a huge fan of dark leafy greens in the past year, to the point that I really crave them. It's a happy place to be, because I feel great when I eat my greens, and you will too.
The huge serving of raw spinach in this salad is is high in fiber and protein, as well as niacin and zinc, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese.
Another key ingredient here is dulse, a sea vegetable that you can find in health food stores, or order online. It tastes amazing in this salad and is rich in iron, potassium, and other minerals. It is also a source of Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids as well as vitamin B-12.
Flaxseed oil is really delicious on this salad, and in my opinion tastes even better than olive oil on it. Flaxseed oil is rich in essential fatty acids and also promotes good digestive health as well as healthy skin, hair, and nails.
I've been addicted to this salad for months now, and I eat a huge bowl of it pretty much every night while I make dinner. It was inspired by a recipe in Healing with Raw Foods by Jenny Ross, which I greatly simplified to make it fast and easy.
This salad takes me about 5 minutes to put together.
SPINACH SALAD WITH DULSE, GARLIC, AND LEMON
(Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free)
(This makes 1 serving for me - adjust all amounts as needed)
4-6 cups fresh baby spinach
1 tsp dulse flakes
1 TBS fresh squeezed lemon juice, or to taste
1/2 tsp minced fresh garlic
1 TBS organic flaxseed oil (I like Barlean's.)
Place spinach in large bowl and sprinkle the dulse flakes over the top. Squeeze the lemon over it.
Whisk the minced garlic and the flax oil together in a small bowl and drizzle over the top of the spinach, dulse, and lemon. Toss and serve. Needs no additional salt.
Delicious (but not low fat, and not necessary) additions: chopped walnuts, kalamatas, tahini dressing.
Trust me, dark green looks good on you, baby!