At last! Sun is shining bright and warm, and our courtyards and grocery stores start flourishing with seasonal spring greens. Green salads are in their forte period, so don't forget to accompany every meal with a large salad bowl. One bowl of salad every day and your body will thank you, let's start revolutionizing our diet one meal per day fellas. Salads are the main way (apart from fruits) to get your everyday fibers and vitamins. (I hear you thinking "Yes, mama.", so I will stop right away.)
For this green sensational salad, except from tasty greens, I added a bit of magic in the form of chopped sweet strawberries, flaxseed and violet flowers. Just for a change. Before you start resenting, and saying that you don't want extreme ingredients in your salad, let me explain you my arguments. Strawberries are classified as sweet, spring, red fruits, like tomatoes (yes , tomatoes are fruits). Since only the appearance mainly changes, why don't you give it one chance? As for flaxseeds, you can add them in homemade breads and salads, they give incredible flavor. They are also full of Omega-3 fats, the good fats that fish contain too. Let's continue now to the violet flowers: violets along with pansies are edible flowers. Their petals are slightly sweet, like the leaves of the natural sweetener stevia plant. If you want to sprinkle your food with flowers too, I would recommend you to use flowers that grew in your garden. Greenhouse ones have "eaten" a tons of insecticides and fertilizers and they are not recommended for consumption. With these said I hope I persuaded you just a tiny bit so you try this salad just for once. Look how pretty it seems also, no? :)
Ingredients (for a large salad bowl):
- half small cabbage
- 1 small green lettuce
- 1 small purple lettuce (lola lettuce)
- 2 scallions
- a few sprigs of parsley and dill
- 5-6 medium strawberries
- 3 tablespoons of flaxseed
- flowers violet or pansy
- virgin olive oil
- juice of 1 juicy lemon
Chop finely everything, add them in a large bowl, season well, add a rich amount of olive oil and lemon juice. In the end, add the chopped strawberries, the flaxseed and the violet flowers.
This salad is so rich, that it can be accompanied with some bread slices and a boiled egg and serve as a main meal (in case you are in hurry or you want a healthy lunch).
Credits || Author and Photography: Despoina Kortesidou