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Salad for Dinner

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A salad for dinner? Is that really a big enough meal with everything you need? Absolutely. If done right, a salad can be a very filling entree, full of nutrients, healthy fats, protein and fiber. Everything you need for digestion and fuel. We've made a Clean Chef staple here, but there are literally thousands of possible combinations you could try, so make this one or use the guide below but don't feel bound to just these ones. Create your own amazing combinations and share with us in the comments, what your favorites are!

For Clean Cleanse and Gut serves 1

prep time: 10 minutes

Here's the salad we made, and a guide to more ingredients and combination possibilities below.

Ingredients:

mixed greens, several handfuls for each person

roasted parsnips

radishes, quartered

sauerkraut

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 small red onion, sliced

pepitas

walnuts, chopped

dulse, shredded

sardines, whole or diced up

sprouts

olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a simple dressing

half a lemon, to drizzle over the top

Directions:

If you're using a warm roasted vegetable, do that first, or use leftovers.

Grab a large bowl and toss in a few handfuls of mixed leafy greens. Add a few leaves of fresh herbs (parsley, mint, cilantro). Toss to incorporate and either transfer the greens to your serving plate or bowl or save the extra dishes and use the same one you're mixing it in!

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Slice a celery stalk and medium sized carrot and add to the greens with some thinly sliced red onion and radish.

Add a handful of sauerkraut and a few sardines. Add the roasted parsnips (or whatever vegetable you have leftover).

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Drizzle the mixture with olive oil and top with a big squeeze of lemon juice. Sprinkle with sea salt and garnish with some added nuts or seeds (like pepitas and walnuts)  if you wish.

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A Mix and Match Guide

Use a mixture/wide variety of Greens 

this gives you the most nutrients possible and the ability to adjust for the seasons

Lettuce

Mixed Greens

Bitter Greens (mustard greens, dandelion)

Micro Greens (baby)

Fresh herbs

Sprouts

Edible Flowers (marigolds, nasturtium)

Dark leafy greens (things like kale, swiss chard, spinach) cooked, as they're easier to digest when steamed or quickly wilted.

 

Add a Fat

for necessary fuel and satiation

olive oil sesame oil

avocado slices (or oil)

olives

cold water fish (salmon, sardines)

nuts and seeds

Get some Protein

fuel for those muscles and keeps blood sugar in check

cold water fish (sardines, salmon, kippers)

nuts and seeds

sprirulina

grilled fish, chicken, lamb

leftover burger or stir fry meat

Slice or grate a vegetable or two. Or three or four. . . 

what's a salad without vegetables? Beets

Carrots

Radish

Turnips

Cucumber

Celery

 

Sprinkle some seeds 

adds crunch and extra nutrition

Pumpkin

Sunflower

Hemp

Sesame

 

Balance and Dress 

a bit of liquid and balancing ties it all together

lemon

lime

vinegar (apple cider or balsamic)

wheat free tamari

 

Optional: Add some Minerals

extra nutrition and crunch takes your salads to the next level

Dulse

Kelp flakes

Spirulina

Cultured Vegetables

Sprouts

 

Add a leftover/side (or cook something right then to use)

a great way to add more flavor, use up leftovers and create a filling meal, mixing warm with 

cooked beans or gluten free grains (millet, quinoa, brown rice)

roasted vegetables

hummus

guacamole

salsa (if using nightshades)

tapenades

Final Step

Mix it all up and enjoy!

Really, anything goes. So experiment, mix it up and let us know what you come up with!

Recipe//Frank Giglio Photography//Jenny Nelson

Topics: Clean Eats, salad

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