If you've been following my posts for the last 12 days, you know that I started with a post about eating a rainbow! This is the idea of getting a serving of a vegetable of every color throughout the day.
But what if you could get a little bit of the whole rainbow in one sitting?
I'm going to give you a list of items that you can incorporate into one big, delicious, juicy salad. That way, you can pick one item from each "color" heading, throw them together and get out the door fast to enjoy some of this amazing sunshine.
So, let's be daring and start at the opposite end of the rainbow with the
Purples and Blues
I'm going to group these together because they can be a bit tricky and intimidating. Here are some easy ways to get your purples and blues!
blueberries (you can find them dried in some stores), borage, grapes, boiled or roasted wedges of purple potatoes, roasted eggplant strips, purple cabbage (cooked or raw), plums, figs, raisins, purple carrots, purple radish, blackberries, currants, prunes, purple kholrabi, purple bell pepper, purple tomatoes and escarole
Well, green is pretty self-explanatory. Most things in nature are green. But here are some ideas outside the lettuce crate...
broccoli, cucumber, zucchini, peas, fresh herbs like parsley or cilantro, green grapes, artichokes, kiwis, bitter greens like mustard or collard, kale, endive, pistachios, AVOCADO (yum), soy and fava beans
corn, crookneck or pattypan squash (the one vegetable I cannot stand!), banana chips, lemon cucumber, bell pepper, golden beets, cauliflower, apples, mangos, peaches and golden beets
cantaloupe, roasted butternut squash, carrots, orange segments, sweet potatoes, bell peppers, apricots
radish slices, tomatoes, strawberries, raspberries, swiss chard, apples, dried cranberries, cherries, red lettuce, grapes, pomegranate, beets and red onions
Throw it all together and dress it! Try fresh or dried herbs, salts, peppercorns, vinegars, oils, citrus juices or your favorite dressing. Add chopped up, raw garlic or ginger for an added punch! Eat it as a chopped salad or spoon it into lettuce leaves to make amazing lettuce wraps (raw tacos).
Today, my rainbow salad was...
...this guy. Tomatoes, carrots, golden beets, avocado, blueberries, purple cabbage and raw ginger, dressed with oil, vinegar, salt and herbs and all wrapped up in butter lettuce leaves for amazing veggie wraps! Bon appetit, you healthy foodie, you!