I had the opportunity to spend time with one of my favorite companies this past week for a cooking demo about how to supercharge our salads. We talked about the importance of using lots of deeply and brightly colored ingredients and combining a variety of textures to keep salads exciting and delicious!
In preparation for the class, I came up with a new salad that combines some of my favorite ingredients that are perfect for spring and in season right now. Fruit and vegetables taste best and are most flavorful when they are locally grown and in season, so I wanted to take advantage of that.
This salad combines a variety of colors and textures and is packed full of nutrient-rich ingredients, and so did the other two salads we made that day:
One of the coolest parts of the class included a demo of a simple way to slice grape tomatoes easily and quickly. Check out the video below for how to slice a pint of tomatoes in under a minute!
This farmer’s market salad introduces sprouts – an ingredient I haven’t used on the blog before – so I wanted to tell you why I’ve been so jazzed about incorporating them into my salads! Broccoli sprouts, in particular, are one of the BEST additions you can make to your diet. Dr. Mercola wrote a post about all of the science-backed benefits of broccoli sprouts here, but I thought I’d share a few with you now.
Broccoli sprouts are even MORE supercharged than broccoli and have been linked to preventing a number of health issues, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
Now, for the recipe 🙂 I think you’re going to enjoy this one!
Spring Farmer's Market Salad
This salad is an upgrade to a basic salad and combines some of the best vegetables of spring!
- 1/2 pound spring mix (organic)
- 1 pint grape tomatoes (sliced in half)
- 1 bunch scallions (chopped)
- 1 English cucumber (diced)
- 1 container broccoli sprouts (Potomac Sprouts Company is my favorite!)
- 1/2 cup roasted chickpeas (Saffron Road or Chickpeatos brand)
- 1/2 cup pistachio meat
Tangy Apple Cider Vinaigrette
- 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar (with "The Mother")
- 2 cloves garlic (peeled and minced)
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon raw honey
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 teaspoon fresh thyme
- 1 cup olive oil (extra virgin)
Combine all salad ingredients in a bowl
Toss with 1/2 cup dressing and enjoy!