Green Goddess Salad Bowl

This is a dish that my husband and I have made nearly every day for lunch for almost a year now. It is so nutritious and so tasty that even after this much time, we still look forward to it! We attribute the fact this salad is so delicious to the yummy dressing that is drizzled over the top. All four of my children agree and are even happy to have it drizzled over any other meal, anytime! Because of the ingredients used to make the dressing, it is a perfectly effortless way to get your kids to eat their greens!

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This recipe will serve two for a main course or will even stretch to four if you’re using it as a meal accompaniment. To make the salad half of the meal you will need the following ingredients:

1 head of lettuce (the darker the better!)
1 small cucumber, chopped
A range of different tomatoes (even different colours too!), chopped
2 spring onions, chopped – use all of it!
A large handful of black kalamata olives
1 red onion, sliced
1/2 an avocado, diced
A large handful of toasted pinenuts

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Simply combine all of these ingredients in a dish and mix well together!

Next, acquire the following ingredients to create the dressing:

The juice of 1/2 of a blood orange
7 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp. of tamari
1/2 an avocado
A fistful of coriander
A fistful of parsley
A fistful of mint
1 small garlic clove
1 tbsp. of agave nectar or 1 date, de-stoned
Sea salt and pepper to taste

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If you have a high-speed blender, such as a vitamix, then now is the time to get it out! Even if you don’t own a vitamix then a normal device will do the trick. Chuck all of the dressing ingredients into your blender and whizz together before pouring over your salad.

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This is such a gorgeous dish to make and takes next to no time to prepare once you have all of the ingredients. Salad is a lunch time favourite of many people and by including a healthy home-made dressing such as this one instead of heaps of pre-made supermarket stuff, you’re doing your body countless favours.

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The inclusion of an entire avocado in this meal, split between the salad and the dressing, is one aspect that is particularly good for you. Avacadoes are an amazing source of protein and carotenoids; despite often being associated with a high fat content, they are beneficial fats. These fats actually boost your HDL cholesterol count. As you may know, HDL is the good kind of cholesterol and is essential in the bodies fight against free radicals! The fat content is also good for the continued optimum health of your heart as it protects against a range of diseases.

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Blood oranges are fantastic for a variety of purposes, whether you’re eating them raw, squeezing the juice out of them or including in meals. They contain absolutely no cholesterol and an incredibly low amount of fat whilst also being rich in vitamin C, potassium and several other important vitamins and minerals. Consuming a portion of this fruit every day will do wonders for your health and they are also less acidic then usual types of orange.

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Green Pea Hummus

Green Pea Hummus is a simple to make dip that is bursting with nutrients. If you’re having a party or just a few people over then this is a great dish to make, especially served with some toasted pitta bread. It’s so quick to make that you can put it together fresh every time with absolutely minimal fuss. To create this recipe you will only need a handful of ingredients and most of you will already have a bag of frozen peas in the freezer ready to be used. So, what you will need is:

500g or 1lb 2oz frozen peas
2 tablespoons of tahini
Juice of 1-2 lemons
1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
2-3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1/2 bunch fresh coriander
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
A pinch of cayenne pepper, to serve

Firstly take the 500 grams of frozen peas and boil them in a pan of water for approximately five minutes. Once they have boiled you should drain them and give them a quick rinse under some cold water. You can then place all of them in your vitamix or food processor whilst also adding the tahini, the juice of the lemons, a tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil, the peeled garlic cloves and the cumin and coriander.

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Once you’ve blended everything together you may find that you have to add two or three tablespoons of cold water to thin it out slightly, however this isn’t always the case so if it already looks great, then leave it! Now you can mix in some sea salt and black pepper to taste and serve in a bowl. The final touch to this tasty dish is to sprinkle cayenne pepper over the top and it’s then ready to be eaten! The colour and appearance of this dip is much more appealing then a normal hummus dip and is sure to get any guests asking for the recipe.

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Green peas are amongst the most nutritious vegetables and are full of a huge variety of anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. They are also low in calories and contain absolutely no cholesterol. Peas are an especially great source of vitamin C which is essential for helping your body fight infections and illness. Vitamin K is also found in abundance in green peas which is necessary for maintaining healthy bones and ensuring your blood clots as it should.

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