Quick, simple, delicious, and super nourishing. Sold? So am I. I must be because I had this two days in a row and I get bored with things fast. Well, except for salads. I can't seem to get tired of them but you gotta vary the dressing, right? ...And the rest of the ingredients, which I try to remember once in a while. Well, here's the dressing of today's (and yesterday's) salad:
Goddess Avocado Dressing*
(Makes about 2 cups)
1 1/2 avocado
2 cloves garlic
juice of 1 small lemon
~1 tsp salt
1/2-1 tsp fresh ground pepper
1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cups water
Optional: pinches of cayenne pepper and/or oregano
Blend all of the ingredients until smooth. Add more water if not easily pourable. Taste test and add seasoning if necessary. Remember to start with less, you can always add more but can't take any salt/pepper, or even water, out.
Chop up some lettuce or other greens and veggies of your desire. I kept it very simple. This time it was romaine lettuce, cucumber, red cherry bomb pepper, tomato, green onion, and radishes. That's it. Add slices of avocado, shredded cabbage/carrots/beets, red onions, green apples, nuts, seeds, etc. if you wish. Smother with a generous amount of dressing, mix and serve.
The main ingredient of this dressing, avocado, has a laundry-list of health benefits. Chances are you already know this, but it's always good to be reminded of such wonderful things...
These unique fruits are very rich in vitamins such as C, E, K, B6, and folate (B9) and minerals like potassium, copper, magnesium, and manganese. They're loaded with fiber and very rich in monounsaturated fat, that is the good kind of fat you want to eat, and they're among foods with the highest lutein content. All this translates to a delicious addition to salads and side-dishes that can help protect you from cardiovascular disease, different types of cancers, boost your body's nutrient absorption capabilities, and support your eyes by preventing macular degeneration and cataract formation.
Happy Summer (if you live on the Northern Hemisphere), Happy Winter otherwise!