I was voting for trying to make a smashed raspberry and balsamic vinaigrette, but Olivia’s favorite salad dressing is ranch. I made a vegan approximation,with tofu, avocado and dill, which she loved. However, I didn’t feel like my first try was quite good enough to post. That recipe has moved into the development stage. I am not leaving you without a dressing, though. Molly of Clean Food Dirty Girl has a delicious recipe for vegan ranch.
Before you throw iceberg out the window, let’s talk about it. This is an interesting example of how knowing the energetic properties of a food can be beneficial. Iceberg does not have much going for it from a nutritional perspective. However, it has an incredibly refreshing and hydrating quality. It’s perfect for summer and those times when we really need a good crunch and a quality that renews and lightens us. Increasingly, our lives have a lot of stress and pressure. The qualities that iceberg lettuce embodies can really help balance this. Just something to consider.
Olivia’s Summer Salad
5-6 leaves iceberg lettuce; washed, torn and spun
1/2 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
1/3 cucumber, washed and sliced
6 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half or quarters
handful of green beans, cut in thirds and blanched
Mix everything together.
Other Favorite Add-Ins:
fresh green peas
toasted pumpkin seeds
thin green apple slices