As of late, I’ve had the worst time trying to come up with topics or even video footage to upload to my YouTube channel. It wasn’t until I took a look at some previous footage that I got the idea to showcase my version of making my favorite crisp and crunchy mixed green salad. I realize it’s not an earth-shattering recipe but it does show what I’ve been eating so take a look for yourself.
To make this article even more helpful, I’ve taken the extra steps to provide the benefits of some of the fruits and veggies listed in this salad. (See ingredients below)
Ingredients: *Select as many organic veggies as possible to really taste what nature offers.
- Curly Mustard Greens
- Dino Kale
- Curly Kale
- Collard Green
- Red, Green, Yellow Bell Peppers
- Red Onion
- Roma Tomatoes
- Lemon or lemon juice
- Orange Bell Pepper (optional)
- Carrots (optional)
- Chile Pepper (optional)
- Salad Dressing
The benefits of the above-mentioned ingredients are really the true reason I love this salad. Many of you may not be aware that collard and mustard greens are not a standard in salads today but I think they add a healthy and hearty taste to the mix.
Speaking of collard greens, they are rich in vitamin C, beta carotene and also contain indoles, one of the phytonutrients thought to protect the body against breast and ovarian cancer.
Spinach is also a cancer-fighting food that has four times the beta carotene than broccoli. It’s rich in fiber and helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes. So eating spinach coupled with collard greens will help increase the absorption of vitamin C, especially since spinach contains vitamins C, B6, calcium, potassium, folate, thiamine and zinc.
As for kale, there are so many listed benefits that I cannot present them all in one article. However, I can state that it is high in vitamins K and A. Kale is now identified as providing complete support for the body’s detoxification system.
The delicious added bonus of mustard greens to a salad is a wide range of phytonutrients benefits like reducing oxidative stress on cells in the body. This is useful as an added cancer-fighting property. Furthermore, it’s high in vitamin E.
Whether raw or cooked, onions are antibacterial and antiviral, which helps to relieve bronchial congestion, hay fever and asthma. Additionally, it fights off colds and combats the formation of clogged arteries.
Lastly, the great benefit of fruits like tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumber sare interesting to say the least. Tomatoes come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. They are best eaten when fully ripened and provide a good source of magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, beta carotene and vitamins C & E. On the other hand, bell peppers contain some B complex vitamins and iron along with other significant amounts of vitamin C. Cucumbers are a different fruit but offer all your favorite payoffs. They keep the body hydrated, are great for skin, contain B & C vitamins and help to regulate blood pressure.
So enjoy your mixed green salad!