Superfood Salad, Two Ways
I eat this superfood salad for lunch most days. It’s easy to throw together, tastes great, and I know it has a lot of the nutrients my body needs. You can have it tangy, like I do, or sweet, like my kids – both recipes are below.A zen monk from Plum Village gave a talk recently about the importance of two things we all need for happiness: space and structure.The monks have their monastery and their daily schedule of meditation, mindful work, regular mealtimes and sleep times.For me, my space is my kitchen, with my desk in it and lots of inspiring things up on the wall. And my structure is my pattern of eating:Wake up around 7 am and drink a big glass of water with 1/2 a lemon squeezed into it15-30 minutes later, drink a big glass of celery juice (blend up a head of celery and squeeze out the juice with a linen cloth)15-30 minutes later, drink a detox smoothieSometime around 12 pm, eat superfood salad or spinach potato soupAround 2 or 3 pm, enjoy a snack: fresh medjool dates, a muffin, or a warm cup of soy milkDinner is at 6 pm, and that's different every night, so I can focus on my website and kids during the day and do my creative cooking experiments starting around 4 or 5 pmIf I'm still hungry after dinner, a grapefruit with honey or a banana with peanut butter are my favorite pre-bed choicesThis structure works for me right now, and if it stops working, I'll create a new one. What do your space and daily structure look like?
- 1 head red lettuce (or your favorite lettuce)
- 3 heaping Tbsp nuts (roasted almonds, raw cashews, or your favorite nuts)
- 3 Tbsp dried cranberries
- 3 tsp ground flax seeds
- salt and pepper to taste
Maitri's Dressing (for 1 salad serving)
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Kids' Dressings (for the other 2 salad servings)
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp raw honey
- In a nice big bowl, wash and break up the lettuce. Divide evenly into 3 bowls, or use 1/3 of all the ingredients if you’re making it to enjoy by yourself.
- Sprinkle the roasted nuts, cranberries and flax seeds over the lettuce.
- Make your salad dressing (Maitri’s for a bold tang and Kids' for a sweet gentleness), then pour this over the salads.
- Toss each bowl with two forks until everything is evenly distributed.
- Enjoy! It tastes even better if you have a spot to eat outside or with a view of nature. ❤️
Did you make this? Tag @maitricooks on Instagram and leave a rating in the comments below. Lots of love! ❤️🤗🙏
16 thoughts on “Superfood Salad, Two Ways (plant-based, gluten-free)”
Instagram comment from @feastfitter: feastfitter
Yess this is incredible 🙌
@feastfitter Thanks Gregory! I’m going to try your roast parsnips, they look fantastic! 👏
Instagram comment from chelseapeachhtreee: Love this 🔥
@chelseapeachhtreee Thank you! Your taco photos are brilliant!! Makes me want to eat one right now 😍
Instagram comment from chefhusband1607: Such a delicious and healthy salad 😍
@chefhusband1607 thank you so much! Your deconstructed food plates are so creative and elegant!! 😍
Instagram comment from chefhusband1607: @maitricooks thank you!!!!
My favorite salad! 🙂
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