Well, I keep reading about blended salads and thought I should try one, but to be honest, it didn’t really sound too appealing, so I haven’t had the gumption to try. What IS a blended salad you may ask. Basically it is a green smoothie but more ‘salady’ than ‘fruity’. I enjoy green smoothies, so obviously a blended salad shouldn’t be a big jump for me, but…
This morning I felt the need for some detox since my kids went to a party at McDonald’s last night and I finished both of their hamburgers since I felt bad for the hostess. I thought a blended salad might be the nutritional goodness to counteract my dip into the dark side. I had a recipe from Dr. Fuhrman called, ‘Creamy Greeny Blended Salad’. It calls for 4 ounces of baby spinach, 4 cups of romaine, 1/4 cup of pecans, 1/3 cup soy milk and 7 dates (all thrown in blender).
Pecans are hard to come by in Germany, so I threw in walnuts instead. I didn’t have any baby spinach or Romaine on hand, but I had one of those plastic containers of the mixed green salads, and I wanted to use those. I calculated that Fuhrman’s greens were about 200 grams total and about the same in one of those packages which also happens to be the amount to fill my Thermomix. Obviously, your choice of greens can really affect the end flavor. The mixed greens tend to be stronger flavors which is why I usually enjoy them, but I really wasn’t sure how well it would work with soy milk and dates or whether the flavor would be overpowering blended as a drink.
Well, I tossed everything in my Thermomix and, within less than 30 seconds, it had blended down to an amount less than one of my regular drinking glasses. My first thought was amazement that the same amount of lettuce which could feed my whole family (and then some!) could be so condensed. Then I puckered up and took a sip, and it was . . .. enjoyable! I really liked it. It definitely took on the tastes of the lettuce with a sweeter, creamy flavor, but it works.
Dr. Furhman recommends that we eat a salad as at least one meal every day. I think this blended salad is a wonderful way to help meet that goal. I especially like that it allows you to eat much more greens than you normally would. I probably slurped down that salad in less than 2 minutes, and normally it would have taken me an hour to eat the equivalent amount of lettuce. However, I doubt I have ever eaten the same amount of greens in one sitting, so that is even a better reason to try it. Another advantage is that it is even quicker to make than a salad – another lame excuse I have for not eating as many salads as I should because I don’t feel like cutting up vegetables. Also, you don’t have to add any dressing with added fats since the flavor IS the salad.
I will definitely try to incorporate these into my diet once or twice a week. It think it made a very nice breakfast because of the sweetness. I highly recommend you try it as well. If you are worried about strong flavors, you may want to start with Fuhrman’s recommendation of baby spinach and romaine as they are milder tastes (and romaine is a surprising power horse), but it is worth experimenting with.