For those of you who don’t like leafy greens as salads, here’s an alternative with apples. (Yes – this one’s for you, dad!)
The curly apples are made using a spiralizer, but you can use a food processor to grate the apple, or a regular grater. Or just slice the apple into thin strips. But the curls are happier 😀
For salads, I usually use the larger sized spiralizer blade – compared to last week’s breakfast recipe where I used the small. Just makes the dish less mushy. If the spirals are too long, don’t be afraid to snip them with scissors to make them more manageable on a fork.
All you need to do is remove the stalk from the apple, and put it in the spiralizer. No need to core it – the seeds can be picked out afterward.
As usual, this recipe is for inspiration – you can change it around in many ways. I added an ounce of goat brie in little chunks, but you can add meat, fish, vegan cheese, croutons, etc., as you wish. This can be a main meal salad or a side salad.
If you don’t have any poppy seeds – of course, you can skip them in this recipe, but a better idea is to go and buy some! Poppy seeds are yummy – and give a nice crunch. Nutritionally they are a good source of manganese. What other food do you know that is a good manganese source? Take a look here at the world’s healthiest foods if you can’t think of any. The human body needs manganese as a cofactor for the important antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
Poppy seeds are also good sources of B vitamins, including thiamin (B1), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), riboflavin (B2), niacin(B3), and folic acid (B9).
Yes, this recipe only uses a teaspoon of poppy seeds, but once you have them, you can sprinkle them on lots of things – sweet and savory. Their dark color adds to the attractiveness of the dish too.
Kelp granules are a good salt alternative. They have an added bonus of being an excellent source of minerals, especially iodine. Many people are deficient in iodine. Some of the signs of deficiency include painful breasts during periods, ovarian cysts, ovulation pain, PMS. Talk to your healthcare provider or get in touch for more information, and consider adding sea vegetables to your diet.
Traditionally we’ve heard of iodine being necessary just for the thyroid, but many tissues need it. In fact, more than 70% of the body’s iodine is concentrated in the brain, immune system, prostate gland, ovaries, uterus, and breasts. It’s there because it’s an important antioxidant, and because it plays a key role in immune function, detoxification, and affects ovulation and estrogen.
I keep my kelp granules out on the table, like a salt shaker, and sprinkle it on many dishes.
- 1 apple (any type), spiralized
- 1/4 cup pecans, broken pieces
- 1/4 avocado, roughly diced
- Few chives, chopped
- 2 inches of cucumber, diced
- 1 tbsp poppy seeds
- 1 oz goat brie (or other cheese)
- 1 tbs fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbs olive oil
- Pinch kelp granules (or salt)
- Spiralize the apple using the large sized noodle attachment. Place in a bowl. (Cut with scissors if the curls are too long)
- Add pecans, avocado, chives, cucumber, poppy seeds and cheese. Mix gently.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil and kelp granules/salt.
- Pour the dressing over the apple mixture and serve.