The Standard American Diet is bad enough, but nothing is worse than the false promises of hope offered by the Standard American Salad.
Most typical salads these days are piled high with MSG-laced ranch dressing, processed cheeses, pesticide-drenched and nutritionally deficient “conventional” iceberg lettuce, and maybe a couple grape tomatoes if you’re lucky.
Making your own salads at home from a variety of organic ingredients will not only make your taste buds happier, it will also keep you feeling full longer and help cleanse your system of toxins.
Skip the takeout salad next time around and try this recipe for Synergy Salad with Toasted Miso dressing from our friends at Edibly Educated. Make sure all ingredients are organic whenever possible and preferably from a local farmer!
Mixed Greens or Chopped Romaine
6 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
4 tbsp Toasted Sesame oil
2 tbsp Raw, Organic Local Honey (best to buy from a farmer to make sure it’s unheated)
½ Lemon (fresh juice from it)
¼ c Raw Sunflower seeds
¼ c Raw Pumpkin Seeds
2 tbsp Liquid Coconut Aminos (from Coconut Secret, link: http://amzn.to/10Ixmas)
1-2 cloves Garlic 2 tbsp Miso Paste (make sure this is organic as most non-organic soy is GMO)
Blend all together until smooth. Add more lemon juice if it is too thick.
Note: You can also use Bragg’s Liquid Aminos instead of the coconut variety, although I personally prefer to keep soy-based products to a minimum (and always organic and/or fermented). Fermented and truly organic soy products can be very beneficial in moderation, however.
This recipe provides extra protein with the sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and you can also add hemp seeds for more healthy omegas as well as protein and other benefits. I usually put hemp seeds on just about every salad I make because of their all-around benefits and subtle nutty flavor. You can also add more greens if you’d like as they all add something to the recipe from the different standpoints of texture, taste and of course nutrition.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with you own salad combinations either because the best recipes often come about by accident.
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