Green salad with strawberries, flaxseed and violet flowers

Green salad with strawberries, flaxseed and violet flowers | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

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? :)

Green salad with strawberries, flaxseed and violet flowers | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

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
  • salt


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).

Bon appetit!

Green salad with strawberries, flaxseed and violet flowers | from IN WHIRL OF INSPIRATION

Credits || Author and Photography: Despoina Kortesidou


Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

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