As an important part of the Fertility Diet, salads (and Fertility Smoothies) are an extremely easy way to eat the suggested 7-9 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day.
“You’re so good at salads,” said my mom in reply to my attempt to get her to modify our holiday menu so I wouldn’t have to bring salad again. I have been, for years, the one getting asked to bring a salad to any and all gatherings.
So, when I joined a recent free live class, by Natural Fertility Company founder Hethir Rodriguez, about the 7 Fertility Superfoods You Can Find At Your Grocery Store, I immediately thought, “salad!” and created one. I hope you like it!
First though, a bit about why these seven foods are important for fertility health:
7 Fertility Superfoods Salad
1 cup of raw chard
1 cup of raw spinach
½ cup steamed broccoli
4 cups cooked lentils
½ cup organic berries of choice (I used homegrown raspberries and organic blackberries)
⅛-¼ cup chopped raw walnuts
⅛-¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds
Thinly slice chard and spinach and arrange on a plate with other ingredients, drizzle with dressing* of your choice.
2-3 Tbsp. of your favorite vinegar (I used Apple Cider Vinegar, but it’s tangy. Many vinaigrettes call for white or red wine vinegar, or sherry)
½ cup macerated berries of choice (I used raspberries)
¼ cup extra virgin Olive Oil (cold-pressed and organic)
2-3 Tbsp. honey (more or less to taste)
pinch of sea salt
Combine all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until combined. Will store in an airtight container for up to a month.
The second time I made this salad, I served it with Annie’s Homegrown Organic Papaya Poppy Seed dressing. Yum!