So this week’s recipe is a breakfast salad. I know what you’re thinking, salad for breakfast? Healthy girl’s gone cray cray. But two things: a) it’s the same thing as a green smoothie (a very typical breakfast) just blended & b) savory breakfasts are actually pretty common. I got thinking about how breakfast sandwiches are mainstream, why not salads?
Now don’t get me wrong, I like a green smoothie for breakfast as much as the next guy and completely agree that starting your day with superstar greens is stellar for your body and energy, however sometimes you just want to chew!
So this is pretty much a fruitless green smoothie in salad form. I know what you’re thinking. Salad in the morning? No way, I want something sweet.
Gotcha covered, this salad is actually sweet without containing any fruit or sweeteners.
It may seem a little strange not having typical breakfasts foods in the morning like oats or fruit but really our bodies don’t need much in the morning (if anything at all) except simplicity. At least that’s what I crave. Never been one of those people who could eat a big savory meal in the morning with really intense flavors (ie. no leftover pizza for breakfast etc.) Simple fruit, smoothies and oats have always been my go-to breakfasts. However, lately I’ve been trying all sorts of things to start my day and seeing how I’ve been feeling & how much energy it gives me.
Still experimenting, but I know one thing – eating greens in the morning is a hit for my body and the simpler the better. While garlic & onions and such are great for our bodies and tasty in salads, I just can’t stomach that intense flavor in the AM.
While smoothies are great, super fast, can be eaten on the go, and you don’t even need to chew, this salad is pretty darn simple (but you will need to chew).
I was just playing around in my kitchen when I made this and it was so weird yet tasty I had to share the ‘recipe,’ so the measurements are just estimates so play around with what you like.
And just a quick note: the health benefits of this guy are off the chain. The bitter arugula, the cleansing lemon and cayenne, the healthy filling fats of the avocado, the warming blood sugar stabilizing cinnamon…literally everything in this is amazing for you in so many ways, start googling.
& one more thing this best part of this salad is that you can really tailor it and make it your own. Think of this as your base and dress it up however you’re feeling in the morning, like you would yogurt.
Quadruple S Salad: Sweet Spicy Salty Simple Salad
aka THE breakfast salad
-About four cups chopped arugula (get in there with your knife and really go to town chopping it small)
-2-3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
-Squeeze or two of fresh lemon
-Half of a large avocado (or a full small one)
-alfalfa sprouts or broccoli sprouts (any kind of mild sprouts)
-Pinch of Sea salt
-1 tsp. cinnamon
-½ tsp. cardamon
-Dash or two of cayenne (optional depending on how spicy you like)
optional sweet breakfast toppings:
sprouted blanched almonds (that’s what I had in the photo
goji berries (or any dried fruit)
dulse flakes (also in photo)