Lazy AF Spinach & Walnut Salad With A Cumin & Turmeric Balsamic Vinaigrette a.k.a. Nope, Lazy Does Not Mean Unhealthy!

Lazy AF Spinach & Walnut Salad With A Cumin & Turmeric Balsamic Vinaigrette a.k.a. Nope, Lazy Does Not Mean Unhealthy!

LAZY SALADS are still YUMMY! And even more importantly, THEY DON’T MEAN UNHEALTHY! Sometimes, minimal ingredients that contain tons of essential vitamins & minerals are just about enough to get a healthy meal going (in minutes!).

The reality is that life is not always fancy. Not everything can ALWAYS be planned out.  Nothing & nobody is perfect. Sometimes, you’re on the go. Sometimes, sh*t happens & something comes up. Sometimes, you need a quick & easy dinner but you don’t want to have to skimp on your health. That’s where a salad like this comes in. 

Now, the salad ingredients are simple & great & super nutritious. But, the star of the show here really is the dressing!! I mean, cumin, turmeric & balsamic in the same sentence = PARTY IN YOUR MOUTH, no? Yes, yes. I like to call it “FLAVOUR GOALS!”. Not only is it delish but it’s super anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial & VERY low on the glycemic index (thanks to the yacon syrup, which has a much lower GI score than most other healthy sugar substitutes, such as: maple syrup & honey).

The other star of this salad & the ingredient that takes this salad from simple & definitely not a meal to meal caliber is: WALNUTS! What’s so good about walnuts? Um, the question should rather be: WHERE DO I BEGIN ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF WALNUTS?

  • Improve heart function – They are super rich in omega-3 & are a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids, such as oleic acid (also found in olive oil);
  • Boost bone health & improve metabolism!
  • May help control diabetes & prevent certain types of cancer.
  • Anti-Inflammatory!
  • Great for the skin!
  • Help regulate sleep (because they naturally contain melatonin)!
  • Contain rare & very powerful antioxidants!
  • Boost mood!
  • Reduce stress levels!
  • Rich in protein!
  • May help ease constipation!
  • Very rich in phosphorus & magnesium, which help with energy levels, as well as digestion, overall health & improving/facilitating muscle/joint pain/recovery.

HOW AWESOME IS ALL OF THAT THOUGH?

I know, right?

Now, let’s get to the nitty-gritty!!

My loves, YOU WILL NEED:

For the salad:

  • Two heaping handfuls of fresh spinach;
  • A handful of cherry tomatoes, HALVED;
  • 1 medium cucumber, CHOPPED;
  • 1/2 a bell pepper, DICED;
  • 1/2 a red onion, SLICED;
  • 2 tbsp. of raw organic walnuts;

For the dressing:

  • 2 tbsp. organic balsamic vinegar;
  • 1 tsp. yacon syrup;
  • 1 tbsp. raw organic apple cider vinegar;
  • 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric;
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin;
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder;
  • Celtic sea salt & black pepper to taste;

I don’t think I need to tell you munchkins how to put a salad together, now do I? I mean, okay, fine, since this is a recipe post, let me follow through with it ’till the end. BUT I MEAN COME ON.

  • Add all salad ingredients to a bowl (except walnuts).
  • Season the salad with the dressing ingredients directly in the same bowl & toss to combine until all veggies are coated.
  • Top the salad with the walnuts & some black pepper & gently toss again!
  • DEVOUR!

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