What better way to incite an overwhelming feeling of want for vegetables at the dinner table than by dressing them up to look more appealing than every other dish present? Salads only became a staple meal for me in the more recent years when I began growing beautifully unique and exciting food. I needed a way to get my friends and family as excited about eating them as I was and figured that the only successful way I could achieve this was to make them look as inviting as I possibly could. I was right.

As it turns out, a salad a day can help to keep the doctor away too. Simply by increasing your intake of greens and veggies at each meal you directly increase your intake of micronutrients and essential vitamins and minerals. It also gives you a sense of satiety which can decrease your urge to eat those not-so-good-for-you foods.

So these are two of my go to salads that I love including with my dinners and lunch. Sometimes I’ll have them as a side or on their own depending on how much of a rush I’m in to head out the door. What I love most about them is that their visual appeal and explosion of taste conceals how rather simple and easy they are to prepare. As a matter of fact, each salad takes no more than 10 minutes to create and will be ready way before any other dish you re prepping. They’re a hit with children too; my younger cousins will clear their bowls out and come looking for more like they had none to begin with.

Spring’s Essential Tossed Salad

Serves 1

5 medium lettuce leaves, washed and chopped to your desired width

1 small radish, thinly sliced

1 sprig chives and their blossoms, chopped

5 mint leaves, chopped or left whole

1 tbsp dried cranberries, optional

Method

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and enjoy!

 

Purple Passion Walnut-Maple Salad

Serves 2-3

1/2 small purple cabbage, washed and chopped to your desired texture

1 sprig chives, chopped

2 stems parsley, chopped

2 stems cilantro, chopped

10 mint leaves, chopped

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup dried cranberries

6 tbsp pure maple syrup, add more or less for taste

5 tbsp maple or red wine vinegar, add more or less for taste

2 tbsp dijon mustard, add more or less for taste

Method

Combine all ingredients together in a bowl and adjust condiments to taste. Enjoy!