Superfood Salad Recipe

Packed with nutrients that boost immunity, decrease inflammation, repair muscle and bone, plus a healthy dose of protein and fiber to keep you full and happy!

Do you need a little nutritious pick-me up as we settle into the cool days of winter? We’re excited to share some great recipes for healthy fueling from RaceMill friend, professional cyclist and founder of Harmony Bar, Jessica Cerra.  While she will be spending most of the year with pro-cycling team Twenty16-Sho-Air, she is kind enough to share some of her recipes with us to keep us healthy throughout the year.

This salad is packed with all the nutrition you need to fuel, repair and support the needs of an endurance athlete. Chia seeds lend a healthy dose of Omega 3’s, beneficial for inflammation, while pumpkin and sunflower seeds provide protein and the powerful antioxidant Vitamin E. Berries add a touch of sweetness and color, with immune boosting benefits of Vitamin C, and spinach supplies large amounts of Vitamin K for bone and muscle repair. Tossed with protein and fiber-rich quinoa, everything you need is right in your salad bowl.

Makes 4 servings

10 ounces baby spinach
1 ½ cup cooked quinoa
½ cup blueberries
½ cup sliced strawberries
½ cup finely diced jicama
2 heaping TBSP toasted pumpkin seeds
2 TBSP sunflower seeds
1 TBSP chia seeds
2 TBSP freshly chopped basil
2 TBSP freshly chopped cilantro
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup champagne, white wine or red wine vinegar
Juice of two oranges
1 tsp sea salt
½ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper

1. To make the salad dressing: In a blender combine the basil, cilantro, olive oil, vinegar, orange juice, salt and pepper. Pour into a sealable plastic container or jar and set aside.
2. In a large bowl, toss the rest of the ingredients gently with large salad utensils.
3. Pour about ¼ cup of the salad dressing over the salad and toss gently until combine. Add more dressing if needed.
4. Store the rest of the dressing in the fridge for up until two weeks.

To follow Jessica on her cycling journey or to see other great recipes, follow her on Facebook  and Twitter or visit her website.

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