5 Steps to a Perfect Salad

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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, kimchee, raw carrots, radish, cucumbers, jicama or cut up kohlrabi (a completely forgotten and super yummy veggie).

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.

For even more salad inspiration check out all the salads from #SaladFest2013

What are your favorite salad ingredients and dressings?  Share the love down below.

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Arielle Fierman’s Japanese Carrot-Ginger-Miso Salad #SaladFest2013

This tastes EXACTLY like the carrot-ginger-miso dressing you get at the Japanese fh-157-Copy-172x300restaurant, only so much better and fresher! Amazingly delicious + super cleansing + so easy to make.

You can buy it pre-made from the supermarket (or your fave Japanese restaurants), but
often they douse it with unhealthy oils and ingredients.  So Arielle healthified it and made a version of your fave salad dressing.

Enjoy it over a bed of mixed greens, cukes, tomatoes and sprouts, then garnish with some sesame seeds and you’ll be instantly transported to your favorite Japanese restaurant.

Store it in an airtight container in your fridge and it will stay fresh for a good 2-weeks!

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Japanese Carrot Ginger Miso Salad Dressing
Servings: 10-12
Time: 3 minutes

  • 4 large carrots, peeled
  • 1 large white onion, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 4 inches fresh ginger root, peeled (tip:scrape off skin w/edge of a spoon)
  • 1 tbsp sweet white miso paste
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seed oil
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil (healthier alternative to canola oil)
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp brown rice vinegar
  • optional- sesame seeds

Directions

Blend carrots, onions and ginger until blended well/finely chopped.

Add miso paste, brown rice vinegar, toasted sesame seed oil and sesame oil.

While the blender is going, slowly drizzle in water to thin the mixture. Add more water depending on how thick/thin you want.

Blend, blend, blend until the perfect consistency! Voila! Enjoy!!

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Arielle J Fierman of Bewellwitharielle.com, is an expert at healthifying your favorite dishes into foods that your body will love you back for eating. She was recently featured on Dr. Oz and NBC. Follow her on blog | facebook | twitter | pinterest | instagram.

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Watch This: Whipping Up The Best Salad Dressing

The easiest way to “health-ify” a meal is to make your own homemade sauces and dressings.  Naturally, we get a A LOT of questions about the best ways to make them.

  • What’s the vehicle to use?
  • How do I store it?
  • How can it be easy?

We address all that and more in this video.  Which is your favorite kitchen apparatus for making a dressing?  Let us know in the comments below!

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Stay tuned for outtakes at the end to watch Robyn rap and Quinn get gangster…

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Now that you know HOW to make a dressing… here are some of our favorites!

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