The spring season is here. Get excited with a healthy spinach salad made with strawberries. This Mindful recipe is easy to prepare and it makes for a delicious, light lunch.
Strawberry spinach salad with honey balsamic vinaigrette is a really simple meal, but the ingredients can make a big impact on your health. For instance, spinach is full of vitamin K and vitamin A, healthy nutrients that are known for reducing stress. There have been a number of health studies have also concluded spinach consumption aids in the reduction of cardiovascular disease, a host of cancers, age related macular degeneration, and cataracts.
Strawberries are delicious and make a great addition to this salad. Plus, there are over 600 varieties of strawberries to choose from like Blakemore, Cardinal, and Sweet Charlie. This sweet fruit is full of vitamin C and are high in fiber. These sweet fruits can also help your body combat heart attack, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. And the antioxidants in strawberries can also help reduce stress.
It’s Packed with Even More Nutrients!
Other superstar ingredients in this salad include honey, olive oil, and walnuts. Honey helps with gastrointestinal disorders, heart disease, and throat irritation. Walnuts have a high iron, magnesium, and fiber content. These healthily nutrients are why walnuts are perfect for stress reduction, reduced risk of heart disease, and lower cholesterol. High levels of vitamin E and vitamin K can also be found in olive oil. Researchers have found a plethora of health benefits for olive oil including preventing heart disease, reducing inflammation, and managing weight.
Do these ingredients sound delicious to you? Why not give this yummy salad a try? Listed below is the Mindful recipe:
- 1 bunch fresh spinach
- 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries (toss in Stevia for added sweetness and flavor)
- 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- salt (to taste)
- ground black pepper (to taste)
- Combine the spinach, strawberries, cheese, and walnuts in a large bowl.
- Put the balsamic vinegar, local honey and olive oil together in a blender.
- Season the dressing with salt and pepper.
- Drizzle the dressing over the salad just before serving.