With the temperatures finally warming up, it’s time to get back to big mixing bowl lunch salads. The poor soup and chili left in my freezer may be there for a little while. I’m now all about crunchy, raw, rainbow bowls of salad. This one happens to be the perfect transitional mix of root veggies and citrus mixed with crunchy peas and seeds. Happy spring eating!
Beet and Carrot Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
This rainbow bowl of root veggies, crisp peas, and bright citrus makes for a refreshing light al fresco lunch. Pair with a seedy, multi-grain bread to make more filling.
1 orange or grapefruit
1 lime, zested
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1/4 c applesauce
2 T apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 c mixed greens
1 c snap peas
2 small beets, grated
3 small carrots, grated
2 T pumpkin seeds, toasted
3 T hemp seeds
Juice grapefruit and lemon. Combine juice with zest from lemon and lime. Add vinegar, applesauce, salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
Rinse and chop mixed greens. Toss with dressing. Top with peas, beets, carrots, and seeds.
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Per serving: 231 kcal, 22 g carbs, 12 g fat, 12 g protein, 270 mg sodium, 11 g sugar
My favorite way to eat radishes is either as a garnish or in a salad. This simple slaw salad is full of bright flavors, crunchy veggies, and tangy citrus. A perfect winter pick me up lunch, especially if you’ve been filling up on too many hearty soups through these cold months.
Citrus Radish Slaw Salad
- 1/2 c grated radish
- 1/2 c grated carrot
- 1 medium avocado, cubed
- 1 small grapefruit, segmented
- 2 T apple cider vinegar
- 1 T extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 c orange juice (from one small orange)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 head red leaf lettuce, chopped
- Combine radish, carrot, avocado, and grapefruit in a medium bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together vinegar, oil, juice, salt and pepper. Toss dressing with veggies until well coated.
- Serve over greens.
Per serving: 280 kcal, 27 g carbs, 17 g fat, 5 g protein, 616 mg sodium, 14 g sugar
There is nothing worse than being fine one day and completely miserable the next. Why do crazy winter colds sneak up on you so fast? There was nothing I wanted today except hot lemon cayenne tea and frosty citrus smoothies. A little contradictory, I know.
One of my favorite cold-busting smoothies is this simple one. I took the flavors and added a boost of vitamin C from the grapefruit and carrot and a little extra electrolytes and hydration from the coconut water. Ginger, hemp, and rooibos round out the powerhouse nutrients to get this cold gone FAST.
Grapefruit Ginger Smoothie
- 1 medium grapefruit, peeled and segmented
- 1 inch piece ginger, peeled
- 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
- 1/2 c frozen strawberries
- 1/2 c frozen mango
- 1 T hemp seeds
- 1 T rooibos tea leaves (from 1 teabag)
- 1/2 c coconut water
- 1/4 c orange juice
- Add all ingredients in order to a blender and blend until smooth.
Per Serving: 322 kcal, 66 g carbs, 6 g fat, 7 g protein, 51 mg sodium, 47 g sugar (AND 298% DV Vitamin C!)