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Simple Spring SaladAs we step into spring, flowers are blossoming, the grass and trees are no longer brown but a bright green, the air smells fresh and fragrant, birds are chirping, and walking barefoot is excitedly appealing. It’s a time of rejuvenation and renewal not only for nature, but for us as well. Spring offers some of my absolute favorite produce. These fruits and veggies are light and refreshing, helping to detox and awaken our bodies. Spring produce also helps to shed our winter weight and perfectly enhance that springtime glowing skin.

I’ve been playing with a lot of spring recipes lately, and I wanted to share one of my favorites and simplest.

Here’s what you need:

Salad

  • Baby spinach
  • 1 avocado
  • ½ pineapple
  • 6-8 strawberries
  • 1-2 green onions
  • Fresh mint {4-6 leaves}
  • Pine nuts

Dressing

  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup
  • ½ – 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt to taste

How to make:

  1. Place at least 2 handfuls of spinach on each plate.
  2. Slice, dice or chop the avocado, pineapple, strawberries, green onion, and fresh mint.
  3. Top with pine nuts.
  4. Whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, maple syrup & sea salt.
  5. Drizzle dressing on salads, and enjoy!

Simple Spring Salad This makes a salad for two! You can easily make just for one by halving the ingredients.

I also want to encourage you to purchase organic when possible. However, pineapples and avocados fall under the Clean Fifteen category according to the EWG’s 2013 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. {EWG = Environmental Working Group} The Clean Fifteen indicates the least contaminated produce. For the full Clean Fifteen plus the Dirty Dozen list {produce highest in pesticides} go HERE!

Now, I’d love to hear from you! In the comment section below, please tell me:

  1. What is your favorite spring recipe?  I would love to try it!
  2. If you try this simple spring salad, please come back and let me know what you think!
To spring greening,

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P.S. If you missed my first spring post of this year, Top 10 Fresh Beauty Ideas for Spring, make sure to check it out for 10 spring-inspired quick & easy beauty tips for you!

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