Springtime Immune-System Boosting Recipes

Friday, May 8, 2009

With all the 'Swine Flu' and other quick-spreading diseases out there, you'll want to keep your immune system at tip-top shape. Today my co-workers and I brought in 'raw' foods for lunch to share and I brought in my new favorite salad.

Spring Spinach Salad

2 cups Spinach Leaves (large or baby)
¼ cup Pecans
2 whole Oranges, sliced
¾ lb of Strawberries, sliced

Yogurt Dressing:

1/8 cup whole yogurt (Greek Yogurt would be optimal)
1/8 cup White Wine Vinegar (you can also add a little ‘Light Rice Vinegar’ like I did)
1/2 tbsp Raw Honey or Organic Grade B Maple Syrup
1 tsp Poppy Seeds

Toss a couple tablespoonfuls of dressing with salad right before serving in order to keep the spinach from getting soggy.


My co-worker brought this in (delish!):

Gingered Carrot Coleslaw

serves 4

5 carrots, grated
2 cups shredded red cabbage
1 cup raisins
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds

Toss together salad ingredients before adding dressing:

2 tsp honey or maple syrup
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp grated ginger
4 Tbsp cold-pressed oil of your choice
(we like flax or walnut)
dash of salt

Dissolve the honey in the lemon juice.
Add remaining ingredients. Pour over salad and toss.

This salad is especially delightful if it is allowed to sit for about 15 or 30 minutes.

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