Salad and Smoothie
Two of my favorite things to eat are salads and smoothies. Even though making these items from scratch may seem like a lot of work, they really aren’t! However, in order to make salads and smoothies taste delicious, I highly suggest you use high quality ingredients.
I’ve recently been cooking with Earthspring Organics. Earthspring Organics is a local company (a huge bonus in my book ) that uses a hydroponic system on a vertical farm. They harvest and deliver their organic lettuces daily to offer their customers fresh products. Their products can be found in most neighborhood grocery stores including Natural Grocers, Macey’s, Dans, Dicks, Clark’s, Fresh Market, Winder Farms, Kent’s Foods, and Davis Food & Drug. If their products are not in your local grocery store, they encourage you to request their products from the produce manager. Fortunately for me, they will be in Harmons and Smith’s soon!
Below are two of my favorite recipes that I made using Earthspring Organics greens.
Energy Booster Smoothie
Feeling lackluster? Needing an energy boost? Try my Energy Booster Smoothie to start your day out on the right foot!
- 1 1/2 cups spinach
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup mango, diced
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp coconut manna
- 1/2 cup milk, almond or cow's
- 1 tbsp chia seeds for topping, optional
In a blender, combine all ingredients except chia seeds. Add 1/3 cup of ice and blend until smooth. Pour into a cup and top with chia seeds.
The fun thing about smoothies is their versatility. If you don’t have a banana or mango, you can sub out any fruit of choice. Just keep in mind that red fruit mixed with green spinach creates a brownish looking smoothie! It’s still delicious, just not as pretty to look at.
One of my all time favorite salads is here for you! The dressing is light, easy, and pairs well with any entree.
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 small shallot minced
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 bag mixed greens
- 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
- ½ cup pecans chopped
In a bowl, combine all dressing ingredients.
In a salad bowl, combine salad fixings and top with desired amount of dressing
Even though my citrus salad is delicious all on its own, I highly suggest eating it with spaghetti and the BEST tomato sauce. It’s also a great side dish to bring to a party. Just make the dressing in advanced and assemble the salad at the party. It’s easy and an item everyone will love. I promise.