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Einstein Salad

Today's salads can be overcomplicated or worse, get lost in a sea of dressing.  When I dine out, sometimes I get that School House Rock song stuck in my head, "Don't drown your food..."  Memories of animated vegetables are evoked, a cucumber slice frantically running away from the giant imposing salad dressing bottle... 

Well, veggies, here's a dressing-free, drizzle-only kind of salad fit for a genius!  Smart people eat their greens and know that mother nature understands flavor better than anyone.  Sometimes a salad should be just that, a simple mix of healthful ingredients that are allowed to shine. 

I have always loved that whole walnuts and pecans look like little brains!  I've heard they are good "brainfood" too but I'm not sure if it's true.  Still, I feel pretty smart eating this vitamin-packed, protein-rich, blissfully simple salad! 

Go ahead and join me!  Give your inner genius something it can sink it's teeth into!


Einstein Salad

1 cup fresh Green Spinach

1 cup fresh Purple Spinach (or Arugula)

1/4 cup Purple Basil, chopped

1/2 cup Raw Walnuts (or Pecans)

1/2 cup organic Blueberries

1/2 fresh Lemon, juiced

1 tbsp Walnut Oil, drizzled over top

Sea Salt & Pepper, to taste


Use local, organic ingredients when available.  I recommend a high mineral content salt for this recipe, like Himalayan Pink salt.  It's good for you and it really draws out all the flavors nicely. 

Toss greens together and drizzle salad with lemon juice and walnut oil.  Scatter nuts and berries over the top, as well as desired amount of salt and pepper. 

Simple, Healthful, Satisfying and Smart: this salad has everything you need and nothing you don't.  Enjoy!


Thank you for voting for Buddhas Delight.  You must be one smart cookie!  Tee Hee, Happy Drizzling!  ;)

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  1. pftsusan
    #3. You don't always have to load it down in excess dressing. Only one tablespoon is recommended to keep the calories down anyway. Plus none of us need emulisifiers. The walnut oil is a healthy substitute because we need some saturated fats in our daily food plans.
  2. Veganara
    Vote no 4. Great title and it sounds delicious and healthy. The image of a cucumber trying to run away from a dressing bottle made me laugh too! I believe that walnuts really are good for your brain, as they contain a lot of omega-3 fatty acids, essential for the healthy funcntioning of the nervous system. (incidentally, I don't know if you knew, but Einstein was a vegetarian, so it is very appropriate to have a salad dedicated to him!)
  3. BuddhasDelight
    thank you for your wonderful comments! i appreciate them, agree and/or learned something new from them! yes, i did know about Einstein being a veghead, he was actually one of my inspirators when deciding on the veggie path! there is a local restaurant in Sebastopol, Ca called Slice of Life (pizza and all other veggie/vegan fare) their menus are riddled with Einy quotes and it was a tipping point for me, first few times I ate there. :) I celebrate veg restaurants everywhere, Cafe Gratitude and another vegan/raw restaurant in Guerneville, Ca had a major effect on my conciousness and played a huge role in me making the switch. bless them! :) thanks again for your support and feedback.
  4. BobbieSue
  5. BobbieSue
    I do not even care for dressing much anymore. I just let an avacado get mushy enough to stir into my salad and it coats like dressing. Better than any store junk any day!
    1. BuddhasDelight
      so right, avocadoes are my favorite 'sauce' for many things! i have an avopasta recipe, i could probably write a book just on avocado recipes, they are so amazing i love them. :)))


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