Salad Accessories

I always think of the toppings we put on salads as accessories like adorning our bodies with jewelry, shoes, scarves, hats, makeup, and tattoos. Salad toppings make the salad no matter what you choose, you are accessorizing your plate based on your palate and your choices.

A Bejeweled Salad would have ruby red beets and golden nugget coins would be yellow carrots. It might also have a cherry on top. But the adornment I want to talk about today is more than just a topping, it accentuates the salad and brings out the flavors of the ingredients it’s covering. It’s like the adorning touches of a nice shade of nail polish or lipstick to complete an outfit.

 A dressing can be that perfect shade we put on right before leaving the house. Sometimes it doesn’t really matter if our hair’s a mess, when we have that perfect lip shade on, we don’t notice we’re in sweats! Dressings and vinaigrettes dress up the lowliest of lettuces without anything else on the plate. Like Blue Cheese dressing on a wedge of iceberg lettuce. Iceberg lettuce is one of the lowliest in the lettuces but we overlook that fact with the dressing over the top. 

Italian Goddess Dressing

  • 1 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 large English cucumber
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 T oregano
  • 1/2 t Himalayan salt
  • 2 T apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup virgin olive oil
  • 2 T filtered water

Whirl it together in a high powered blender or Nutri-bullet.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

It’s great on multiple salad mixes.

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Vibrant Chopped Salad

  • 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 half jicama, diced
  • 1/2 small head purple cabbage
  • 1/2 English cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 1 yellow pepper, diced
  • 1/2 small red onion, small diced
  • Italian Goddess Dressing 

Mix together and divide into two medium bowls. Add the dressing and toss.

Enjoy.

Makes 3 servings

More Accessories:

  • Black or green olives (bottled in olive oil, not vinegar)
  • Pepperocinis (Husband’s usual adornment)
  • Sunflower and Pumpkin seeds
  • Raw organic chopped nuts
  • Fresh Berries of choice

Let’s do a retake of our word associations and look at how we adorn out plates, our palates, and our lives. 

How do you accessorize your salads

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Infused Water Dismantled

I’m not a fan of just drinking water all the time. Don’t get me wrong, I drink it but sometimes I like adding different flavors without adding any sugar or artificial flavoring. Most people just grab these infused waters off the shelves because the label looks like everything inside should be natural. You open it up and then take your first sip. It tastes like water with a hint of flat flavor.  You keep looking at the label and find out that this water has about fifteen different ingredients. You don’t even know where the spring of water comes from let along those ingredients.

Let’s dismantle infused water using in-season, organic fruits and veggies, herbs, spices, and some healthy add-ins that take your infused water to the next level.

Before mixing

Choose 2 cups of water.

Water: Spring water (Fuji is my favorite),  Coconut water (Zico is my brand), If you’re not able to get these, at least, make sure your water is filtered.

Choose a combination of 1/2 cup fruit and veggie of your choice.

Fruit: berries, mangoes, pineapple, lemon, lime, melons, kiwi, and star fruit,  other tropical fruits, peaches, nectarines, apricots

Veggies: Cucumbers, celery, carrots, beets, garlic,

Add a couple of sprigs of herbs

Herbs: Parsley, Mint, Rosemary, Cilantro, Dandelion flowers, Chamomile flowers and buds, lavender, rose petals, ginger, turmeric, sage, basil, and thyme, lemongrass, stevia

Spices: Cinnamon bark, dried dill weed, pepper,  and a bit of Himalayan salt, and organic spices of your choice that you can put into an organic tea bag.

A couple of drops of your favorite essential oil like Cinnamon bark, clove, peppermint, lemon, sweet tangerine, nutmeg, lavender, evening primrose oils are some of my favorites.

Nutritional add-ins:  Liquid versions of the following can also be added: vitamin B Complex, vitamin D, Slippery Elm, and apple cider vinegar.

Blueberry water

Here’s my favorite infused/blended water

  • 2 cups spring water, (I like using Zico coconut water)
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries (blueberries are my favorite)
  • 1/2 cup fresh organic English cucumber chunks
  • 1 small piece ginger grated
  • 2 drops cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 dropper full of vitamin B complex
  • 4 drops liquid vitamin D
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 7 drops liquid stevia

Take the berries and cucumbers and place them in a bottom of a clean glass bottle, mason jar, or even a blender container if you have no mason jars. Take the ginger and place in an organic paper tea bag. Place inside a glass bottle. Add the water of choice, along with the rest of the ingredients. Let sit for 24 hours in the refrigerator.

If you’re impatient like I am most of the time, you can just skip the tea bag step (if you don’t add the herbs) and mix it all together in a blender with a bit more water and get the most benefits of the fruits and veggies.

Water doesn’t always have to taste bland. We can add natural organic flavor to the water to make it both nutritional and healthy for what our body needs. Let me know what kinds of combinations you try.

Wishing you wellness for a new day.