Happy New Year from all of us at the Simply Sunflower Farm!
January always seems to focus around 2 things: (1) the blistering cold and (2) starting the year off healthy. We love one of those two things at Simply Sunflower! Starting the year off healthy is hard work...and #FarmerAl knows hard work! Eating healthy doesn't have to look like eating a bowl full of kale every day. There are many healthy recipes available that will have your tastebuds singing!
Here are five of our favorite salad recipes to help you get started with a healthy new year!
Asian Crunch Salad
This is tangy, sweet, and crunchy all in one bite. It will have your tastebuds singing!
1 pkg. Mixed Greens
1 can Mandarin Oranges
1/4 cup Dried Cherries
1/2 cup Shelled Edamame
1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/2 cup Simply Sunflower Oil
1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
2 T. Soy Sauce
2 T. Honey
2 T. Ginger
1 Clove Garlic, minced
1 tsp. Sesame Seeds
Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
Mix dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
Serve salad with dressing added on each plate.
The salad keeps best when dressing is stored in a separate container.
Chopped Greek Salad
Refreshing. Crisp. Flavorful. Everything you want in a lettuce-free salad with added protein!
4-5 Roma Tomatoes
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Red Onion
1 can Garbanzo Beans, rinsed and drained
Optional: olives, dairy-free feta, pepperoncini
For the Dressing
3 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar
2 Tbsp. Simply Sunflower Oil
2 tsp. Dried Oregano
¼ tsp. Salt
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for the dressing.
Dice the cucumber, onion, bell pepper and tomatoes.
Put vegetables and garbanzo beans in a large bowl.
Add dressing and toss to combine.
Enjoy immediately or refrigerate for later so the flavors can blend well.
Oh, the flavor, the colors, the texture, and the fragrance of this salad...it's amazing!!
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1 can whole kernal corn, drained
1 large orange or red bell pepper, diced
1 carton cherry tomatoes, halved
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 large avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
Juice of 2 limes
½ cup Simply Sunflower Oil
2 cloves garlic, mashed or finely diced
Salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
Refrigerate for 45 minutes - 1 hour before serving.
Soaking the diced avocado in lime juice will help it to not turn brown.
Balsamic Dijon Spinach Salad
1 Bunch Spinach
½ Avocado, cut into chunks
1 Handful Cherry Tomatoes
2 Tbsp. Simply Sunflower Oil
2 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
2 Tbsp. Water
Roasted Pine Nuts
Wash spinach and arrange on plate.
Add avocado and tomatoes to plate
In a small bowl, mix Simply Sunflower Oil, dijon mustard, and water.
Add desired vinaigrette to salad.
Top with roasted pine nuts and salted pistachios.
This is Vegan & Vegetarian Friendly and Gluten-Free. If you'd like to add some additional protein, we love this with salmon!
This tart salad dressing is perfect to spice up your everyday salad and make it absolutely delicious!
½ cup balsamic vinegar
⅓ cup Simply Sunflower Oil
1 tbsp. sugar
2 garlic cloves, pressed
½ tsp. dried oregano
¼ tsp. onion powder
¼ tsp. dried basil
¼ tsp. salt
Mix all ingredients.
Serve on any house or Italian-style salad.
Refrigerate in an airtight container.
For a less tart flavor, substitute water for a portion of the balsamic vinegar
We hope you enjoy trying these out! Please comment what you thought of the recipes and maybe even share your own!
Have a Sunny Day!
Your Simply Sunflower Team