Here we are, the first day of Spring.
Well, Mother Nature needs to get her sh** together I must say.
I’m still wearing my boots!
My feeling of winter is two-faced.
On one hand, it feels good to watch the soft quiet snow fall while you are cooking hearty warm soups, curling up on the couch with your spiced tea, and just having an excuse to stay in.
On the other hand, I’m so DONE. So done with snow, wearing boots (even though they are so cute, but I want to put on my wedges instead), piling on sweaters, and not seeing the sun.
Since the long winter has gotten me down-in-the-dumps, I decided to perk things up with a colorful salad and manifest my own spring energy.
I’m marking the new season even if the weather might disagree.
Spring Clean Salad is not only pretty, it’s delicious and packed with fat-burning nutrients like grapefruit and mint. Plus it’s great for cleansing the liver which is uber important during spring. The dark leafy kale, avocado, and the dill all support the liver and aid in the “spring cleaning” of our bodies.
Want to make it? Sure, here’s how:
Spring Clean Salad
3 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. chopped fresh mint
1 tsp. chopped fresh dill
3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 bunch kale, 2 cups (you can discard the ribs)
1 Tbsp. pine nuts
1 ruby red grapefruit, peeled and segments removed from membrane
1 avocado, pitted, peeled and cut into chunks
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Combine lemon juice, mustard, mint and dill in a small jar, and shake well.
Add oil and shake well again.
Toss kale with 4 Tbsp. of dressing in bowl. Add pine nuts and toss to combine. Divide among 2 plates.
Heap grapefruit segments and avocado chunks on top of spinach, drizzle with remaining dressing. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.
Makes 2 servings.
*I like to toast the nuts for a little oomph of flavor. Place nuts in skillet over medium-low heat for approximately 5 minutes or until you hear a “popping” sound. Remove and pour over salads.
With each bite, invoke spring’s feeling of rebirth, creation and starting fresh. I’m so ready for all that!
What do you say?
What do you like to do in order to celebrate spring and the new energy it brings? Plant herbs? Get your bike out of the garage? Slip on your open-toed wedges? Share with me in the comments below.
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Hey Lady! Love your boots (I’ll be needing new ones as mine are falling apart). Who made them??
Ahh, Jean! I was just thinking about you…would love a skypey skype with you to catch up! AND the boots, they are Timberland. Very cozy but sick of them right now. AND wouldn’t you know, the snow is melting! Yay! Happy Spring! xo