Very Berry Antioxidant Salad January 03 2014

This salad packs a healthy punch! Here's a rundown of ingredients and their health benefits:

  • Avocado – packed with biotin, a vitamin that prevents brittle hair and nails and dry skin
  • Blackberries and Raspberries and Blueberries – loaded with the fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants that are crucial for helping the body to age well
  • Spinach – full of folate, which helps skin maintain and repair DNA
  • Pine Nuts – packed with Vitamin E, known for speeding up healthy skin cell regeneration
  • Mango – full of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that gives skin a rosy glow and combats the skin-damaging effects of the sun
  • Canola Oil – full of the heart-healthy kind of fat (monounsaturated fat) that is required to help the body absorb all the nutrients and vitamins found in this salad (in other words, a bit of healthy fat in salad dressing is healthier than a fat-free dressing)

Ingredients

For 4 people ()

  • 1/6 cup(s) Pinenuts
  • 6 2/3 ounce(s) baby spinach
  • 2/3 cup(s) blackberries
  • 2/3 cup(s) raspberries
  • 1 1/3 small avocados

Directions

    1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Arrange the pine nuts on a parchment-lined baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 5-7 minutes, or until the pine nuts are lightly golden – watch carefully, as they burn quickly.
    2. In a food processor or blender, add the chopped mango, agave, canola oil, vinegar, and water. Puree until vinaigrette is smooth and creamy.
    3. Arrange the spinach, berries, and avocado on serving plates. Drizzle Mango Vinaigrette over the salad. Top with toasted pine nuts.