Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Autumn Salad Anti-Inflammatory

If your in need of something light and fabulous tasting then this recipe is one that you have to try. It uses a lot of ingredients that a lot of people have on hand and is full of flavor. Leave off the chicken for a nice side salad or throw it on and make it a nice light meal. I love how there is so much crunch and flavor in this salad. I will definitely be having one of these for lunch again today!
*Note this picture of this recipe uses dried cranberries instead of the strawberries. When you can have cranberries totally add them back in!*

My friend brought this to my house for a lunch get together and I just had to have the recipe. She had found it off of a great blog I have used a few times called SixSisterStuff. If you haven't been to their site, you should. It is awesome!

6 to 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce
2 medium apples, chopped (pears are also delicious if you want to use those)
1 cup diced fresh strawberries
1 cup chopped walnuts (pecans or almonds are also a yummy substitution)
8 slices turkey bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled
1-2 grilled chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
*As much Balsamic Vinaigrette as you like*

1. In a large bowl, combine the lettuce, apples, strawberries, walnuts, bacon, and chicken.
2. Drizzle with as much of your favorite anti-inflammatory diet friendly dressings

**Randi's Side Notes**
~Anti-Inflammatory Diet Friends. When you think you can have the pure cane maple syrup, you could try using this awesome homemade Poppyseed balsamic dressing.
1/2 cup pure cane maple syrup
1/3 cup olive oil or natural applesauce
1/2 cup lite rice vinegar or balsamic vinegar
3 TBSP onion
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce Gluten free
1/4 tsp paprika
1 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup water
1 TBSP poppy seeds
1 TBSP sesame seeds
Combine all ingredients EXCEPT the seeds into the blender and blend until the mixture is smooth. Finally stir in the seeds and viola!!!! A yummy, delicious perfectly clean recipe for poppyseed dressing!

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