Mar 30, 2016

Simple Blended Salad

 

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Blended Salad, where have you been all my life?!? Yes, I have heard of blended salads and I even posted one way back at the start of this blog in the form of a V-12 Smoothie. BUT, that was a rather complicated recipe and I only made it once or twice. THIS “salad” is sooooo good and so easy to prepare. I will be making many more of these and changing them up, that’s for sure!

So… the reason I even started whipping up blended salads in the first place is because I had THREE teeth pulled all at once, and on both sides of my mouth. Ouch. I had been battling for YEARS, probably ten years, with periodontal issues in these three molars (one was a wisdom tooth). I paid literally thousands of dollars trying to save these cute little teeth, but alas, I finally gave up and said, “Just take them out!” And boy, am I glad I did. What a relief to my body, which is no longer having to fight a persistent anaerobic infection in my mouth. Well, it’s a long story which led up to these extractions and I won’t bore you with the entirety of the saga. But let me say that if you have any deep perio pockets, just do whatever you can to be rid of them. Treacherous things they are! I can’t believe how much better I feel!!! My poor body was so TIRED of it. Fortunately I am healing quickly. Of course I am with all of the good nutrients I have stored up! 🙂 

So anyway, back to the lovely blended salad. I was dying, literally crying for a salad! I usually eat a big bowl of raw greens every day and without being able to chew for over a week, I decided to just take some simple salad ingredients and throw them in the blender. YUMMMM!!! Maybe it’s because I was missing my fresh veggies so much but this is the freshest, most wonderful thing I’ve ever eaten. Seriously. If you are a salad lover, you must try this. Not only is it yummy but it’s so quick to “eat”! I can usually dawdle for at least 30 minutes picking through my gigantic bowl of greens and things. Less chopping, too! So overall, this is a keeper, whether I’ve just visited my dentist or not.

You can really use any veggies you like to make a blended salad. But a few of the ingredients that I feel should not be left out are lettuce (of course), avocado for creaminess, parsley and lemon for amazing freshness, and spinach for added fluffiness and a vibrant, green color. Otherwise, go ahead and experiment… try adding some radishes for a peppery taste, jicama for some sweetness and different herbs and spices that you enjoy. And most of all, have fun! 

Healthy trails,

Helyn Signature

 

 

 

 

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Simple Blended Salad

Yield: 2 large drinks

A fresh alternative to a chopped salad that you will love!

Ingredients

  • 1 head fresh lettuce of your choice (I used a beautiful head of fluffy green leaf lettuce)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 celery ribs
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 spring onion stalks
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 2 large handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1 lemon, peeled and pits removed
  • optional add-ins!
  • handful or nuts or seeds (hemp seeds would probably be wonderful in there!)
  • ginger for a spicy kick
  • sprouts and/or microgreens for another punch of nutrients

Method

  1. Roughly chop the veggies. If using a regular cucumber (as opposed to an English cucumber), I recommend peeling it as the skin can be quite bitter.
  2. Start by blending the highest water content veggies first--cucumber, pepper and celery. You won't need to add any water because these veggie are so high in natural water!
  3. Add the remaining veggies, a handful at a time, and blend until smooth.
  4. Drink right away. It doesn't keep well, as it will oxidize quickly.
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5 responses to “Simple Blended Salad”

  1. JCB says:

    I suppose you need a Vitamix for this?

    • helynskitchen says:

      Well, a high powered blender is always the best option but since you’re not necessarily blending nuts (you could use nut butter as an extra ingredient) I think any blender would probably do the job for this. Thanks for asking!

  2. Jen says:

    What a great idea! Can’t wait to try this. 😃

  3. Devora says:

    Looks like another winner, Helyn! Can’t wait to try this.

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