You will note from the nutrition facts that we have met our daily requirement of vitamin A and exceeded our vitamin C requirement by 300% from one serving of this simple, delicious salad. Of course, not measured are the potent antioxidant/phytochemicals as well as a host of other vits/mins in this dish (vitamin E, vitamin K, folate, magnesium, manganese, lutein).
I didn’t expect to feel the transition to spring in Northern California.
Well, not so much anyway.
Unlike the dramatic seasonal transformations that take place at home, and the huge relief and joy that accompanies them, I suspected the transitions in this part of the world might be more homogeneous. Boring even. But I was wrong. We are surrounded by a myriad of colors, blossoms and burgeoning new life. I feel a renewed sense of energy and enthusiasm and I know you will too. Spring may be late in coming in certain parts of the world (“I think we’re on to our next winter” is the best line I’ve come across by the way) but it’s on the way, that we know for sure.
And what I love most about this time of year is that everything is expanding, including our dietary options. Soon farmers’ markets will be abuzz with an array of deep pigmented produce each delivering a different vessel of potent nutrients and taste sensations.
Fruits and vegetables are not only replete with vitamins, minerals and fibre, they are also the number one source of health-protective antioxidants and powerful phytochemicals in our diet (plant compounds that also have disease fighting properties) all working together to help fortify our health and shield us from disease.
The key here is to take advantage of what’s in season (whether it’s from your farmers market or local grocer) and aim for variety to benefit from the broadest spectrum of nutrients possible.
Ninety percent of today’s featured salad comes from our local farmers’ market — especially beautiful in early spring is the lush rainbow chard, the bright green sugar snap peas, radiant radish, citrus (ongoing) and beets of all colors and descriptions. The berries are also from Cali but just a little further south ;-).
Don’t miss the swoon-worthy vinaigrette!
Cheers to a radiant Spring.
Northern California in bloom
beautiful market fresh rainbow chard
our farmers’ market is open year-round