A watercress citrus salad to help put a little sunshine in these wintry spring days we have been having.
It was the last week of Navel Oranges at the markets this week, so I bought a big bag so we could have them on hand to enjoy. I love squeezing the juice into my Bircher Meusli. Since starting our plant based life-style we have become really passionate about cooking.
ultra-health-foodie road. I shop at farmers markets and co-ops and Whole Foods more than I ever did before I was vegan, and I pay extra for organic. Our new lifestyle has led us to learn more about food, to the point that we are hyper-selective and sceptical about what we buy.
I’m sure you’ve heard the adage by now: “Pay for it now, or pay for it later.” The money we spend on the healthiest food possible is an investment in our future health that will pay off down the road.
We are having fun with our new food journey, trying things we have never tried before. We get excited by the thought of trying different recipes, food and flavors we have never tried before. We are trying new things such as Apple Pie Smoothie and Smoky Chick Pea wraps with Lemon Tahini Sauce. We are being creative and constantly improving our recipes.
This recipe was delicious as the season for oranges and strawberries overlapped. Goodbye Winter and hello Spring.
- Large Handful of Watercress
- 1 Orange
- 1 Mandarin
- 2 Tablespoons Pistachios (organic, shelled and crushed)
- 1 Cup Strawberries (thawed if using frozen)
- 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
- ¼ Cup Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon (or grainy) Mustard
- 1 Clove Garlic
- 2 Tablespoons Water
- 1 Teaspoon Sugar
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 2 Teaspoons Poppy Seeds
This salad is not only delicious but very good for you.
Watercress contains vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus which are all required for a healthy body.
Oranges are an excellent source of vitamin C. They are also a very good source of dietary fiber. In addition, oranges are a good source of B vitamins including vitamin B1, pantothenic acid and folate as well as vitamin A, calcium, copper and potassium..
Mandarin provide a boost of vitamins and minerals, yet have few calories and not even 1 gram of fat.
Strawberries are not only are they juicy, summery and delicious, they're a bona fide superfood, too. Nutrient-rich and packed with antioxidants (like vitamin C), strawberries offer a wide range of health benefits, some of which may surprise you. Helps burn stored fat, boosts short term memory, low in calories – high in fibre, eases inflammation, lowers cardiovascular disease, promotes bone health, prevents oesophageal cancer, anti-aging properties, good for weight loss, promotes eye health. Think we will be eating lots of strawberries this summer.
The health benefits of pistachios include a healthy heart, weight management, protection against diabetes and hypertension, and improved digestion. The vitamins, minerals, fats and protein found inpistachio are all very good for your health.
Poppy seeds contain good levels of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium