Sesame Street Salad

Written by Eydie Desser

Unlike Kermit the frog who says “it’s not easy being green”, Garden of Eydie says:  “It is easy being green! with this verdant and highly nutritious salad.

When you eat leafy greens and vegetables, you’re eating the most nutrient-dense of all foods!  Plus,  you can eat as much as you want, as leafy greens and vegetables weigh in at 100 calories per pound.  The majority of calories in green vegetables, including leafy greens come from protein, which is packed with phytochemicals (our defense against pathogens).  They are also rich in folate, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids.

The problem is, we just don’t get enough of them in our diet!  Garden of Eydie  is here to fix that!  Not only are we giving you a recipe for a highly nutritious  leafy greens and vegetable salad, but it is also adorned with two options for dressings:  

The Sesame Street dressing is full of flavor and antioxidants from the herbs, with a bit of sweetness from the date.  Dates are amazing for the digestive system!  They are also great for diabetes and  the perfect fruit for athletes and active people because of its high amount of potassium.  We need the glucose from the dates  for refueling the brain and the muscles to power you through your workout!  Dates strengthen the bones as well.  

If you can find fresh jackfruit, then definitely try Jackfruit “the Robby” salad dressing,  made out of fresh, high antioxidant fruit, herbs and healing ginger!  I call it “the Robby” because @mindfuldiabeticrobby gave me the gift of fresh jackfruit from the wholesale market in downtown, LA!  Once I tasted it I just knew it would make the perfect sauce for everything from salads to rice dishes or even as a topping for collard green wraps!

Try this salad.  You’ll like it!  It really is easy being green.

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 4 cups fresh baby arugula, washed and dried
  • 1 lb. broccolini, thick stems peeled to be thin, and sliced in 1/2
  • ½ lb. haricot verts, trimmed, sliced in 1/2
  • ½ lb. snow peas or sugar snap peas, stringed, sliced in ½ on the diagonal
  • ¼ cup fresh tarragon, finely chopped


Sesame Street Salad Dressing:

Makes 1 cup

  • ½ medium size avocado flesh
  • 1 date
  • ¼ cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup packed fresh parsley leaves
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup Garden of Eydie vegetable stock or other salt free vegetable stock
  • (2) large cloves garlic, 1 heaping tsp. minced garlic

Jackfruit “the Robby” dressing:

Makes 1 cup

  • ½ cup fresh jackfruit
  • 1 date, pitted
  • 1/2 tsp  freshly grated ginger, or more to taste
  • (1) 8” cucumber, peeled
  • 1 TB stuffed with mint leaves

Instructions

Make The Salad:

1- In a 5-qt. pot filled with water to 2 inches below the rim, par boil snow peas and broccolini for 30 seconds until al dente. Place vegetables in an ice water bath until cooled.  Drain.

2- Par boil green beans in the same pot,  for about 3 minutes, and place cooked vegetables in a fresh  ice water bath until cooled.  Drain.

3- Place all of the drained vegetables on a large towel, and pat dry.


Instructions for the two options for Salad Dressings:

1- Place all of the ingredients in a blender and purée until smooth. Reserve in a measuring cup.

2- Can be refrigerated for 1 day, but is best the day you make it.


To Serve

1- Rewarm the vegetables in a large sautě pan heated over medium heat stirring constantly until warm.  Remove and place in a large platter.

2- Add the salad dressing of your choice, and mix through, or serve the dressing  in a bowl on the side.

3- Sprinkle tarragon on the vegetables and serve.

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