Simple Green Salad with Toasted Seeds

December 29, 2015

Simple Green Salad with Toasted Seeds

This Simple Green Salad with Toasted Seeds is just what I felt like tonight. It’s a few days after Christmas and what a beautiful Christmas it was. I ate so much amazing food and shared some wonderful times with my family. I really am a simple girl who enjoys simple pleasures. The highlight of Christmas for me this year was a late night Christmas Eve sing along with my husband, Mum, Dad and my sister to our favourite songs of all time. I will remember that night for a long time. It was very special banging out some of the songs of the Cranberries with my little sis.

My Mum and sister put on a sumptuous spread and it was all gluten free, dairy free and sugar free. I indulged in lots of homemade chocolate bliss balls, some delicious paleo mango and coconut muffins, and a yummy ‘Hayley friendly’ Christmas pudding that Mum made in her Thermomix. Then there was the ham. A delicious baked ham glazed with a maple syrup and orange marinade. I don’t normally eat meat – maybe a piece of chicken or fish here and there – and I’m not normally into ham, but I have to say that it was the nicest ham I’ve ever had. Well done Mum!

Whilst everything I ate was healthy, homemade and cooked with love, I ate a whole lot of food. Way more than I would normally eat. It’s no surprise to me then that tonight I felt like eating light. Whilst I had such a lovely time away with my family, it is really great to get back home and back into my eating regime.

I thought I would share this recipe for my Simple Green Salad with Toasted Seeds because it is super simple and packed full of liver loving ingredients. After my Christmas indulgence, I’m just feeling like I need to be kind to my liver right now and undertake a bit of a detox! I intuitively felt like adding lots of fresh parsley and basil to my salad and lots of lemon juice. I decided to add some toasted pepitas and sunflower seeds for protein. You could also throw in some hemp seeds if you’re feeling like extra protein. Normally I would add some nuts, legumes or grains to my salads with seeds, but my body just didn’t feel like that tonight and I’m listening. So, here it is! My very Simple Green Salad with Toasted Seeds. A totally plant-based salad with lots of green organic vegetable goodness!

Simple Green Salad with Toasted Seeds

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of raw pepitas
  • 2 tablespoons of raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup of shredded lettuce, any varieties you like
  • 1/2 a small cucumber, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 an avocado, cut into chunks
  • A handful of fresh parsley, chopped
  • A handful of fresh basil leaves, the larger leaves torn into pieces and the smaller leaves left whole
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of good quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste (optional)

Method

  1. Add the pepitas and sunflower seeds to a small pan or skillet and toast over a medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until they are lightly golden. Swirl the seeds around in the pan frequently to ensure they toast on all sides. Once golden, remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Place all of the ingredients into a salad bowl and mix well to ensure the salad vegetables are well coated with the dressing. Serve immediately.

This salad is very lemony, but I like this flavour when I’m feeling like I’ve indulged a little too much. I also love the flavour of the parsley. There is something in this herb that always makes me feel better and more balanced.

Happy healthy eating!

 




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