Apr 22, 2013

Good Morning Sunshine Breakfast Salad

Happy Earth Day! This year I can honestly say that I am supporting our dear Mother Earth by eating locally grown, organic foods from sustainable sources, recycling and growing my own garden! Eating a plant-based diet every day can help protect our natural resources…

“Keeping your diet focused on plant-based foods is not only a way to improve your health, it’s also a way to improve the health of our planet. Choosing organic foods that have been produced in a sustainable manner is a way to protect yourself from unwanted pesticide residues and other food contaminants that can degrade your body systems. It is also a way to protect the environment from practices that can degrade the quality of our soil, water, and air. And by protecting our environment, we can help pave the way for future production of healthy foods.”   ~ The World’s Healthiest Foods (The George Mateljan Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation with no commercial interests or advertising, is a new force for change to help make a healthier you and a healthier world).

Speaking of healthy foods, here is today’s post!


This bright and colorful breakfast salad will knock your slippers off! Fresh, fresh, FRESH. Perfect for a sunny morning and a great start to your day. I used Boston lettuce, also known as Bibb or butter lettuce, which is a great lettuce to use for a breakfast salad since it is very mild in flavor. I was surprised to learn that Boston lettuce is quite high in nutrients. It ranks about the same as Romaine.

The creamy strawberry dressing really blends all of the flavors together. Simply luscious. I was in heaven eating this salad!

Ingredients:

      ~ the salad

  • 1 large head Boston lettuce
  • 1 sweet apple
  • 2 ripe mangos
  • 2 cups ripe papaya
  • 2 oranges, sectioned
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 carrot, finely grated
  • raw sunflower seeds for garnish

      ~ the strawberry dressing

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Directions:

  1. First make your dressing by placing all ingredients into a high powdered blender. Blend until smooth and set aside.
  2. Cut up the lettuce into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Cut the apple, mangos and papaya into bite-sized pieces.
  4. Shred the carrot.
  5. Combine all fruit and the carrot into a bowl and toss to combine.
  6. Plate the salad and top with the fruit and some sunflower seeds.
  7. Serve with the dressing.
I must talk a little bit here about papaya. If you haven’t fallen in love with them yet, you really should buy a nice big one, put it on your window sill until very ripe and partake! Some people think it’s an acquired taste. I call it an acquired love. When I first tasted a papaya I found its slightly musky taste repelling. Now I can eat an entire papaya by myself, thank you very much! Their buttery texture and sweet, soft flesh is like nothing else on earth. Papaya also has MANY health benefits… from anti-inflammatory effects to promoting eye health and more, papaya is most well known for its beneficial enzyme, papain, which helps digest proteins. 
What about those funny looking, squishy seeds? Eat them! They are peppery and crunchy and are said to have antibacterial and anti-parasitic properties. Yes, they taste a bit weird but I always eat about a teaspoonful when I have a papaya and actually look forward to them now that I am accustomed to their unusual flavor.
Makes 2 large salads. Enjoy!

Healthy trails,

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