Friday, March 20, 2020

Chard Salad

I've been staying home and using up all the perishable food I bought last week. So I've been cooking up a storm. First to use up are all the leafy greens as the hard vegetables will keep for quite a while. Last night I made a Chard Salad that we really enjoyed that was dressed with a Lemony Dressing that comes form my friend Kelly. The secret ingredient is Bragg's Liquid Aminos along with some Red Onion and Garlic that marinated in the dressing. To make the Salad more colorful, I used an Orange Pepper cut up. It's full of Vitamin C - more than Oranges! And, I sprinkled the Salad with toasted Sunflower Seeds for even more crunch. It was so good that I have to share it with you!

Chard Salad

1 large bunch of Chard
1 small Orange Pepper, trimmed and cut into small pieces
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
1/4 cup Olive Oil 
1/4 cup minced Red Onion
2 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 teaspoon Bragg's Liquid Aminos (or Coconut Aminos)
1/3 cup Sunflower Seeds, toasted

Put the Onions, Garlic, Lemon Juice, Olive Oil and Bragg's Liquid Aminos in a salad bowl.  Stir to combine. 

Wash the Chard thoroughly to remove any sand. Tear the leafy part of the Chard off the Stalk and then tear into bite size pieces. Place in the salad bowl.  Add in the pieces of Orange Pepper and toss so that the dressing coats everything thoroughly. 

This salad can be made ahead and refrigerated. Sprinkle with Sunflower Seeds before serving. 

Five Element Analysis

Chard is a leafy green so you know that it's part of the Wood Element and the Lemon Juice and Olive Oil add even more. The Orange Pepper brings in the Fire Element and the Sunflower Seeds and the Bragg's Liquid Aminos contribute the Water Element. The Metal Element is represented by the Onion and Garlic.  So, all that's missing is the Earth Element so serve it with a main dish from the Earth Element like a Steak, if you are a carnivore or some baked Butternut Squash if you are Vegan, for a balanced meal!

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