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Triple Berry Salad with Strawberry Dressing

Did you know that a serving of eight strawberries contains more vitamin C than an orange? You can stock up on vitamin C as well as heart disease-fighting flavonoids with this sweet summer salad. Plus, it features romaine lettuce, which has more vitamins, protein and fiber than other varieties of lettuce.

Makes 4 servings. Total preparation time: 10 minutes.

Preparation


1. In a blender, purée the cashews, water, lemon juice, lemon zest, honey, salt and pepper, and reserved strawberries until smooth. Season to taste and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, toss lettuce, apples, celery, peas, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, and chill. Right before serving, toss with sliced strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and dressing. Top with flaxseed meal, nuts and seeds.


Per serving: 257 calories, 13g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0mg potassium, 33g total carbohydrate, 11g dietary fiber, 0g protein

Ingredients

6 cups romaine lettuce

2 Granny Smith apples, diced
4 celery ribs, diced
1 cup frozen peas, diced sugar peas, snap peas or green beans
1⁄4 cup dried blueberries or cherries
1⁄4 cup dried cranberries or 2 tablespoons currants or goji berries
1 8-ounce package blackberries or blueberries
1 8-ounce package raspberries, optional
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
1 cup walnuts, pecans or almonds

Dressing

2 tablespoons raw cashews or blanched almonds
1⁄2 cup water
2 lemons juiced, 1 zested
1 shallot, optional
2 teaspoons honey or agave nectar
1⁄4 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 16-ounce package of fresh strawberries, sliced, with 1 cup reserved on the side (substitute reserved strawberries with frozen strawberries or cherries)

We realize that you may not always have the time to cook meals from scratch, and that a quick and easy substitution may be needed. We always recommend cooking the real thing, but in a pinch you can try this instead:

In blender, combine organic poppy seed dressing, frozen berries and water. Serve over mixed greens topped with more berries, diced apple and walnuts. Enjoy!

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