Medicinal Herb Salads <3 Benefits, Ingredients & Concepts

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November 21, 2013 by Living Girl Living Foods

I’ve been creating Medicinal Herb Salads for dinner consistently now for a few days and thought I was overdo on sharing some concoctions and information. Herbs all have medicinal qualities, most of them are ideal for detoxing and digestion.  They can be helpful with pulling metals, toxins, or if parasites are a concern. Some herbs that we all are familiar with is safe, rosemary, parsley, cilantro, thyme, oregano, and basil just to name a few!

But today I will be focusing on some ingredients or blends that may not be so normal. A few other wonderful herbs, especially to add into a medicinal salad is…

Alfalfa (sprouts in general are fantastic, radish sprouts and alfalfa are my two favorites)

Borage

Dandelion (and the greens)

Chicory

Dill

Mint

Marsh Mallow

Hollyhock

Violets (or other edible flowers)

Plantain

Technically Arugula is an herb also 😀

Things like Arugula, Dandelion Greens, and Plantain have more of a bitter taste. This aids in digestion and can be a little more tricky to balance in a dish. The greens like Arugula, Basil, Dandelion Greens and Alfalfa are more nutrient packed compared to the other items on this list.

Some other ingredients that are common in Medicinal Herb Salads are…

Ginger

Horseradish

A bit of oil (hemp, flax, chia, sesame, olive oil), this may not be necessary if enough of other liquids are being used. It can be surprising how delicious an oil free salad is 🙂

Anything with some heat; habanero, jalapeno, cayenne, etc.

Coconut Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar

Turmeric

Garlic

Shallots

Seaweed (spirulina included here)

Citrus Juice (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit)

Scallions

Burdock Root

Mushrooms

Romaine (any lettuce really)

Spices in general; curry, mustard, chili blend, Italian seasoning

Dark Leafy Greens like Spinach, Kale, Chard and so on

Any toppings you are into; tomatoes, root vegetables, seeds like flax or sesame, peppers, cucumbers, olives, fennel you name it 🙂 I like my medicinal salads to be a little more simple, just to mix things up and to be even easier on digestion.

I’m personally a huge fan of adding beet top greens in mine since they are excellent for pulling metals and are rich in iron ❤ They give a great color, usually people are deliciously surprised by the use of them and they add an exta crunch!

Here are a few of the creations I’ve been whipping up. These are all very simple, just take a few minutes of chopping and mixing! No blender or fancy gadgets 🙂

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Chopped Arugula

Chopped Cilantro

Chopped Dandelion Greens

Microplaned turmeric and ginger

Dash of cayenne powder

Coconut Vinegar

Hemp Oil

Oodles of fresh lemon juice

A little bit of lemon zest

Mashed up with lots of love xx

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Chopped Dandelion Greens

Chopped Beet Tops

Fresh Tangelo Juice

Turmeric

Ginger

Basil (chopped)

Parsley (chopped)

Hemp oil

Freshly juiced habanero pepper

Curry Powder

Cumin Powder

Mashed up and yes those are indeed chopsticks 🙂 they help me eat slower and truly enjoy my meal

Medicinal Herb Salads can be rather warming depending the ingredients used. Arugula and many of the herbs add a fresh and clean feel but also give it a kick. Since many of these ingredients aid in circulation, it will be helpful with warmth as well as staying healthy and providing oxygen to our blood cells.

If your bored with salads or possibly just stuck in a routine on how you make them, focusing on creating a medicinal herb salad might get some fresh ideas flowing and may be even some produce that isn’t common in your kitchen.

Have fun making your creation, chopping the ingredients, picking out spices, and make something as simple or complex as you would like. I think I have personally “wowed” more people with coming up with unique salads or soups, the things we all find ourselves to be stuck in a box or formula with. Try mixing things together that you normally wouldn’t, if you aren’t pleased with the taste you can always balance it out.

Thank you all for taking the time to stop by my site. Wishing you all an adventurous day in the kitchen! Much love ❤ and raw power 😉

Jess

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