Snappy Strawberry Salad with Creamy Salsa Verde Dressing
Having new salad inspiration in my world is crucial so I thought you guys might want some too. So that is what
5 Salads, 5 Dressings, 5 Days is all about. In the summer when the freshest produce is available is really the best time to amp up your salad game. Salads don't always need to have lettuce in them. Like this salad I am sharing with you today. All the ingredients in this salad are healthy and nourishing.
One of the whole points to eating salad is to get all of its amazing health benefits so here a few things you may not know about some of the awesome ingredients in this salad.
Cashews: The cashew tree is actually native to Brazil, where its fruit is considered a delicacy. Cashews are rich in iron, phosphorus, selenium, magnesium and zinc. They are also good sources of phytochemicals, antioxidants, and protein. Make sure to use raw cashews for this recipe.
Salsa Verde: This salsa is made from Tomatillos, which are very common in Mexican cuisine. Tomatillos are high in Vitamin C and fiber, plus a whole slew of phyto-chemicals and anti-oxidants. They look like little green tomatoes with a paper like skin on the outside, more sour in taste than a tomato, but OH! very tasty! I love Salsa Verde because of its mild yet complex flavor, it is a mild salsa but packs its punch in its flavor.
Microgreens: Microgreens are one of those "hip" greens at the moment and I love them! In general, microgreens contain considerably higher levels of vitamins and carotenoids—about five times greater—than their mature plant counterparts, an indication that microgreens may be worth the effort. They are usually sold near sprouts in the produce section.
Hazelnuts: These nuts are so underrated! They are absolutely delicious in brownies, yes and salads too! They are also called Filberts, but usually the common name is hazelnut. Hazelnuts are rich in manganese, a mineral essential for the growth and strength of bones. Plus they are high in B Vitamins, Vitamin E and they help to create a healthy digestive system.
OK now you have some idea why this salad is healthy for you, so lets get to making it!
Snappy Strawberry Salad
3c. Snap Peas
2c. Micro Greens
1/4. Hazel Nuts
1) Trim End Off Snap Peas
2) Slice Strawberries Thinly
3) Place Snap Peas, Strawberries, Micro Greens, and Hazelnuts on plate or in bowl
Creamy Salsa Verde Dressing:
2/3c. Cashews (Raw, Unsalted, and Unsoaked)
4 TBLS. Salsa Verde (I like the kind in a jar at Trader Joe's)
3 TBLS. Water
1 TBLS. Fresh Lime Juice
4) Put all in blender and blend till creamy, if its too think add water a little at a time till you get consistency you like
5) Drizzle salad with Creamy Salsa Verde dressing to your liking
Serving Size: 2 Large Salads
The Salad Dressing Makes More Than Enough For 2 Salads. You Will Have Leftover For More Salads, Or I Like To Top Grains With It Too