Food & Wine

Baby spinach salad with purple carrots & dried fruits . Raspberry vinaigrette dressing

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Ingredients for the salad: Baby spinach , pistachio , pecans, dried cranberries

Ingredients for dressing sauce: 1 cup raspberries – 1 tbs honey – 1/3 cup olive oil – 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

Salad: Wash baby spinach under cool water. Place in salad bowl and add the rest of ingredients: purple carrots julienne or slices , pistachio , pecans & dried cranberries.

Dressing: Mash berries until liquefield. Put all ingredients (berries- honey -oil-balsamic vinegar) into a jar and shake well until dressing is creamy.  Season to taste with salt before serving and enjoy this healthy gift from nature!

Baby spinach is high in

  • vitamin A (necessary for healthy vision, immune function,  skin and bone health)
  • vitamin K ( important for proper blood clotting)
  • folate (  important for woman of childbearing age, because it helps to prevent neural tube defects in developing babies)

Berries:

  • Rich in fiber and antioxidants.
  • Vitamin C

Purple carrots:

  • contain higher amounts of phenolics (especially anthocyanins) and show higher antioxidant capacity than their orange and yellow counterparts . Anthocyanins may provide the following health benefits:
  • Anti-Carcinogenic Effects Against Colon Cancer Cells
  • Strong Anti-Inflammatory Properties
  • Eye Health Protecting Qualities
  • Improved Vascular Health
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