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.
Alcohol free Pomegranate Moscato Sangria. That right no alcohol……..
As a recovering alcoholic, I miss certain types of drinks in certain situations. I always enjoyed a glass of wine with a meal, a margarita with Mexican food, and Sangria on a warm summer evening.
Stopping my use of alcohol was the best thing I have ever done for myself. I could not have succeed without the help of my wonderful husband. Tim has helped me to achieve and maintain my sobriety for the last 6 1/2 years.
In search of a non-alcoholic version of popular drinks, or mocktails as they are commonly referred. I came across a company that makes alcohol free wines. Sangria was back!
FRE is America’s #1 alcohol-removed wine brand. Fre Wines are produced by Sutter Home Winery, one of America’s most trusted wine brands. Originally founded in the late 1800’s, Sutter Home Winery was purchased by the Trinchero Family in 1947. Today, Sutter Home is one of the few remaining family-owned and operated wineries in Napa Valley.
Summer time is the perfect time for Sangria. Fruity and refreshing or at least my Pomegranate Moscato Sangria is…….
I really winged it on this recipe. After finding the FRE Moscato I went to ……you guessed it, my favorite place on earth…….the grocery store!!
I spent a long time in the produce section, gazing at fruits……what did I want? Well……I kinda bought some of everything. I didn’t use it all, but I had a large variety to chose from. The cool thing about Sangria is you can make it your own using different fruits and wines…….so go crazy.
In the produce section I came across pomegranates, the little red seeds, also called arils, would make a pretty addition to my sangria. Pomegranates can be intimidating, especially the peeling and seeding. I came across a blog post at Simply Recipes that is perfect. It shows step by step how to cut and seed the pomegranate.
A mixture of oranges, lemons, limes, and fresh pineapple….yummy! I picked up pomegranate juice for the extra flavor and color.
Making sangria is really fairly simple. First, cut your fruit and place it in a decorative pitcher……..it must look pretty after all!
Top the fruit with the wine, and I added the pomegranate juice at this point. Let the mixture set in the frig for a couple of hours. Gives the fruit a chance to soak up the flavor of the wine, and for the wine to absorb the flavor of the fruit.
To serve, I found some really nice big wine goblets……bonus, they were plastic. You know summer time, outdoors, glass, cement…….not good. The gal at the store started to get paper to wrap them until she discovered they were plastic…..lol.
Ice, the wine fruit mixture, and then the other friend of non-drinkers Sparkling White Grape Juice. Welch’s has a variety of these tasty, bubbly drinks. Perfect for the non-drinker to celebrate and enjoy. Top the Pomegranate Moscato Sangria with a splash of the sparkling white grape juice and garnish with fruit…….beautiful!
For your next summer get together, or just because it’s summer, make pitcher of Pomegranate Moscato Sangria and enjoy!