I love a good Greek salad! Especially when they are filled with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant foods. Anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant foods have the power to leave you feeling clean, inside and out. You can also add some fibre-rich foods to your diet to help the body remove wastes and keep your digestive tract healthy. Here are some foods highlighted in this nutritious and cleansing Greek Salad:
Avocados are a great source of the good monounsaturated fat. They are also fibre-rich and offer anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, making them a great food to include in the diet to keep inflammation down and promote healthy digestion.
Kale is full of fibre, which is very beneficial for the digestive tract, keeping things moving along and removing wastes from the body. This amazing chlorophyll-rich leafy green also supports the liver and improves the detoxification process.
Arugula is another beneficial green and is full of some amazing nutrients! This green, like kale, is full of fibre, which is very beneficial for the digestive tract, keeping things moving along and removing wastes from the body. It also provides important nutrients for eye health including vitamin A, beta-carotene and lutein and it has anti-inflammatory properties to help with skin conditions. Superfood, I think so!
Extra-virgin Olive Oil
EVOO is another amazing anti-inflammatory food and will help reduce inflammation in the body. It’s best to enjoy this oil unheated or on a low to medium heat. Why not drizzle it on this Greek salad?
Yields: 1 serving, 2 as a side
Prep time: 15 minutes
½ head of kale, stems removed
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 pinch sea salt
1/2 cup arugula
½ avocado, cubed
¼ small red onion, finely chopped
¼ cup grape tomatoes, halved
¼ cup cucumber, chopped
2 tablespoons black olives, sliced
1. Tear kale leaves into smaller pieces and add to medium sized bowl. Drizzle with oil, lemon juice and sprinkle with salt. Massage kale for about 3 minutes or until it starts to soften.
2. Add arugula, onion, avocado, cucumber, tomatoes and olives, and toss.
3. Serve salad with desired amount of the favourite dressing or this Creamy Garlic Dressing.