Anti-Inflammatory Salad

Anti-Inflammatory Salad

Anti-Inflammatory Salad

Monday after Super Bowl many people might be feeling a salad after indulging in delicious game day eats. That along with it being Meatless Monday seemed like the perfect time for sharing this Anti- Inflammatory Salad. I was planning on sharing this weeks ago but it was one of the many recipes that I accidentally erased the photos for. I cleared a card from my camera thinking I had uploaded them to my computer but grabbed the wrong card. Which means I will have to re-photograph many recipes I had planned to share this month.

One of the top recipes pinned on the blog in the last year is my Anti-Inflammatory Buddha Bowl. Which just happens to contain foods that I love and enjoy often. This is a quick and easy salad that can be thrown together for a quick and easy lunch or dinner. While I’m not a big fan of salad kits there are a couple that have been staples for years like the Sweet Kale Salad Mix. There are many brands that now make a Sweet Kale Salad Mix. Usually I get the big bag from Costco that Eat Smart, but they sell smaller bags at many other stores and I’ve seen a couple other brands including one at Trader Joe’s. There is a difference with the Trader Joe’s one though as it contains a different nut/seed blend packed and has dried blueberries instead of dried cherries but either will work in this salad. I then transform these salads with different toppings and make my own dressing. It’s an easy way to get a variety of greens without having to buy them all, or prepping them, which is what I love.

Anti-Inflammatory Salad

Anti-Inflammatory Salad

One of my favorite ways to transform this salad is this Anti-Inflammatory Salad, a close second is one I make with apples. For this salad you can either purchase pre-cooked refrigerated beets or if you meal prep you can roast your beets ahead. I usually make this with just red beets but sometimes I like to have fun and use golden beets. I just happened to have some pre-cooked golden beets I bought at Trader Joe’s. The only thing about them is they put something with them so I rinse them off. If you pick up refrigerated pre-cooked beets the hardest part of making this salad is shaking, or blending, together the Turmeric Vinaigrette. Not that cooking beets is hard it just takes time to roast them and when you get the craving for this salad and don’t have beets already roasted sitting in the refrigerator refrigerated pre-cooked make it easy.

Turmeric Dressing Salad

Anti-Inflammatory Salad

Besides tasting good and having texture this salad packs some serious nutrition so it meets all my requirements! Anti-inflammatory foods are something I focus on for recovery especially as I age and my body doesn’t handle the stress of exercising as much as it use to. In order to maintain a very active lifestyle I focus on these foods. One of the best ways to heal our bodies is with whole food nutrition. I love turmeric and ginger, golden turmeric milk is a favorite and recipes that use them. Here are a few favorites. Did you know that there are many other anti-inflammatory foods? Many that I’ve included in this salad as well as many others that I consume on a regular basis.

A breakdown on the anti- inflammatory foods in this salad:
Kale is an incredibly effective anti-inflammatory food, potentially preventing and even reversing these illnesses.
Beets are a source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are the two best-studied betalains from beets, and both have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support
Blueberries, and cranberries, I think we all know are packed with antioxidants and phytoflavinoids. These berries are also high in potassium and vitamin C
Pumpkin seeds are filled with minerals including phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron and copper. Pumpkin seeds, along with many other seeds and nuts, help reduce inflammation.
Turmeric supports a healthy immune system as it’s packed with antioxidants and includes great anti-inflammatory properties.
Ginger is well known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. To help relieve nausea, help with digestion, and for helping relieve pain and reduce inflammation.

Again I’m not a doctor or a dietitian but I do my research and try to pack in as much nutrition, superfoods, and anti-inflammatory foods to aid in my recovery. There aren’t any miracle foods but any way I look at it you can’t go wrong with healthy whole food nutrition or consuming any of the foods in this salad.

Meatless Monday, or any day, this salad is a winner in my book! Thank you for joining my co-host Deborah and me for another Meatless Monday. I hope you are inspired by this recipe and the ones linked up below. Have a Meatless Monday recipe to share I hope you link up with us below.

Anti-Inflammatory Salad

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Anti-Inflammatory Salad
Transform a bag of Sweet Kale Salad Mix into a power packed Anti-Inflammatory Salad in minutes with only a few ingredients. Gluten free and vegan.
Anti-Inflammatory Salad
Course Dinner, Lunch
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 24-28 oz bag Sweet Kale Salad Mix and nut/seed and dried fruit packet included*
  • 1 1/2 c fresh blueberries
  • 16 oz cooked, cooled, and peeled beets quartered or chopped
Turmeric Dressing
  • 1/3 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Course Dinner, Lunch
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 24-28 oz bag Sweet Kale Salad Mix and nut/seed and dried fruit packet included*
  • 1 1/2 c fresh blueberries
  • 16 oz cooked, cooled, and peeled beets quartered or chopped
Turmeric Dressing
  • 1/3 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TBSP lemon juice
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Anti-Inflammatory Salad
Instructions
  1. Mix or shake together dressing ingredients. You can also blend them together if you want a smooth dressing.
  2. Divide salad mix between bowls, top with beets, blueberries, and the nut/seed mixture.
  3. Serve or drizzle with dressing.
  4. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

I get the 28oz Eat Smart bag from Costco, or use 2 12oz bags of Eat Smart or Trader Joe's Sweet Kale Salad Mix.

You will use the included nut/seed and dried fruit packet that comes with the salad but not the dressing packet.

 

Quick, easy, delicious, and #healthy Anti-Inflammatory Salad perfect for #MeatlessMonday! Click To Tweet
Anti-Inflammatory Salad

Anti-Inflammatory Salad

 

 

Meatless Monday

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I’m also linking up with Food, Pleasure and Health and The Fit Foodie Mama for their #MeatlessMonday!

20 Responses to Anti-Inflammatory Salad

  1. That stinks about your photos!!! Great salad!

  2. Hi Sarah! This is gorgeous! I love ALL the superfoods you packed in this.

  3. Abbey Sharp says:

    That salad dressing is gorgeous! I would love this salad for lunch!
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  4. Emily says:

    Mmm I just had a salad very similar!! I’ve been obsessed with butternut squash in salads. Can’t wait to try this one. Beets are such a yummy addition.

  5. I don’t ever think about mixing blueberries and beets but hey why not?! This looks fantastic
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  6. Amy Gorin says:

    Yum, this looks so tasty! What wonderful ingredients!

  7. Laura says:

    I just LOVE all the colors in this salad! We are all sick in my house, so we could use a bowl {or two} of this for dinner tonight for sure!
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  8. I appreciate this recipe – I really need to start adding more anti-inflammatory foods to my diet and this is perfect.
    Alisa Fleming recently posted…Eat Dairy Free ‘Keep it Simple’ Menu Plan with Printable Shopping ListMy Profile

  9. Such a bright and refreshing salad! I could eat one of these every single day!

  10. What a delicious salad for lunch or dinner! Love all the colors from the fruits and veggies!

  11. love all the color and texture in this bowl…and i have been enjoying roasted beets in my salad too.

  12. Emily Kyle says:

    I am in love with these bright, vibrant colors! They just scream anti-inflammatory goodness!
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  13. Annmarie says:

    Wow. How bright and colorful – looks absolutely delicious!
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  14. I love how bright and colorful this salad is! It looks absolutely scrumptious!
    Sonali- The Foodie Physician recently posted…Ultimate Breakfast Burritos with Sweet Potato HashMy Profile

  15. Lorie says:

    My dad just started adding turmeric to his diet for arthritis and can’t believe the impact. Sending this recipe his way now!
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  16. This salad is simply gorgeous! I need some anti-inflammatory salad in my life. I absolutely love beets + blueberries as well. All of these flavors sound perfect together and I think I will be making this for lunch. That dressing sounds insane as well 🙂

  17. Mikki says:

    Oh my! This Budda Bowl looks amazing! Love all the different veggies and fruits in there. Beets are my jam right about now! And that dressing… that sounds amazing!

  18. Christine says:

    Looks delicious and gorgeous! So colorful. Love that you’ve combined both fruit and vegetables!

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