When my mother- in- law offered me a container of baby arugula, I knew I could make an interesting salad and add some delicious protein rich cashews.
Arugula is a pungent green that looks like little pieces of wild lettuce. Of all the salad greens, it is one of the most nutritious. It is also a cruciferous vegetable which provides the some of the same protective health benefits as broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbages. It has a somewhat light peppery flavor and gives a salad a real pick me up. The raw cashews give it some protein and good fat, while the raisins sweeten up the bitterness of the arugula. The red cabbage adds additional antioxidants making this a nutrient rich meal.!
I mixed the arugula with 2 cups of organic romaine lettuce,
1 cup of chopped purple cabbage,
2 chopped vine ripened summer tomatoes,
one chopped green tomatillo, ( which has a tangy flavor)
1/2 a chopped sweet red pepper,
1 cup raw corn from the cob ( in summer)
1 cup sliced baby persian cucumbers
1/4 cup each of raw cashews, raw walnuts ( opt), and plump dark organic raisins.
I dressed the salad with my sister in law Joyci's dressing made with lemon, mint, parsley and red onion
The salad tasted as spectacular as it looked.
With some rice crackers and humus, my arugula salad served lunch to two hearty salad eaters.
You could be as creative as you like making this salad and use any vegetables that are seasonal. Personally, I love to include some purple cabbage in all my salads. It not only adds some incredible phytonutrients to the mixture, but it also adds some incredible color contrast. I love the purples, greens, and reds.
Its appealing and extra health giving.
This salad could be a perfect match with : Quick and Easy Hummus Bruschetta Appetisers or
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