Ok, I don’t know how it sounds but these days I am really in the mood for salads. I crave them constantly. In the depths of winter I keep looking around for fresh veggies that I can combine, seeds and sprouts that I can toss in, fruits and nuts that can help me work out a filling winter salad to satisfy my cravings!
And you know what – it might appear on first sight that the market place is not that rich and diverse in fresh veggies in the winter but that is not by far a barrier! Actually scarcity can make you much more creative and help you come up with awesome ideas!
That is exactly what I experienced in developing ideas for winter salads’ recipes. And because some of the results are really tasty, filling, energizing and must-trying, I will be sharing them with you in a series of publications named In a Mood for Salads.
Lets open it with this jewel that combines greens, sprouts, the all-mighty avocado, pine-nuts and some citrus fruit. In the lack of a fancier idea, I just called A Mixed Salad.
As for sprouts, these nutrient-packed seeds brought into life can be found in the market in any season. Not to mention that you can sprout seeds yourself but honestly I am not that patient and rarely sprout seeds myself.
Do you know that when a seed is sprout its protein content increases by 15% to 30%. So do chlorophyll and fiber content. Most the B vitamins are increased more that tenfold! As living foods sprouts contain enzymes that facilitate digestion and assimilation of other foods. In short, sprouts are one of the most vitally alive and nourishing food that you can, and easily accessible as well! So, don’t hesitate to add them to your salads, sandwiches, wraps, etc.
Pomegranates may be a bit messy when you have to do with them, staining your hands and kitchen in their bright red juice but they are very rich in antioxidants and vitamin C as well as some important minerals like iron, potassium and magnesium. So don’t be afraid to reach for them! And the trick is to break the fruit in a large bowl of water, holding it under the water. Then to separate the seeds from the skin and white parts letting the seeds fall on the bottom of the bowl. To finish, discard the skin and the white parts, and drain the seeds using a colander.
Adding a citrus fruit to the salad will enhance its vitamin C content, while the avocado and the nuts will act as a great source of healthy fats, making this colourful salad a perfectly balanced, healthy and nutritious dish to enjoy at lunch or dinner.
Mixed Winter Salad
Ingredients (1 serving):
- 2 handfuls of leafy greens
- 1 handful of sprouts
- 1/2 avocado
- 2-3 tbs pomegranate seeds
- 2-3 slices of citrus fruit of your choice
- 2 tbs pinе nuts
- 2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
- juice of 1/2 lemon
Wash the greens and arrange them on a plate.Top with the sprouts. Peel and chop the avocado, cut the slices of the citrus fruit and remove the skin. Add the avocado and the citrus pieces in the salad plate. Sprinkle with the pomegranate seeds and the pine nuts, and season with lemon juice and olive oil.