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Antidepressant Salad

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I made this salad using ingredients fresh from my friends garden! The kale, cucumber, basil, lavender and rose petals were just picked from the garden. The arugula, watermelon and olive oil dressing were from the supermarket. The idea with this recipe is to show how you might be able to go out in your garden, and pick fresh ingredients to make an extremely nutrient rich salad! When we pluck our ingredients straight from our garden and then eat them, we are getting high doses of nutrition and living energy. This makes it an antidepressant salad, along with the individual benefits of each ingredient, which you can see below! This is a great salad for the summer, and can also be eaten in winter as it is refreshing and can add a raw element to your meal. For example you could have this with some cooked fish, or a curry or soup. It is always good to incorporate as much raw into our diet as possible, even if we pair it with a cooked dish, so we have a hybrid meal! Raw foods are extremely nutrient rich and leave us feeling light and energized. – Love Liana

Total time: 15 minutes

Serves 2

Ingredients:
1 head of kale, torn to smaller pieces
1 cup of arugula or rocket
1/2 cup fresh basil
1 cucumber, cut into pieces
2 tablespoons lavender
1 cup watermelon, cut into tiny cubes
1/2 cup rose petals
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt

Tip: 
1. This salad is also great with avocado!
2. We ate this salad with turkey burgers.

Action:
1. Get a large bowl and add the kale, arugula and basil. Toss.
2. Add the cucumber, lavender and watermelon.
3. Sprinkle the rose petals over the salad!
4. Drizzle the olive oil over the salad and then sprinkle with salt. Toss so oil is dressing the salad. Use more to taste.

Benefits:
+ Kale: High in Protein, Extremely nutrient rich
+ Rose petals: Strengthen the heart, helps with heart disease, soothe anger and alleviate depression
+ Lavender: Antidepressant, relieve anxiety, help with fatigue and stress
+ Watermelon: Great for clear skin, high in Vitamin A and C, Immune Boosting, low in calories
+ Basil: High in Vitamin K, Iron and Anti-inflammatory
+ Detoxes heavy metals and toxins
+ Accelerates weight loss
+ Alkalizes
+ Digestive health, good for IBS
+ Brain food
+ Immune Boosting

* Every single recipe on this website uses nature’s ingredients, only. Always choose organic, local and seasonal whenever possible.

This recipe was created by Liana Werner-Gray and enjoyed with Jean and Noah at Jean’s Wellness Home. 

Photo thanks Rock’n Raw Photos – Raw and Unedited 

This recipe is part of © 2013 The Earth Diet ™  All Rights Reserved


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