Three colorful root vegetables – carrots, beets and jicama – combine to make this delightful, crunchy, and nutritious salad.
Raw beets taste similar to raw carrots in that they’re sweet, juicy, and crisp. Jicama, a Mexican root vegetable that looks like a large, pale, round potato (you can see it on one of the photos below), is crunchy and mild when peeled and eaten raw. If you can’t find jicama, skip it or substitute cubed cucumber in this salad.
This beautiful combination also happens to be extremely rich in antioxidants, making it a terrific choice for preventing a wide variety of diseases. Do your best to find a fresh jicama, as it adds a refreshing taste and crunchy texture to this recipe.
This is my take on delicious Polish-style mixed vegetable salad. Traditionally it’s made with eggs and vegetables are smothered in egg-based mayonnaise, so even though it’s called a vegetable salad, make no mistake, it’s not a healthy salad dish that you should be eating on a daily basis.
So, here is my healthy version of this dish. And ito boot, it’s also made with lots of raw vegetables and low-fat egg-less mayo, which makes it even healthier and lower in calories (for example, you can substitute cooked potatoes with more raw veggies, such as raw zucchini.)…
Bok choy (also known as pak choi or Brassica chinensis) is a relative of cabbage, and belongs to cruciferous vegetables, a family of especially nutrient-dense vegetables that contain unique anti-cancer compounds.
It is a common ingredient in many Asian-inspired recipes. You should have no trouble finding bok choy at the market as it is available almost year-round. Look for a plant with firm stalks that is free of brown spots. Bok choy is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world, providing lots of vitamins A, C, and K as well as folate, calcium, and other nutrients.
It is highly beneficial for its calcium availability – bok choy is lower in oxalate, a substance that binds up calcium and prevents it from being absorbed, than most other leafy greens. …
Fresh pesto sauce is easy to make and a addition to pasta dishes, vegetable noodles, or as a veggie dip. Why not expand on this recipe a bit and transform with different greens and nuts combinations. Try to experiment with a various ingredients to find your personal favorites. …
A chilled variation of a basic tomato soup originating in Spain, gazpacho is a refreshing soup that’s perfect for hot weather-months. Low glycemic load, dairy-free, gluten free recipe. You don’t even need a blender to prepare it. Frequently described as a “liquid salad,” gazpacho descends from ancient Roman concoction based on a combination of stale bread, garlic, olive oil, salt, and vinegar. Some versions feature chopped veggies, some feature minced, and some are pureed completely.
Green smoothies are great, but they are sweet-tasting, and sometimes, for whatever reason, we want a more savory flavor.
Plus, the fruit content in many smoothie recipes may be a problem for some people with diabetes and blood sugar issues.
Also, the smoothies are really, …well… smooth (duh!)- almost like baby food – which is important for good assimilation of nutrients, especially if you add hard-to-chew greens, such as kale or collard greens. So, for variety, you may want to add some crunchiness to your meals from time to time.
If you are already drinking lots of green smoothies and eating blended salads, loaded with healthy greens, you may feel like you want to skip the salad. And if that’s the case, it’s OK.
However, you may still enjoy eating a crunchy salad from time to time (or even every day) – that’s why I want you to give you these recipes, so you don’t soak your greens in store-bought dressings loaded with undesirable ingredients and toppings that are not so good for you (plus your salad can be delicious without them, too!).
Fact is the typical commercial dressing available in stores contains the following main ingredients: fat (usually low quality oil), sugar (usually corn syrup or other artificial sweetener), salt (processed table salt), and vinegar. It is flavored with spices and artificial agents, and contains preservatives that make this factory-made concoction very unhealthy.
So, here are a few ideas for healthy, low fat salad dressings that are quick and easy to prepare…