Super salads are …..….super!! Poppyseed Power Salad is a super delicious salad!!
What makes a salad super you might ask???? Well for me these are the 7 key components to build a super salad ……..
Start with a really great mix of lettuce or green……..I love baby…..any green…..spinach, romaine, red leaf, ……the darker the color the better.
You need some crunchy stuff……in this salad brussels sprouts, cabbage, kohlrabi, carrot and kale. Nuts or seeds are a great addition……I used almonds.
You need a colorful ingredient…….I used dried cranberries but, colored peppers, red onion, tomato, avocado, even shredded beets.
Add a punch of protein……beans, meat, fish, eggs, or cheese….I used goat cheese.
Fruit adds a fresh element. Apples, or berries, the choices are really endless. Be careful with dried fruits, they tend to have a higher sugar content so a little goes a long way. Less sugar options are also available….I use those.
Leftovers can add any of the above ingredients, and are a good way to stretch your food dollar.
Use a good dressing……preferably homemade. You can control the fat and sugar. Oil, vinegar and citrus make the best healthy dressings. Dress salads lightly.
I have salad several time a week, the more the better. I came across a bagged mix……let me say this about that………if you have access to a Farmers Market, or have a garden of your own……make that your first choice. Having said that, there are many great organic and non organic pre-made mixes that can save you time and money and still give you all the benefits for a super salad.
Mann’s is a brand name of veggie that I use often. They have a large line of products that make eating your veggies easy. Their Powerblend mix with brussels sprouts, cabbage, kohlrabi, broccoli, carrots, and kale that I adore…….is what I used in this recipe.
Crunchy, nutritious, and full of vitamins…….and bonus ……it’s already ready already! I added some baby spinach to bump the green power and, cause I had some leftover.
I think fruit in a salad is a nice sweet surprise, and dried cranberries are an easy salad add in. As I said above, dried fruits do have more sugar so go lightly, and if possible buy a reduced sugar version.
If I had to chose a favorite nut……and had to exclude Tim…….lol, I would chose almonds. To me they have a light, delicate flavor that won’t overpower a dish. They are great in either sweet or savory dishes and are packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber…..they are kinda super too!
Goat cheese……love it or hate it……I love it. So beautifully white, with a creamy mild and distinct flavor. It is not everyones cup of tea, but give it a try……it was the only choice for this salad.
Poppyseed dressing, I have made several varieties over the years, those is one of the best. Fresh and light, lemony, with a touch of sweetness. Lemon juice, olive oil, honey, dijon, and apple cider vinegar make the perfect dressing for Poppyseed Power Salad.
This salad does not have meat but you could add a nice grilled chicken and make it a main course. I must confess, that even thought it does not go with the healthy theme to the salad, I put leftover bacon on top when I took the leftovers of this salad for my lunch the day after I made it. It was bacon……what can you say….it was delicious
Poppyseed Power Salad is a perfect side or main dish salad.
Its no secret we love pizza! Al Pastor Pizza ! Now thats a twist…….
This recipe for Al Pastor Pizza is based on the Mexican classic: thin slices of roast pork topped with roasted pineapple, cilantro, and onion.
I found the recipe for the al pastor at Gimme Some Oven. It was easy prepare and the slow cooker make it easy to cook. So, thanks Ali for sharing your recipe for all of us to enjoy!
My first idea was to make burritos, but, as I said we love pizza.
I bought tortillas that were to big for the recipe I was making…..… duh!! So what do you do with big tortillas, come on they look like a pizza……you make pizza!!
The al pastor meat, is made from pork shoulder and cooked in a sauce of chipotles, fresh pineapple, red onion, and chili powder and makes a spicy, delicious meat, that would make great tacos, but made an outstanding pizza.
Pizza needs topping, so I layered the flavors with more pineapple, and red onion.
Pizza needs cheese, tangy creamy goat cheese was the perfect cheese topper.
Cilantro gave the finishing touch. Cilantros unique lively flavor and a distinct scent makes it easy to differentiate from parsley which it is commonly mistaken for. The flavor is best fresh so add it after the pizza come out of the oven. If you are not a fan of cilantro you can substitute parsley.
If you are looking for a unique twist to pizza look no further than Al Pastor Pizza !
1 (2-pound) boneless pork shoulder roast (Boston butt), extra fat trimmed off
6 ounces from bottle of beer
1 chipotles in adobo sauce
½ fresh pineapple, peeled and cored, then roughly chopped
¼ cup chopped red onion
2½ tablespoons chili powder (not cayenne)
1 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon black pepper
crumbled goat cheese
diced fresh pineapple
fresh cilantro leaves
sliced red onions
Cut the pork shoulder into 2-inch cubes. Add the pork the slow cooker.
Add the chipotles in adobo, pineapple, red onion, chili powder, lime juice, white vinegar, salt, cumin and black pepper to a blender or food processor. Puree until the mixture is completely smooth, about 30-60 seconds. Stir in the beer and then pour the mixture on top of the pork, and toss until the pork is evenly coated.
Cook on low for 8-10 hours, or on high for 4-5 hours, until the pork is completely tender and shreds easily with a fork. Use two forks to shred the pork, then toss it in the remaining juices.
To assemble the pizzas:
Preheat oven to 400*
Spray tortillas with non stick spray and place on a baking sheet. Bake tortillas unit starting to crisp, 5-6 minutes. Remove from oven and top with al pastor, pineapple, red onion, and goat cheese. Return to oven for an additional 5 -7 minutes or until tortilla is crispy. Sprinkle with cilantro and enjoy!