Today we’d like to share with you a one of our most basic recipes, a spring-inspired micro-greens salad with homemade dressing. Personally I feel salads are one of the ultimate ways to express the changing of seasons. Spring is so fleeting, but with its arrival it brings some of the most beautiful and delicious produce. Visit your local farmers’ market and you are sure to find pink and red stalks of fresh rhubarb, handpicked strawberries, even white and purple asparagus. With these vibrant ingredients you can assemble almost any type of salad that look as great as it taste.
For this recipe you’ll be using fresh micro-greens, instead of lettuce. While some types of lettuce are rich in vitamins, I would highly recommend avoiding iceberg lettuce. Iceberg not only rates poorly in nutrient content, but it can accumulate toxic metals such as cadmium. Iceberg lettuce is most commonly found in prepared salads, if possible try switching it out for a darker leafy green. Micro-Greens are considered the newest superfoods because of their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification properties. My Favorite micro-greens are the bull’s blood beets. Tender and sweet with a beet-like flavor, these micro-greens produce beautiful deep red and purple shoots topped with rich green and red colored leaves.
Once you’ve picked out a type of micro-green you like, you will then top off these greens with slices of fresh organic strawberries and a homemade rhubarb strawberry dressing. For the dressing we blended slices of fresh rhubarb and organic strawberries. We then combine four parts MCT oil to one part red wine vinegar. This homemade salad dressing is easy to make and a healthier alternative to bottled and commercial dressings. Almost all pre-packaged dressings, particularly the low fat variety, contain cheap and low-quality polyunsaturated oils: soy, cottonseed, corn and safflower. These oils are stripped of nutrients and become rancid due to either high-temperature or solvent extraction processes. Ingesting these oils can be extremely toxic to our bodies. That is why we’d like to share this simple-toss-and serve recipe with you.
Prep Time: 5-10 Minutes | Total Time: 10 Minutes
- 2 packages of organic micro-greens, bull’s blood beets, 4 servings
- 4 stalks rhubarb, for the dressing
- 6-10 organic strawberries, for the dressing
- 5 organic strawberries, cut and sliced for the salad
- 1/8 – 1/4 cups water
- 1/2 cup MCT oil
- 2 1/2 Tablespoons organic red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon ground sweet basil
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- Vitamix or standard food processor
- small cutting knife
- mixing bowl
- wire whisk
- serving bowl
Preparing Your Rhubarb Strawberries Dressing:
Wash and dry all produce. Trim away the leaves and stalk ends of the rhubarb and remove the leaves from the strawberries.
Place rhubarb and strawberry slices in food processor until finely chopped. Then slowly add 1/8 to 1/4 cups of cold water, thin the water as necessary to achieve desired consistency.
Strain the rhubarb / strawberry juice over a mixing bowl, making sure to separate all the liquid from any remaining bits of produce.
Add 1/2 cup of MCT oil and 2 1/2 Tablespoons of organic red wine vinegar. Season to taste with the sea salt, ground pepper and ground sweet basil. Whisk until all of the ingredients are well combined.
Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Preparing Your Micro-greens Salad:
The final step to this recipe is easy. Take your favorite serving bowl, combine the micro-greens and slices of fresh organic strawberries.
Drizzle the dressing over the greens, enough to lightly coat. Toss to mix well and you are ready to serve, enjoy!