In the book, Clean Cuisine: An 8-Week Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition Program that Will Change the Way You Age, Look & Feel (Berkley-Penguin, February 2013), we talk a lot about the importance of eating a huge salad every day (the more anti-inflammatory phytonutrients you can get the better!) as well as the importance of dressing your salad with healthy, unrefined, anti-inflammatory “whole” fats.
When it comes to boosting the flavor of any salad you need to add some fat. Not only does dietary fat help your body absorb fat-soluble nutrients found in foods like tomatoes and carrots, it is also one of the most important conveyers of flavor that exist. In other words, if you eat a fat-free salad it probably won’t taste very good and you probably won’t be too excited about eating it every day either! However, pouring excessive amounts of processed salad dressings or low-quality, pro-inflammatory and highly refined oils like the corn oil, soybean oil, canola oil and “pure” vegetable oil used to make the vast majority of commercial salad dressings, on top of your salad all in the name of taste enhancement isn’t exactly the best way to go about boosting health.
Clean Cuisine’s Superfood Salad Boosters offer a tasty solution as a gourmet salad dressing alternative to empty calorie and highly refined bottled salad dressings and oily condiments. Now you can have your salad and eat it too…without the guilt.
“Whole Fats” are the Healthiest Fats
The healthiest fats are always in their “whole” and unprocessed form such as raw nuts, raw seeds, olives and avocados. This means if you had to choose between eating an olive or olive oil, the healthiest choice would be the raw naked olive. The “whole” olive will have more nutrients than the oil, especially because most oils are not processed properly (this is particularly true of the omega-6 rich oils such as soybean oil and canola oil that are ubiquitous in bottled salad dressings.)
Clean Cuisine Salad Boosters contain healthy “whole” fats from raw nuts and seeds. And, because the raw nuts and seeds are ground into small crumbs (as shown in the photo above), they can be sprinkled over your salad so that you get a bit in every salad bite. If you simply add a few whole walnuts or almonds to your salad you might get the health benefits but you won’t get the same taste satisfaction you would get if the nuts were ground into crumbs. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of the Salad Booster and just a drizzle of high quality cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil on top of your salad and you’ll have an amazingly healthy and super tasty salad in seconds!
Superfood Salad Boosters are Not Just for Salads…
The Salad Booster is also the perfect condiment for giving a tasty boost to whole grains, baked potatoes, roasted vegetables and so much more. With help from a Salad Booster you can enjoy truly healthy gourmet meals in minutes.
Make Your Own Salad Booster!
Below are the recipes for four Clean Cuisine Salad Boosters that appear in our Clean Cuisine book. They are easy to make and they will keep for up to 2 months if stored in the freezer.
Directions for Making All Salad Boosters:
- Put the first 3 ingredients in a mini-food processor (you can also use a high-speed blender, but make sure to pulse for desired consistency). Process into crumbs.
- Add the remaining ingredients and process again until mixture is crumbly and moist.
- Sprinkle a few tablespoons on top of your salad. Save the rest in a zip-top bag and store in the freezer.
Succulent Tomato Salad Booster
8 dried organic apricots1/3 cup sundried tomatoes (preferably without salt—and DEFINITELY without oil)
¼ cup + 2 TBS pine nuts
1 clove garlic
2 pinches cayenne pepper
¼ cup hemp seeds
Almond-Lime Salad Booster
1/3 cup slivered almonds
5 organic pitted dates
½ teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon Nutritional Yeast (optional)
¼ teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
Curry Walnut Salad Booster
½ cup raw walnuts
3 tablespoons white raisins
¼ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon curry powder
2 teaspoons ginger root, freshly grated
1/8 teaspoon unrefined sea salt
Garlic-Herb Salad Booster
½ cup pine nuts or raw macadamia nuts
¼ cup white raisins
3 cloves garlic, chopped
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon unrefined sea salt