Spring Fest Salad

spring salad recipe

Spring Fest Salad

Spring is the time for healing and growth, bringing life with blossoms, melting away the heaviness we have accumulated throughout the winter season. Now with Covid in our lives, we have this need even more, being in harmony with nature, detox the toxins and take in nature’s spring offerings.
This Artichoke, Purslane and Quinoa salad with lots of lemon juice and olive oil is a perfect mix combining what we need for spring, eliminating toxins by strengthening your internal fires and improving circulation.
In Spring time we aim to eat warm and cooked food to balance. So having warm salads with a touch of herbs and sometimes cooked greens is the best way to enjoy spring bounty with easier to digest ways.
Artichoke helps to pacify Kapha Dosha which is aggravated in spring, and leafy greens are loaded with fiber binding together toxins in your digestive track. They act like industrial scrub brushes – the perfect help to your body’s spring cleanse work.
Quinoa is fluffy and lightweight with a nutty crunchiness that is perfect for spring season when we aim to balance the heaviness of earth and water elements with more air. It is also rich in iron, and restores strength to deficient blood. It contains more calcium than milk, and is rich in magnesium, phosphorus, strengthening kidney yang.
There you go with a rich combination to use healing powers of the nature.
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine International
Servings 2 people
Calories 143 kcal

Equipment

  • pot
  • pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Artichoke Heart
  • 1 Handful Purslane Leaves Washed and Picked From Stems
  • 1 Handful Quinoa
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Lemon Juice and Zest to Taste
  • Fresh herbs like mint, parsley, dill, coriander to decorate
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Optional: fermented lemon chutney, walnuts and soaked and soft dried tomatoes

Instructions
 

  • Boil or steam artichoke heart with a bit of lemon juice and olive oil
  • Wash and drain quinoa very well before cooking and then boil like pasta with enough water to cover and make sure it is crunchy and not so mushy (takes about 5-8 minutes). Drain and set aside
  • Spread the purslane leaves on your plate
  • Add part of the cooked quinoa and add artichoke heart on top
  • Place some more quinoa in the middle of the artichokes and decorate with fresh herbs
  • Mix lemon juice, olive oil, salt, lemon zest and pour over the plate
  • Alternatively, you can mix them all in a bowl, slicing artichokes in to little pieces, adding pieces of walnuts, sliced dried tomatoes and the sauce. Decorate with fresh herbs
  • Add 1tbs of fermented lemon sauce chutney on top
Keyword Salads

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