May is National Salad Month—and on Monday natural foods chef and renowned reality TV star Bethenny Frankel shared a delicious rainbow salad recipe from her book Naturally Thin.
The healthy salad involves a mixture of baby spinach, grape tomatoes, bell peppers, baby corn, asparagus, red cabbage and palm cabbage. Sprinkle the combo with salt and pepper, fresh basil, and low-fat ranch dressing – and you have a deliciously healthy salad for National Salad Month!
Lettuce is the perfect (and delicious) way to celebrate National Salad Month. Lettuce is low in calories, nutrient dense and filled with folate, and vitamins A and K. Lettuce may come in a variety of colors and textures—but the darker the leaf, the better.
In honor of National Salad Month, the United States Department of Agriculture provided some helpful tips and tools for celebrating, well, salad. Everything from how to prepare a salad to the best practices with handling fresh produce in schools, to how to encourage kids to eat more fruits and veggies.
To get the best out of your salad, keep the following in mind:
- When buying lettuce, purchase lettuce heads that are firm and that haven’t begun to wilt.
- Incorporate more salads into your family dinners—after all, the price is right! Unpackaged lettuce rings in at about $1.95 per pound. One cup of lettuce is considered to be a serving of vegetables, so you can serve six individuals for about 33 cents a pop!
- Keep lettuce fresh by storing (unwashed) in the plastic wrap you purchased the lettuce in. Place in the coolest part of your fridge (the back) and eat within one week.
- To prepare lettuce, tear the leaves into the desired size and rinse with cold water. Use a paper towel to dry leaves (it’s more difficult for dressing to cling to wet leaves).
- If preparing lettuce alongside another dish (i.e. fish, meat or poultry) use separate cutting boards to avoid cross-contamination.
If you’re not a fan of traditional salads, try incorporating grilled lettuce as part of a salad or sandwich!
Sources for Today’s Article:
Bethenny Frankel Twitter. 12:36 p.m. – 9 May 2016. https://twitter.com/Bethenny/status/729757050914267136.
“National Salad Month,” United States Department of Agriculture web site; https://healthymeals.nal.usda.gov/features-month/may/national-salad-month, last accessed May 10, 2016.