My New Roots’ Chakra Fruit Salad with Enlightened Tahini Sauce #SaladFest2013

The chakras are the major energy centers in the body, of which there are seven. sarahBeginning at the very base of the spine and moving upward to the crown of the head, chakras are said to be moving wheels of light, colour and sound that regulate all energy entering and exiting the body. The energy that flows through the chakras regulates the healing abilities of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual selves.

Something that particularly caught my attention with studying the chakra system was noticing colours more than usual. As each colour corresponds to a specific chakra in the body, I realized that colours really do play an important role in our lives, and the ones we choose to surround ourselves with say a lot about us.

So yes, I had to make something using all the colours of the rainbow and what a pleasurable job indeed. The summer market called to me, and what I created was a rainbow fruit salad with a bright, light and spiced tahini sauce to bring it all together.

The fruits I chose were just what I found and had on hand, but you can of course use any fruits you like and that are in season near you.

The Enlightened Tahini Sauce tastes delicious on any sweet fruits. Even just slicing up an apple to dip in the lusciousness would be welcomed. Experiment and rejoice! Anything goes.

Although I can’t claim that eating this fruit salad will bring your spirit closer to enlightenment, I can tell you that your tummy will be.

What better way to celebrate summer than with a refreshing bowl of raw rainbow sweetness to share with precious friends and beloved family? No matter how you slice it, nirvana is often found in the place you least expect, and sometimes even on the plate right in front of you.

My new roots_fruit saladChakra Fruit Salad with Enlightened Tahini Sauce
Servings: 4
Time: 15 minutes

  • currants – red / root chakra
  • oranges – orange / sacral chakra
  • plums – yellow/ solar plexus chakra
  • kiwi – green / heart chakra
  • blueberries – blue / throat chakra
  • blackberries – indigo / third eye chakra
  • grapes – violet / crown chakra

Enlightened Tahini Sauce
Makes about 1 cup

  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey (or maple syrup)
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch dried ground ginger
  • Pinch of sea salt (unless you are using salted tahini)
  • 4-6 Tbsp. water
  • Hemp seeds for garnish (optional)

Directions

Choose fruits representing every colour of the rainbow.

Wash and prepare with love and gratitude.

Place all ingredients for the tahini sauce in a jar with a tightly fitting lid and shake well to combine. Add more water to thin if desired. Store leftovers in the fridge for up to a week.

Drizzle the fruit with tahini sauce and sprinkle with hemp seeds. Share and enjoy.

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Sarah Britton started the website My New Roots in October 2007, this blog has been the place for her to share the edible inspirations from her playtime in the kitchen, and deep love for whole foods. The recipes and ideas you’ll find here revolve around her plant-based way of eating.  She hopes that through the simple and delicious dishes she creates, you too will discover a whole new world of flavour and nourishment.

Like My New Roots on Facebook and follow Sarah for more whole food recipes on Twitter.

 

 

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Holli Thompson’s Quinoa & Bean Salad with Mango #SaladFest2013

Quinoa looks and tastes like a grain, but actually a seed that’s easy to make, readily holli_square_1500digestible, and high in protein. It’s a great option if you’re looking for plant-based protein sources.

With this combination of protein, fiber, and vegetables, this salad can be delicious lunch as well as a side dish.

This is my favorite recipe to bring to summer pot-lucks, and I love it for fall tail-gates too.

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Quinoa & Bean Salad with Mango
Servings: 6-8
Time: 10 minutes

  • 2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 15 ounces cooked black beans
  • 1 mango, peeled and cubed
  • 1 red bell pepper, seed and diced
  • 1 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 cup chopped cilantro (I have made this with and without, your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mirin
  • 2 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • Sea salt, to taste

Directions
Fold everything together in a large bowl.

Allow salad to sit in the refrigerator for a few hours, if you can, so the flavors meld together.

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Holli Thompson, CHHC, CNHP is the founder of Nutritional Style and www.hollithompson.com.  Holli appears on CBS, ABC and FX networks as a nutrition and food expert, and speaks to national organizations, including the American Heart Association and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  Holli writes a weekly blog, and is featured in The Daily Love.  She’s been profiled in More Magazine, Well&GoodNYC, Camille Styles, and was USA Today’s choice for an Age-Proof Beauty.  She is co-author of the book “Optimism!” and is currently writing her own book to be published in early 2014.

Holli offers individual and group coaching by telephone or Skype. Connect in with her on Twitter, @nutrition, Facebook @Holli Thompson, Pinterest @Holli Thompson, or Instagram @HolliThompson 

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Five Tips for the Perfect Salad #SaladFest2013

We’ve been sharing daily mouthwatering salad recipes and now we want to share a template for how to create your own perfect salad in 5 easy steps!

Maybe this will help inspire you to post your own creation for #SaladFest2013! 

There’s still time to have YOUR recipe featured on the blog!  Scroll to the bottom for the easy directions.

1.  Include fresh herbs.  Any and all of them.  Throw in some basil, parsley, cilantro, mint…it will totally take your salad to the next level.

2. Make sure you have something crunchy.  Try toasted pumpkin seeds, raw slivered almonds, raw carrots, cucumbers, jicama or cut up kohlrabi (a completely forgotten and super yummy veggies this time of year).

3. Season that baby up!  Use quality sea salt, pepper, garlic powder and make sure you really work your dressing into the greens.  Even distribution is key (and that way you won’t need to use as much)!

**Our secret to the perfect dressing is 2 parts good quality oil + 2 parts acid (vinegar or citrus) + 1 part Dijon mustard.  A little S & P and you’re good to go!

4. Always include something unexpected.  Try sliced banana, blueberries, granola, seaweed snacks, scrambled eggs, or any leftovers (like curry or stir fries).

5. Go for a chop-chop.  Put it all on a board and take out your aggression by chopping all of your ingredients into easy, bite size pieces.

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Here’s how to follow along AND enter your own salad recipe to be featured on the blog

1. Follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.

2. Submit your summer salad recipe using either of these options:

a) Post a recipe on your blog and Tweet or FB the link at us using the hashtag #SaladFest2013.  An example – after creating your own blog post you could tweet out, ”Just posted my summer salad recipe for the @Cooking_Camp girls! I would love to be featured for #SaladFest2013!”

b) Don’t have a blog?  Email us your recipe and Tweet or FB using the hashtag #SaladFest2013 to let everyone know you’ve entered. For instance, ” I just emailed my famous chicken salad recipe to the @Cooking_Camp girls.  Retweet this to see it on their site #SaladFest2013″

3. The lucky tastemaker who makes the most noise about #SaladFest2013 will have their Summer Salad recipe featured on our site.  

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Save the Kales’ Chickpea Strawberry Summer Salad #SaladFest2013

by Jaime K, founder of Save the Kales!

This salad was born from one of those days when you’re almost out of groceries and picture-31need to eat lunch, resulting in a raid of the fridge and pantry. Isn’t that how the best meals are created?

I took a basic chickpea salad and added some in-season fruit for more bulk, and the combination of bright lemon, earthy chickpeas and sweet strawberries has made this salad a weekly staple in my home. And it’s a simple, everyone-friendly dish to take to summer picnics and BBQ’s.

Bean and fresh herb salads have become some of my favorite easy, inexpensive healthy recipes.

I don’t think you can go wrong with nearly any combination, and can turn them into warm dishes in cooler months. Take a peek at my Greens and Beans dish, with roasted collards and tomatoes and cannellini beans.

[Ed. Note: Watch Jaime cook this recipe on the TV show Steelstacks Live! right HERE.]

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Chickpea Strawberry Summer Salad
Servings: 6-8
Time: 5 minutes

  • 2 cans of chickpeas (or about 3 cups cooked)
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • Extra virgin olive oil, enough to coat salad lightly
  • About 1/3 cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 bunch scallions/green onions, chopped
  • 1.5 tablespoons dried mint
  • Juice of 2 medium lemons
  • Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste

Directions

Add the chickpeas and strawberries to a mixing bowl. Coat lightly in olive oil. Add remaining ingredients and mix. DONE! EASY!

You can garnish with some whole strawberries or parsley sprigs to make it look extra beautiful.

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Jaime K is the host of Save the Kales!, a vegan cooking and lifestyle TV show airing in Eastern Pennsylvania (and coming soon to the West Coast). Her award-winning blog, Save the Kales!, inspires readers through self-reflection, creativity, vegan cooking, community activism, and an optimistic perspective. In addition, Jaime is a freelance writer and Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach living in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with her rescued animals, boyfriend, and ever-growing book collection.

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Cooking Camp’s Fresh Herb Salad #SaladFest2013

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For our inaugural #SaladFest2013 recipe we wanted to keep it simple, fresh and full of flavor so we’re giving you our Fresh Summer Herb Salad.  Anything but the same boring old salad, this soon-to-be summer staple screams, “get me to the beach!” with its mix of aromatic herbs, sweet citrus-y dressing (that’s totally oil-free!) and creamy avocado-goodness.

Build it out anyway you see fit by adding on more fresh veggies or a lean protein.

To us, this salad is like the perfect pair of denim cut-offs:  A summer staple that never goes out of style. {tweet that}

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Fresh Summer Herb Salad
Servings: 3-4
Time: 10 minutes

  • 1 small head red leaf lettuce (or any salad green of your choice), cleaned and chopped
  • Handful of dandelion greens, chopped
  • ½ small head of radicchio, chopped or sliced
  • ½ bunch of radishes, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup mixed fresh herbs such as parsley, mint, basil, cilantro or dill, roughly chopped
  • ½ avocado, sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Splash of tamari
  • Freshly ground black pepper 

Optional add-ins

  • 1 teaspoon seaweed flakes (such as dulse or kelp seaweed flakes)
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax meal

Directions

Throw all your greens (or in this case greens and reds!) in a bowl with the radishes and herbs.  Add in avocado, nutritional yeast, lemon, tamari and salt then toss very well to combine.  It’s important to thoroughly mix the nutritional yeast with the wet ingredients in order to bring out it’s creamy, cheesy flavor.

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Hi!  We’re Robyn + Quinn and we’re the founders of healthycookingcamp.com.  Our mission is to take you from totally confused to total connoissuer in your kitchen.  Follow our adventures in food and fun on Twitter and YouTube.

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