3 Raw Foods for Maximum Nutrition

This upgrade from a standard green dinner salad goes with almost any main dish. Leafy greens are a nutritional powerhouse, while the dressing is herby and fresh with just a little kick.

Salad

* 3 1/2 cups red chard, shredded

* 1 cup fresh spinach, shredded

* 1/4 cup carrot, shredded

* 1/4 cup walnuts, crushed

* 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

* 2 Tbsp. lemon juice (1 lemon)

Dressing

* 1/4 c. peeled garlic, minced

* 2 sprigs fresh oregano, minced

* 4 sprigs fresh mint, minced

* 1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced

* 2 tsp. sea salt

* 3 Tbsp. walnut oil

1. Wash all produce. Shred greens and carrot, and toss all salad ingredients together in a large bowl; set aside.

2. Mix the dressing ingredients in a blender or small food processor.

3. Add dressing to mixed salad ingredients, and toss well.

Raw Roots 

An easy way to bulk up on folates and other trace minerals, beets can’t be beat for nutritional value. The earthy sweetness of these root veggies will have you helping yourself to seconds for sure.

Salad

* 4 large beets, peeled

* 2 carrots, peeled

* 1 Pink Lady(R) apple, washed and unpeeled

* I fennel bulb

* 2 bunches scallions, cleaned then thinly sliced

Dressing

* 2 Tbsp. lemon juice (1 lemon)

* 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

* 4 Tbsp. olive oil

* 1 Tbsp. honey

* 1/2 tsp. sea salt

* 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

* 2 Tbsp. fresh mint leaves, chopped

* 1 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped

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