My husband will tell you that I am the queen of salad. Salad is normally the majority of our lunch and dinner for nutritional reasons. Our lunch salads frequently include beans and salsa but for dinner I like to make things that are different. We love green salads with fruit and nuts. What I put on salad is a function of the fruit I have in the house. I also like to vary the dressings I use on our salads.
As you may have noticed my recent salad dressings rarely contain oil and when they do it is flax. I resisted eliminated oil from our diet for a very long time. The Italian portion of my DNA could not shake the notion that extra virgin olive oil had to be good for us. As much as I love the flavor of olive oil it is now a distant memory. I think about it this way. Oils are nothing more than processed food like white flour. The nut or seed is pressed and frequently also heat and chemically processed. The resulting oil doesn’t include the health benefits of the entire food. Now we get our fat from nuts and seeds, which is a whole food. It took a few weeks but both my husband and I quickly grew accustomed to salad dressing without oil. Here is the salad I made last night.
Green Salad with Clementine, Fresh Pineapple and Almonds
1 tablespoon apricot preserves (orange marmalade would also be good here)
1 clementine, juiced
1 splash wine vinegar (for acidity), I probably used 1 teaspoon but didn’t measure
Salt and pepper to taste
8 cups baby spinach
2 clementine, peeled and sectioned
½ cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 tablespoon sliced almonds
Combine the salad dressing ingredient and mix using our blender or immersion blender. Season the dressing with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
Place the baby spinach on the base of the plate and pour the dressing over the spinach. Top the spinach with Clementine sections, pineapple and almonds.
Amount Per Serving
Calories - 140.4
Calories From Fat (18%) - 24.7
Total Fat - 2.96g
Saturated Fat - 0.26g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 100.35mg
Potassium - 917.39mg
Total Carbohydrates - 27.55g
Fiber - 5.05g
Sugar - 17.21g
Protein - 5.42g
This salad was good, and almost too sweet. But this is coming from two people that have essentially given up sugar so you may not have the same reaction. We like the combination of spinach and fruit topped with the crunch of nuts. This was the perfect accompaniment to the baked tofu.
Each serving of this salad contains 11,300IU of vitamin A, 100mg of vitamin C, 160mg of calcium, 260mcg of folate, 580mcg of vitamin K, 100mg of phosphorus, and 120mg of magnesium. This is what I love about having salads. They are always so packed with nutrition (when properly made).
Today I am back to closet duty, the never ending task. Clearly I have too many closets and too much stuff in them. As much of a pain as this is, I am enjoying purging the house of unnecessary stuff. Now if I can just manage to keep those newly lightened spaces that way I will really be happy.
Last night was great at our house. Dan was home from work by 8pm and we had a nice leisurely dinner and time to relax before bed. I also learned that he will not be going downtown to the office this weekend. Yay! My plan is to talk him into doing something fun one day this weekend. We will see if I am successful. He really needs a break so wish me luck.
I will be back later today. I hope you are all having a great a day.