Sunday, February 28, 2010

Cancer Fighting Salad

After reading the article about foods that inhibit the growth of cancer I decided to add many of those raw foods to our daily meals. Spinach, savoy cabbage and green onion all scored well against most forms of cancer and went into today’s salad. Black beans are higher in antioxidants than other beans. Salsa is high in lycopene because the tomatoes are cooked. Pumpkin seeds were added for healthy fat so the fat soluble vitamins could be absorbed. Here is the super healthy salad we had for lunch today.

Cancer Fighting Salad

Serves 2

6 cups baby spinach
2 cups savoy cabbage, finely shredded
1 ½ cups cooked black beans, no salt added
1 cup salsa
2 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds
1 green onion, finely sliced


Combine and enjoy.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 293.99
Calories From Fat (15%) - 44.32

Total Fat - 5.29g
Saturated Fat - 1.03g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 871.79mg
Potassium - 1596.91mg
Total Carbohydrates - 48.34g
Fiber - 17.98g
Sugar - 6.2g
Protein - 19.66g


Savoy cabbage in salad was one thing I wasn’t too certain I would like. However the texture is much softer than I expected. It adds nice textural dimension to the salad. Both the hubby and I agreed this salad was “healthy” but still tasted good.

Each serving of this salad contains approximately 9,600IU of vitamin A, 50mg of vitamin C, 200mg of calcium, 7mg of iron, 3.5IU of vitamin E, 440mcg of folate, 510mcg of vitamin K, 400mg of phosphorus, and 250mg of magnesium.

Unrelated note:

Yesterday was one of those days when I was not in the mood to come out and play. Sometimes stress gets to me and I get a little blue, and that is what happened yesterday. I decided it was better to keep my gloomy mood to myself. My mood is much better today, so I am back (like Poltergeist).

Tonight for dinner I am making a Mexican inspired meal. I hope to have the recipes posted sometime tonight or tomorrow morning. I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.


  1. i just tried savoy cabbage, i like it raw and in soup(i found) but NOT grilled!! its like mush paper towels when i grllled it on my george forman...ugh

  2. Michelle,

    If you want to grill the cabbage, cut it into thick wedges and grill the wegdes quickly just for the grill marks. That should work and not turn the cabbage mushy.


  3. that salad looks and sounds fantastic. Right up my alley!

  4. ALicia, will just come to my house and make me salads everyday??? I love all of your salads!!!!Tonight I am making a spinach, field green salad with tomatoes!!! Yesterday I made a raw cabbage salad with radishes with a dill garlic dressing...So yummy! I suppose I should post

  5. Heather,

    Thanks! We love salads too. I dream up a new salad combination every few days.


    What a nice compliment.

    You should absolutely post your salads. I love the sound of cabbage and radish salad with dill and garlic dressing.


  6. This is a great looking salad. I wish I wasn't out of pumpkin seeds!

  7. Janet,

    I was keeping with the Mexican theme when I made this, but also like the sunflower seeds here.


  8. This salad sounds too healthy..Loved your click..

  9. Nithu,

    Thanks! "Too healthy" is a good description of many of my recipes. ;)

    Glad you liked the pic,


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