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Recipe Corner: Vibrant Green Goddess Salad



Eating for healthy skin goes beyond skincare products; it's also about nourishing your body from the inside out. This Vibrant Green Goddess Salad not only delights your taste buds but also supports your skin's natural radiance. Packed with nutrient-rich ingredients, this salad is a testament to the idea that beauty truly begins from within.

Recipe Type: Lunch/Dinner

Dietary Info: Gluten Free, (can be made Vegan)

Total Time: 15 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Ingredients: - 2 cups mixed greens (such as spinach, kale, arugula) - 1 cup cucumber (sliced) - 1 avocado (sliced) - 1 cup broccoli florets (lightly steamed) - 1/2 cup snap peas (sliced) - 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds (toasted) - 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional) - 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped) - 2 tablespoons fresh mint (chopped) - Juice of 1 lemon - 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil - Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: 1. Start by washing and drying your mixed greens. You can use a combination of your favorite greens – spinach, kale, arugula – for a variety of textures and flavors. 2. Lightly steam the broccoli florets until they are tender yet still crisp. This not only preserves their nutrients but also adds a vibrant color and crunch to the salad. 3. In a large bowl, toss the mixed greens, steamed broccoli, sliced cucumber, snap peas, and avocado slices. This combination provides a balance of flavors and textures. 4. Add chopped fresh parsley and mint to the bowl. These herbs not only enhance the flavor but also contribute to your skin's health with their antioxidant properties. 5. Sprinkle toasted pumpkin seeds on top. Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, which supports skin health and helps maintain a clear complexion. 6. If desired, crumble some feta cheese over the salad. Feta adds a creamy element and a tangy flavor that complements the freshness of the greens. 7. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil. Drizzle this dressing over the salad. The lemon adds a zesty kick, while the olive oil provides healthy fats for glowing skin. 8. Season the salad with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Remember, a little seasoning goes a long way in enhancing the flavors of the ingredients. 9. Gently toss all the ingredients to ensure an even distribution of flavors and dressing. Serve the salad immediately, and relish every bite of this Green Goddess delight.

This Vibrant Green Goddess Salad isn't just a feast for your palate; it's a celebration of the incredible array of nutrients that support your skin's health. Embrace the beauty of nourishing foods that contribute to your overall well-being, inside and out.

 

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