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)
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
- 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.
- In a food processor or blender, add the chopped mango, agave, canola oil, vinegar, and water. Puree until vinaigrette is smooth and creamy.
- Arrange the spinach, berries, and avocado on serving plates. Drizzle Mango Vinaigrette over the salad. Top with toasted pine nuts.