How is it possible that when you order a salad at many restaurants, you end up eating more fat, calories and preservatives than if you’d just ordered the hamburger? Think the dressings from the grocery store are any better? No way! Those salad dressings are filled with nastiness – so let’s make our own! But first, let’s talk about how to make a real salad as your whole meal. It’s not just a few sad pieces of romaine lettuce with some croutons anymore! Rainbow Salad Salads are all about colour. Throw as many colours in there as possible. Start with a huge bowl because you know it’s going to grow outta control! 1/2 head of Red Leaf Lettuce 2 handfuls spinach 1/2 of red, orange and yellow peppers 15 chopped purple grapes 1/3 chopped cucumber 10 chopped cherry tomatoes and any other colourful ingredients you like! Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, celery, broccoli, cauliflower and sprouts! Chunky Mango-Avocado Dream Into a bowl, chop… 2 roma tomatoes 1 soft, ripe mango 1 soft, ripe avocado 1/2 red onion Add a few pinches of salt and the juice of 1/2 a lemon. Stir it up and pour over your salad. Mmm!! This recipe can also be used as a dip for your vegetables or eaten with a spoon. So delicious! Caesar Dressing Soak 1/3 cup raw cashews for 30 minutes Then add to blender with… 1/4 cup water juice from 1/2 lemon 1/2 tsp garlic powder 2 pinches salt 4 shakes pepper 1 tsp dijon mustard. Blend and enjoy! Raspberry Basil Drizzle To a high speed blender, add… 1/2 cup raspberries (or strawberries) 2 pitted dates 6 leaves fresh basil splash of water for blending Vegan Cheesey Sauce Soak 10 raw cashews for 10 minutes Then add to blender with… 1 pitted date 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 large red bell pepper 3 tbsp nutritional yeast (Bragg’s is a good brand – find it at Health Food Store) 6 shakes cayenne pepper (more or less if you like it spicy or not!) pinch salt Blend this up and pour over your salad. It’s also a delicious dip for your veggies or if you make kale chips. Easy Fruit Dressing To a blender, add… 1/2 cup raspberries 1/2 cup strawberries 2 pitted dates juice of 1/2 lemon pinch salt Blend and pour over your rainbow salad. Sesame Dressing To a blender, add… 1 tsp extra virgin coconut oil 1 tbsp of organic peanut or almond butter 2 tbsp hulled sesame seeds splash water Blend together and then add 1 tbsp of hulled sesame seeds before drizzling over your salad.