It’s that time of year:
Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and… dun dun dun… it’s time to bring out the shorts.
Which always seems to come too soon after a long, comfort food eating and sunless winter. Amirite?!
Unfortunately, we’re just going to have to brave baring our legs until the color back comes back…
However, I’ve got just the idea for that comfort food eating streak we’ve all been on. Salads. Yummy, delicious, goody filled salads.
Because guess what friends, it’s salad season. And I’m kicking it off with this epic strawberry salad.
It may be simple, but it sure is delicious!
Strawberries are so flavorful that this salad doesn’t need much to become a fast favorite.
Which makes the nutrient density of the accompanying ingredients more important. Here’s the skinny…
I planned to start this section with my typical berry rant… how delicious they are, how good they are for you. But get this, strawberries aren’t berries rather the receptacle of a flower! (source)
None the less, they’re fantastically healthy… I mean there’s a reason this fruit is shaped like a heart!
Research suggests that “consuming 1 cup of strawberries may help improve heart health by reducing total cholesterol levels and lowering blood pressure, reduce the risk of some cancers, have anti-inflammatory effects and support cognitive function” (source).
They also happen to be “among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity”. In fact, one serving (8 strawberries) supplies more Vitamin C than an orange! (source).
How lucky are we that a fruit this delicious also happens to be super healthy?
Walnuts are the forgotten nut that makes an appearance in the occasional banana bread.
But let’s remember them. Because they’re ridiculously health.
In fact, walnuts are the only nut that had high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids…
…“which promote heart health and help lower blood pressure. You’ll get 2.5 grams of ALA per ounce of walnuts, but you don’t need a whole ounce to get results; eating even a few walnuts per day has been found to have health benefits” (source).
According to Dr. Oz, walnuts have been shown to reduce stress!
Salads like this are the perfect way to sneak a few more into your diet.
Now as far as the dressing goes…
This is my favorite go-to salad dressing, originally pulled from The Lemonade Cookbook. Ummmm have you ever been to a Lemonade restaurant?!
It’s an amazing chain that caters to the healthy food loving community.
Their cookbook also happens to be full of incredible recipes that are pretty easy to make! Check it out here.
Hope you enjoy this berry delicious (sorry I had to) strawberry salad as much as I do!
Helpful tip for the meal preppers of the world: I made a huge batch of this at the beginning of the week with individual dressing packets. I also grilled chicken breast and chopped it up. It made the perfect lunch for the whole work week!