It’s early Fall and this girl is simply doing a little California Dreaming! So, I might not be walking on the beach, the sunbeams aren’t quite as bright, the air isn’t filled with the smell of eucalyptus and my skin isn’t glistening with warmth . . . but just let a girl imagine. Maybe try some imagination too. If I quiet myself enough, if I close my eyes just a bit longer . . . yes, I might just get there. Even if only in my dreams . . . it’s my California Dreaming. And I like it there!
Today was just a typical early Fall day. Somewhere in this day some grocery shopping needed to be done. Walking through my market, I was inspired by the fresh produce. My basket started to be filled up with Fresh Figs, Avocados, Blackberries, a bag of Pistachios and a bunch of Arugula . . . and My California Dreaming Fall Salad was born!
My California Dreaming Fall Salad
a simple semblance of these fresh ingredients tossed with your favorite vinaigrette . . . it might just cause you to dream too!
a bunch of arugula, washed & spun dry
a fresh fig per person, sliced
a handful of blackberries, rinsed and patted dry
thick slices from a ripe avocado
as many pistachios as you can de-shell
vinaigrette . . . I served my salad with a Maple Syrup Balsamic Dressing.
It was a gorgeous salad . . . a California Dream Come True! And not only did it taste delicious . . . it was packed with nutrition. Check it out . . .
Arugula . . . a low calorie vegetable loaded with health benefits. A rich source of phytochemicals, a very good source of folates, an excellent source of vitamin A and K, rich in B-complex group of vitamins, good source of vitamin C and contains adequate levels of minerals, especially copper and iron with small amounts of electrolytes.
Fresh Figs . . . are abundant in natural sugars, minerals and soluble fiber. They are rich in minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper and are a good source of antioxidant vitamin A and K.
Blackberries . . . contain anthocyanins which give them their glossy, dark color and it is a powerful phytonutrient. It has been shown to protect the brain from oxidative stress and thought to reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Blackberries are also thought to help fight against cancers of the GI tract.
Avocados . . . are a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamins C, K, folate and B6.
Pistachios . . . are an important source of protein, fats and minerals. They are a rich source of phyto-chemical substances, an excellent source of vitamin E, packed with important B-complex groups of vitamins, contain an abundance of minerals like copper, manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium.
So are you dreaming yet?
You can also add some smoked chicken to make a more heartier meal . . . or some tofu or some fresh goat cheese. Lots of opinions so start dreaming up a salad that is uniquely yours!
To going somewhere in my dreams . . . with one plate of My California Dreaming Fall Salad at a time! Hugs, M.