall and harvested in late spring. Like most sprouted grains, it boasts a myriad of health benefits. These grains add great texture and flavor to this salad.

Olive Oil

Moire’s Life Olive Oil. To prepare this dish, massage your kale with extra virgin olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Please note not to massage for long or use too much oil as this can cause your kale leaves to become mushy. I recommend Moire’s PDO Kalamata Extra Virgin Olive Oil that has a protected designation of origin (PDO) for this recipe. This distinction is actually quite difficult to achieve as the product must be grown and packaged in a specific geographic location of significance based on the type of product. In regards to EVOO, their PDO is in Kalamata, Greece, an area that has become well known and important in the olive oil world. Therefore, these olives are grown, pressed, produced, bottled, and sealed in the area. Strict requirements and regulations are required to get a PDO thus guaranteeing that you are using 100% pure and authentic EVOO.

The Components Of The Simple Superfoods Salad

This salad is topped with an array of superfoods such as kale, berries, walnuts, broccoli, and chia seeds. Kale leaves are the base of this delicious salad and boast a ton of healthy nutrients. This leafy green is a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and other necessary antioxidants. Strawberries are also high in antioxidants like Vitamin C. They have also been known to help regulate blood sugar levels and improve cholesterol and circulatory health. Walnuts are high in Vitamin E and polyphenols, which have been known to fight inflammation. Strawberries have also been known to possess anti-inflammatory properties. Chia seeds are low in calories and carbohydrates. On the other hand, this superfood contains fiber, protein, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus.

Orange Vinaigrette

This salad also features a citrusy, flavorful orange vinaigrette. It is simple to make and adds the perfect finishing touch to the salad.

The Finished Simple Superfoods Salad

Lastly, top your salad off with some cucumber ribbons, strawberries, and extra blood oranges for garnish and added nutrients.

Simple SuperFoods Salad
Simple Super Foods Salad

If sprouted grains are your thing, and you love them in salads, let me give you a few more ideas!

Simple Super Foods Salad

Are you wanting to get in a lot of super foods all in one dish? How about this awesome salad?
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword healthy salad dressings, kale salad, sprouted wheat, Superfoods salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Amy- A Red Spatula

Ingredients

  • 6 cups kale
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups cucumbers
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 orange segmented I used a blood orange
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 cups raw sprouted grains of choice I used white winter wheat
  • 1 recipe orange vinaigerette or other of choice recipe included in post
  • 2 boiled eggs peeled and sliced in half

Instructions

  • Cut the kale from the stem and rough chop. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Gently massage for about a minute.
    Now it is time to put together the salad.
    Combine all ingredients and gently mix them together. Drizzle generously with the vinaigrette.
    Serve immediately.
    If you are using this for meal prep, don't add in the oranges, strawberries, and dressing until serving.
    Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!

Sprouting grains

Sprouting grains does take a bit of time to do, but it really simple! Plus the nutritional value, taste, and texture make any effort worth it!
Course grains
Cuisine American
Keyword fall salad ideas, how to sprout grains, sprouted barley, sprouted grains
Prep Time 5 minutes
resting time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author Amy- A Red Spatula

Equipment

  • mason jar, sprouting lids or cheesecloth.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup barley or other grain of choice I have also done white wheat and rye with great results on both
  • water enough to cover the grains with about 1-2 inches over.

Instructions

  • Rinse your grains well.
    Place in a mason quart canning jar.
    Add enough cool water to cover the grains about 2 inches over.
    Allow the grains to sit in the water for about 4 hours. It is important to cover your grains, just so no bugs get in. You can either use a sprouting lid, as I did or even cheesecloth. Place in a dark, warm place.
    Rinse, fill with water again to cover, and allow to sit another hour.
    Rinse again and tip your jar upside down to drain. I balanced mine upside down in a small bowl. The jar will need to be covered with a sprouting lid or cheesecloth tied on with a rubber band. Make sure to keep it in a warm, dark place.
    The grains will need to sit like this for about 12 hours. This will depend on the temperature of your house and the grains. In 12 hours, check again. You may need to rinse and repeat again. for some grains, you may need to do this several times. The grain should be fully sprouted within 24-56 hours.
    I like to use mine after I see the small sprout starting to poke out. The grains will be nice and tender at this point. You can let them continue to grow if you prefer, up to about 1/4 inch.
    For the salad I created with this recipe, I boiled about 4 cups of water with 1 teaspoon salt. Once it came to a boil, I added the grains and allowed them to boil for about 5 minutes. Once it had boiled for the time, I drained it and added it to the salad.
    Whatever you don't use right away, refrigerate for safety. I have never had anything happen, but better to be safe!
    Now, sit back and enjoy any way you prefer!! You deserve it!

Orange Vinaigrette

This is a fabulous dressing for any salad and so versatile!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword citrus dressing, citrus recipe, orange recipe, orange vinaigrette, vinaigrette
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Amy- A Red Spatula

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients in a small bowl or mason jar. I prefer mixing mine in a mason jar.
    Serve immediately or store in the fridge up to a week. Shake before using.

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