Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tuesday Recipe: Spring Salads

Well, it is getting to that time of year when spring has sprung! My daffodils are blooming in my front yard! If that does not say spring, than I do not know what does. We have had a very crazy warm winter here in Utah, along with so many others. Spring is in the air at any rate. Our luck is it will turn cold, rainy and snowy in about two months. Well, to help with those winter blues and keep our minds on the new spring time, here are some salads to enjoy!

Even if you don’t have a nutrition degree, a salad makes you feel smart about what you’re putting into your body. The perfect spring salad is simple to prepare, consisting of
fresh ingredients and a pop of color. If you’re feeling inspired to create a fresh salad, check out these winning combinations:

Strawberry Spinach Grilled Chicken Salad
Start with a bed of fresh baby spinach leaves. Add sliced strawberries,
bleu cheese crumbles, and a handful of pine nuts. Top with grilled chicken
and serve with vinaigrette dressing. 

Broccoli Salad
Cook and crumble 10 slices of bacon. Cut one head of broccoli into
bite-size pieces and toss in a bowl with crumbled bacon and one chopped red
onion. Add raisins, nuts, or sunflower seeds as desired. Wisk dressing
ingredients in a small bowl: 3 Tbsp. white wine vinegar, 2 Tbsp. white
sugar, and 1 cup mayonnaise. Pour over salad and stir until combined. 
Instead of buying store bought mayonnaise, you can make your own, SO much healthier for you.

Cucumber Salad
Slice a cucumber and a red onion. Toss together in a large bowl.
Combine one quarter cup red vinegar, one quarter cup white vinegar, and one
quarter cup olive oil. Pour over the cucumber salad and top with a dash of
dried dill.

Greek Pasta Salad
Cook 12 ounces of your favorite pasta until tender, drain and rinse
with cold water. Toss with cucumber, cherry tomatoes, feta, olives, onion,
and oregano in a large bowl. Combine one half cup olive oil and 3 Tbsp. red
wine vinegar, pour over salad and combine. Enjoy! 
For this salad, instead of regular pasta, make sure you are doing something like quinoa or rice. If you can not find these, on the occasion, wheat pasta is ok, as long as you do not have gluten intolerance or celiac. But instead, I would avoid this one all together and make something else! 

Grilled Corn, Avacado, and Tomato Salad
Grill two ears of corn until tender. Cut the corn off the cob into a
bowl. Add one pint of sliced cherry tomatoes, and one diced avacado. In
another bowl, wisk together 1/4 cup olive oil, the juice of one lemon, and
a dash of salt and pepper. Stir the dressing into the salad and serve
Be sure your corn is organic. This is also a once in awhile type of a recipe. Corn turns to sugar in your system very quickly, so you get those steep blood sugar rises. You want organic, but corn is one of the most genetically modified foods and has many pesticides used on it.

These salads will only take a few minutes to assemble, but each are
healthy and colorful. Serve one at your next get-together and your friends
will think you've turned into a chief, or at least figured out how to make some tasty healthy salads.

Sorry about how this turned out. It was typed in another browser and does not copy and past well, note to self.

Saving the world one stick of butter at a time!
God bless,

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