I’ve been on a pretty major salad kick lately. After all the Memorial Day festivities and treats (ie. unhealthy food and alcohol) my body was begging for some serious greenery! I may be a nutrition coach, but I like to let loose every now and again too! Life is all about balance, so if you have some not-so-healthy days, balance them out with an equal number of uber healthy days. Your body will thank you!!
Salads are a great way to re-alkalize the system and flood your cells with much needed minerals after a celebratory weekend. The key is to make your salads taste GOOD. The easiest way to do this is to make an incredibly delicious salad dressing and the other is pickled onions!! They will add some serious zing to your dishes and liven up any salad.
This recipe is adapted from David Lebovitz. You’ll need:
- 3/4 cup white vinegar
- 2 packets stevia or 3 Tbs raw sugar or raw honey
- pinch of salt
- 1 bay leaf
- 5 allspice berries
- 5 whole cloves
- a small, dried chile pepper
- 1 large red onion, peeled, and thinly sliced into rings
1. In a small, nonreactive saucepan, heat the vinegar, sugar, salt, seasonings and chile until boiling.
2. Add the onion slices and lower heat, then simmer gently for 30 seconds.
3. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
4. Transfer the onions and the liquid into a jar then refrigerate until ready to use.
Storage: The onions will keep for several months, but I find they’re best the week they’re made.
For the base of this salad I used fresh salad greens: arugula, kale, and swiss chard from the farmer’s market – if you haven’t already, be sure to visit your local farmer’s market, fresh produce is amazing right now and only going to get better!! Then topped the greens with shredded carrots, fresh corn, cherry tomatoes, marinated beets (these were store bought from the salad bar @ Whole Foods), sunflower sprouts, and my secret ingredient –> pickled onions! I used this Avocado, Cilantro, Lime dressing to top it all off and OMG, one of the best salads EVER!! It’s easy to get back on the wagon when your meals taste this good!!
Your pickled onions are also delish served with meats, fish, with mexican food, or on top of roasted veggies. Enjoy!!
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