Whip up this blueberry spinach salad for an antioxidant boost

Whip up this blueberry spinach salad for an antioxidant boost

Let’s face it: getting in the recommended amounts of fruits and veggies can be a challenge. In today’s convenience-driven, fast-paced world, grab-and-go has become the norm. And, more often than not, the quick options available don’t have the fruits and vegetables we need to maintain a healthy diet.

Salads are one of the easiest ways to incorporate more vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables into our day. I always try to include a salad with two of my meals each day. Whether it’s a side salad for dinner or a large salad as my lunch, salads are a great way to get your daily dose of fruits and veggies.

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One of my favorite salads is this Blueberry Spinach Salad. This salad is bursting with flavor and texture. I love the sweetness of the blueberries and the crunch of the almonds together.
I use my favorite Mojito Salad Dressing on this salad, but you could also use balsamic vinaigrette. I love the way the mojito dressing pairs with the blueberries – the tartness of the lime and sweetness of the berries is the perfect combination.

Spinach is a great alternative to lettuce. There’s a reason why Popeye loved spinach: it’s one of the healthiest salad greens you can use because it’s packed with three times as much calcium, iron and potassium in addition to being loaded with essential vitamins and minerals.

Plus, spinach is more convenient than lettuce. Baby spinach comes prepackaged in bite-sized pieces so you don’t need to take the time to tear it. This is a great time-saver on busy mornings when you’re making your lunch. I have started swapping spinach for lettuce in salads, sandwiches, burgers, basically anything where I would use lettuce.

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To speed up my mornings, I like to prep my salads ahead of time. I set up an assembly line on Sunday evenings. I set out five reusable storage containers with airtight lids and fill them with pre-washed (and dried) spinach.

Then I place the blueberries and almonds in separate snack-sized ziptop bags. The dressing goes into small reusable containers. I stack all of the containers in my fridge with the blueberries, almonds and dressing on top of each container. This way, on busy mornings, I just need to grab and go.

This has quickly become one of my favorite salads. You could even add some cooked chicken or shrimp and make it a protein-rich meal. You could also add quinoa for a meatless option.

Basics

  • Description – spinach salad with blueberries, nuts and red onion, dressed with special mojito dressing
  • Prep Time – 10 min
  • Cook Time – no cooking involved
  • Total Time – 10 min
  • Yields 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • thinly sliced red onions
  • 3-4 tablespoons Mojito Dressing (recipe below)

Instructions

  1. Place spinach on plate
  2. Top with blueberries, almonds and onions
  3. Drizzle salad dressing on top

Mojito Salad Dressing

The dressing for this salad couldn’t be simpler: simply whisk the following ingredients together in a small bowl.

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Torani Mojito Mint syrup
  • 1 lime, juiced