The majority of Americans don’t consume enough essential nutrients to keep their bodies healthy. This is understandable considering foods like vegetables can be plain and boring.
Though salad doesn’t always make you want to scream for more, it’s never more exciting than when it’s eaten out of a jar. This recipe is sure to satisfy your hunger and contains ingredients that will provide you with the nutrients you need, all while making the experience of eating salad that much more enjoyable.
Salad might not be the most appealing meal, but it can be when it includes quinoa.
Quinoa has become the world’s most popular superfood. It’s high in fibre, protein and minerals and will keep you feeling full, aiding with weight loss. Quinoa is also packed with antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body. This gluten-free grain is loaded with nutrients and is amazing for your health by keeping your blood sugar levels low and improving your metabolism. Pairing quinoa with your traditional salad leaves will definitely amp up your salad experience.
Honey has been around for ages, and for good reason too. This natural sweetener is useful for healing wounds and burns. In addition, it helps prevent GERD and kills bacteria, allowing your body to fight infections.
Honey can be consumed in a variety of ways, even as simply as adding a spoonful to your tea or infusing some in a glass of water.
Garlic isn’t just useful for scaring away vampires, it has many health benefits too. Often used to add flavour, garlic is high in nutrients, like manganese, vitamin C and vitamin B6, but very low in calories. Manganese helps keep your bones strong and healthy in addition to maintaining the health of other parts of your body. Not having enough of it could result in high blood pressure, poor eyesight and bone malformation, among other things.
Consuming garlic also strengthens your immune system, helping to prevent the onset of common illnesses like the cold and flu.
Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV boosts circulation, and reduces heartburn, mucous and sinus congestion. It is also rich in natural enzymes that help get rid of candida. Furthermore, ACV contains acetic acid, which has been found to aid in weight loss.
Republished with permission from juliedaniluk.com.
Quinoa Salad with Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
4 tbsp Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette (see below)
1/4 cup diced red onion
1 cup chopped apples
1 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup walnuts
1 cup cooked red quinoa
1 cup cooked black beans, drained and rinsed if canned
2 cups spinach or arugula
Find 2 wide-mouth 32-oz mason jars with tight-fitting lids.
Pour half the dressing into bottom of each jar, then add onions, beans and apples so they can marinate.
Add carrots, walnuts, quinoa and, at the very top, spinach or arugula.
Shake well just before serving to coat ingredients.
Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp water
1 tsp dried basil
2 tbsp raw honey
1⁄4 tsp pink rock salt or grey sea salt
2 cloves garlic, roasted, or 1 clove raw garlic, crushed
Place all ingredients into blender and blend for about 30 seconds. Use immediately or store in a jar for 1 to 2 weeks.