Monday, April 18, 2016

Spring Radish and Black Bean Salad

“True friendship isn’t about being inseparable, its being separated and nothing changes”

Food is nourishment for our body and soul. 

Food is also something that brings people together.

In these beautiful days when the sun stays out a little longer and the evenings stay a little warmer, it is the perfect time to gather with friends for parties, BBQ’s, etc… 

This Spring make time for your friends - or maybe meet some new ones. Play music, dance, cook together, eat together and linger over drinks together. 

Light some candles, cut some flowers - it doesn’t have to be perfect...

Sharing a delicious meal brings laughter, stories, memories and makes you healthy in a way a million green smoothies can’t. 

I personally am so grateful for the amazing friends in my life and wouldn’t be who I am today or writing to you each week without them!

Today’s recipe is an awesome Spring Black Bean and Radish Salad. It is the perfect dish to bring to a dinner party or BBQ because it is easy to make, tastes great and is brimming with healthy ingredients. And if you are plant based or gluten free it can honestly be your meal and you won’t be hungry. 

The radishes in this salad are a great “spring detox” ingredient. They contain antioxidants that help clear toxins that may have accumulated over the winter months. These antioxidants also work to reduce inflammation, prevent disease and boot immunity. In this salad their sharp flavour is is nicely contrasted with the sweetness of the fresh orange. 


Spring Black Bean and Radish Salad

6-8 cups of spring mix
1 navel orange, peeled and diced
1/4 red onion, diced
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
6 radishes, thinly sliced
1 red pepper, chopped
3 Tbsp sunflower seeds
2 Tbsp hemp seeds (hemp hearts)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp maple syrup
fresh ground pepper and sea salt

In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup and spices.

Add all the remaining ingredients in a large bowl.

Dress and mix the salad when you are ready to serve.

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