Candy Salad

(­­The Best Salad Recipe)

Yes I have had to force myself to LOVE SALAD. I have had to change my tastebuds and my cravings for pizza, fried chicken and chocolate cake.

It was evident a long time ago that the only way to a sustainably healthy diet was to love and crave what you eat.

So I dabbled for years with the perfect salad and dressing recipe.

There are so many aspects to this salad and it takes time to create. But creating it is part of the process. As you pour the olive oil you can taste the olive oil. Same with the sweet vinegar- the sour aspect. Crunchy, creamy, salty, spicy, sweet, savor, sour.

Your mouth should be dripping when you are ready to eat this salad!

I start by toasting or candying nuts.

For candied pecans or walnuts:

1 cup raw pecans or walnuts

1/3 cup butter or butter alternative

1/3 cup sugar alternative like coconut sugar, date sugar.

Directions: Mix all ingredients and roast in a frying pan over medium for 5-6 minutes just when the nuts start getting dark. (The house will smell lovely!)

Get your salad dressing prepared:

1/4 cup olive oil

1/8 cup vinegar

3 cloves of garlic

1/8 cup honey or other sweetener

you can add other salad dressings to this mix- experiment and find what you crave.

salt and pepper to taste.

Directions: blend in bullet or food processor. Set aside.

Salad:

Get chopping! I find the more chopped up the ingredients, the more palatable. So chop finely: (organic) romaine lettuce, cabbage, celery, carrots, onion, cucumber, peppers and any other greens of your pleasure.

Toss the vegetables in your dressing and at this point you can also add some lemon or lime juice.

Top off your salad with your candied or toasted nuts, dried fruit (cranberries, raisins or any kind that you like) and you can also add things like chopped olives, finely chopped raw garlic or sweet marinated jalapenos.

If you have a local Indian food store you can also add their crunchy snack mix filled with spicy flavorful nuts. I know some people even enjoy sprinkling trail mix on their salad.

Keep in mind, It takes time to adjust. This salad took me years to hone and craft. And it is still evolving…

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