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Seasonal Salad with Fresh Berries

As the seasons change, I adjust the foods I eat according to what is abundantly available at that specific time of year.

This way of eating supports my health and immunity by feeding my microbiome a more diverse selection of foods rather than the same food over and over again, season after season.

You can read more about feeding your microbiome to support health and immunity here: Feed Your Microbiome with Seasonal Eating.

A great way to easily do this is by adding local berries into your diet.

I live in the Northeastern United States. You can often find me picking berries in my local parks during the spring, summer, and fall: mulberries, black raspberries, red raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries.

Most of the berries don’t make it home with me because they are so darn fresh and delicious and tough to resist.

But, the ones that do make it back to the house get tossed into my morning oats or a refreshing summer salad, like this one.

Enjoy all the seasons easily and deliciously!


Seasonal Salad with Fresh Berries
 
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Recipe type: Food is Medicine
Cuisine: Seasonal Salad
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 4 cups local greens
  • 1 cup summer berries
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. local honey
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ cup toasted sunflower seeds
Instructions
  1. Wash and spin dry your greens in a salad spinner
  2. Place the greens into a large salad bowl.
  3. Whisk the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, honey, and sea salt
  4. Combine the dressing with the greens
  5. Drop fresh berries into the salad bowl
  6. Garnish with toasted/salted sunflower seeds