Here is a little fun fact about me. I have the honour of celebrating my birthday! I have completed another trip around the sun and what a ride it has been! One of my favourite ways to celebrate my birthday is by eating good food with family and friends. One of my favourite foods is salad. It is true. I am not just saying that because it feels like the appropriate answer as a Nutritionist. As long as I can remember, salads have been at the top of my list. I never had to try to like them, I just naturally did. I am forever indebted to the natural tendencies of my taste buds. Whether you also like salads as much as I do, or you are kind of on the fence in regards to these leafy bowls, this recipe is sure to please!

Greens & Yummy BitsBirthday Salad
1 head of local romaine lettuce
2 big handfuls of local baby spinach
1 c. chopped apple with skin left on
1 c. blueberries
1/2 c. toasted sliced almonds
1/4 c. toasted pumpkin seeds

1/2 c. olive oil
1/3 c. white wine vinegar
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 tbsp. Elmira maple syrup
2 tbsp. fresh chives, chopped
1 tbsp. curry powder
1 tsp. soya sauce or tamari sauce for a gluten free option

Toss almonds & seeds in a little avocado oil and sea salt. Toast in oven for a few minutes at 250°F, being careful to stir frequently and not to burn. This should only take a few minutes. Allow mixture to cool.

Meanwhile, add ingredients for dressing into a glass jar and give a shake. You can make this the night before if you wish. Allow it to sit in the fridge for at least 10 minutes before using to let the flavours blend.

Now prepare the greens & yummy bits in a large salad bowl. Just before serving add as much dressing as you wish. If you don’t use it all, you will have some for tomorrow!


Photo by Luisa Brimble on Unsplash