This salad is a perfect side dish, and would be a highlight at your Thanksgiving feast. Bitter greens, like the ones found in this salad, are an amazing addition to your meals. They’re teeming with nutrition, packed with fiber, and they help kickstart the digestive process. Most of us don’t eat enough bitter foods, so we miss out on their many benefits. Best of all, their taste is balanced by the sweetness of apple and beet. We hope you enjoy this beautiful and tasty way to include more bitter foods in your diet.
Benefits of Almond Salad
The bitter greens the almond salad recipe calls for have very powerful and positive effects on our health. These greens provide a bounty of nutrition to the meal. Vitamins A, C, and K, folate, and folic acid are only some of the nutrients contained in these greens. Bitter greens like dandelion help support your eyes, nervous system, and skin. The almonds in the salad are also very powerful health supporters. The nutrients in almonds — like Vitamin E, antioxidants, magnesium, and healthy fat — help protect the cell membrane, defend against oxidation, and help manage blood sugar levels.
For Cleanse and Gut
Makes: 2 small side salads
What You’ll Need:
1 whisk or fork
1 small bowl or jar
1 salad bowl
1 pan (optional)
1 baking tray (optional)
For the Salad:
2 ounces bitter greens (mustard, arugula, dandelion, etc.)
1 tart apple, sliced thin (Pink Lady, Liberty or any other crisp apple works well)
1 medium sized roasted beet, quartered OR 1 medium sized raw beet, grated
¼ cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped
For the Vinaigrette:
1 tablespoon minced shallot
3 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar (could also use brown rice, apple cider, or balsamic)
¼ cup olive oil
pinch of sea salt
If you wish to use a roasted beet, preheat the oven to 350°F, then coat the beet in olive oil and sea salt and roast on a baking tray until tender (about 30-45 minutes.)
In a small bowl or jar whisk together the ingredients for the dressing, then set aside. (You can use a whisk or fork.)
If the pecans aren’t toasted, do so by warming them in a dry heavy bottomed pan. Once golden brown, remove them from the pan, let cool, then roughly chop.
Prepare the apple and beet.
Toss the greens with the apple, beet, and pecans, then mix in the vinaigrette.
Recipe by Frank Giglio
Photography by Jenny Nelson