JoAnn's Favorite Salad Combo

A salad a day REALLY keeps the doctor away!!! Allowing yourself to become “addicted” to salad is one of the best steps you can take towards eating for optimal health.

It is recommended that at least 50% of our diet comes from a variety of raw foods, not only for their nutrients and cleansing action, but also for the enzymes that they contain that help us to digest and metabolize the cooked foods that we eat.   

A salad a day can help us reach that goal. You can always throw in some eggs, shrimp, chicken, or beans, and some brown rice or quinoa and you’ve got a complete meal. This is especially great when you’re in a hurry or need to take a meal with you on the go. Or it’s a perfect side dish as well.

I usually make up a batch of my “Favorite Salad Combo” twice a week and it lasts me for a few days. I keep it interesting by changing up the veggies (depending on the season) and sometimes by adding fresh raw fruit like an apple or a pear. My latest obsession is adding dried cranberries - YUM! This recipe is great all year round but is especially good for the colder months when tomatoes and cucumbers aren’t in season.

By the way, I’m kind of “known” for my salads. Give this one a try - you’ll be glad you did!


JoAnn's Favorite Salad Combo

  • 4-6 cups 50% spring mix/50% spinach

  • Small handful each of fresh parsley & cilantro (high cleansing herbs)

  • 1/4 cup each - finely chopped green onion, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, red pepper, and zucchini

  • 1/8 cup raw sunflower or pumpkin seeds

  • 1/2 avocado

  • lemon and olive oil dressing or dressing of your choice

Combine all ingredients and toss with dressing. Enjoy!

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JoAnn Newton is a Master Massage Therapist, Certified Diet Counselor & Holistic Nutrition Educator, and Spiritual Counselor who is passionate about creating, living, and enjoying health, balance, and freedom on all levels, both personally and professionally, while providing educational and healing services.