Can you imagine a dish so beautiful and vibrant that it could make heads turn as soon as it arrives at the table? Look no further—we’re here to deliver with an utterly delicious salad that will take you from zero to hero! The “Eat Your Colors Green Basil Salad” is what we call it.
The Eat Your Colors Green Basil Salad
Packed with zesty green basil, fresh spinach, cilantro, and a myriad of colorful fruits and veggies, this amazing salad is sure to become your go-to centerpiece for any evening meal and a certain winner at your next potluck.
So get out of your comfort zone and let the flavor fiesta begin, because nothing beats “Queen of the Dinner Table” status in our book!
Full of Health Benefits
This salad is packed with nutrients and covers pretty much the colors of the rainbow, which is what you want to aim to consume on a daily basis, but let’s be honest, it is hard to keep up sometimes.
That’s why making a big Eat Your Colors Green Basil Salad with multiple servings that can last for 2 or 3 days in the fridge is a great way to cover all of your nutritional needs by eating your colors. Make it once, eat a few times. This saves time and encourages healthy choices since it is ready to go!
There is a lovely flavor mix between sweet and savory flavors, especially if you dress it up with our lime tahini dressing with garlic (link provided below).
Why is it important to eat your colors?
Eating your colors means that you are getting a nutrient-rich array of fruits and vegetables in your diet. But why is it so important? Eating a range of colors on the regular can do wonders for your wellbeing, ranging from protecting you against chronic illnesses to improving your skin’s health.
So if you want to stay sharp and look great, make sure that you get the full rainbow of nutrients available in dietary raw staples such as tomatoes, carrots, beets, mushrooms, and leafy greens! Without a doubt, eating your colors is essential to living a healthier life.
What is so special about this Eat Your Colors Green Basil Salad?
What’s really special about this salad is that it is not lettuce-heavy. Instead, it opts for flavorful fresh herbs as the majority of the green portion, which raises eyebrows when people take their first bite.
It’s not what they expect—in a good way. For those who appreciate super-healthy and well-balanced flavors in their salad, they will really love this, especially because it covers such a wide spectrum of nutritional needs.
Ingredients for the Eat Your Colors Green Basil Salad
There is so much variety and texture that the mixture of ingredients is not only nutritious but so full of flavor, one might call it a “flavor explosion!”
The quantity will depend on the number of people you are serving. We made this salad for 6. People will likely eat more than you think, so make extra!
Flavorful greens and colorful produce mixture
- Fresh basil leaves, ripped for the salad, reserve some whole leaves for the garnish on each person’s bowl.
- Chopped cilantro
- Chopped spinach
- Chopped red cabbage
- Sliced raw beets (jarred beets work well too)
- Red pepper
- Shitake mushrooms, or any mushroom of choice
- Chopped mango
- Pomegranate seeds
Directions for an Eat Your Colors Green Basil Salad:
Chop and mix the ingredients together. If you like one ingredient more than another, feel free to get creative and go heavy on it.
You cannot go wrong with mixing up colors in a bowl, it will always look and taste delicious! This salad is especially impressive at a dinner party or a potluck!
What are some of the nutrients and health benefits of eating the Eat Your Colors Green Basil Salad’s fresh raw ingredients?
Eating a salad with all the ingredients on this list is like getting to enjoy bonus points in nutrition roulette!
The fresh raw ingredients like basil leaves, chopped cilantro, spinach, red cabbage, radicchio and mushrooms contain essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron.
Eating sliced raw beets is healthy because they are very low in calories yet contain essential elements like vitamin C and fiber that keeps your digestion balanced, among MANY other health benefits. For example, contrary to popular belief, beets are very good for diabetics, and should be included in their diet.
Tomatoes also provide an extraordinary boost of vitamins A, C and K to your body and plus carrot’s beta-carotene is the perfect aid for your immune system.
If you want extra antioxidant goodness add some finely chopped mangoes into your salad along with pomegranate seeds – because when it comes to antioxidants they’re like superhero food. So get creative. Double down on nutrients by creating this epic flavorful salad!
What salad dressing pairs well with the Eat Your Colors Green Basil Salad?
Feel free to make customizations to taste with your homemade salad dressing
You can also customize your flavors well when you make them yourself. For example, if you like to be heavier on the garlic, then go ahead!
Want an Indian flair? Add some optional curry instead of paprika for color and a robust taste. We love experimenting, so don’t be shy to use your imagination and follow your mood to a great dressing.
The recipe for this delicious lemon tahini herb with garlic dressing is versatile and full of flavor, it will likely become one of your “go to” dressing options after you make it once!
When I make it for potlucks, people always want to know what is in it. The tahini is not something that is always “guessable” to people enjoying your salad because most people don’t think to use it for a homemade salad dressing.
Plus, since it is so creamy, they assume that there are dairy products in it. It thrills those who are trying to avoid dairy that they can get such a creamy dressing that is dairy and oil free!
Once you tell them that it is tahini, or sesame paste that is giving them that creamy flavor, they are often surprised and then they usually want the recipe!
We love mixing up this delicious lemon herb tahini salad dressing with garlic. It provides a robust flavor profile that compliments this salad very well. See the recipe here:
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