This colorful grab’n go salad is packed with beans, beets and greens, and it looks great when you pack it in a mason jar and bring it for lunch.
I like to do food prepping when we are busy, because that means we get healthy meals even though we don’t have much time to cook. You can easily prepare salads in mason jars and keep them in the fridge for up to 4 days.
How to layer your mason jar
For this salad you start with your favorite dressing (you can also have this in a separate glas), then cauliflower, beets, pomegranate, edamame beans and last your microgreens.
You want to add the leafy greens last so they don’t get soggy.
In this salad I don’t have grains, but it could have been rice, bulgur or couscous.
I like to have olive oil with my salads because it doesn’t take away the flavor of the vegetables.
Having a nutrient-dense salad for lunch gives you more energy for the rest of the day. You don’t get sleepy 30 minutes after you have eaten. This is because you provide good fuel to your brain and body.
Get more tips on a balanced diet in this blog post
Here is a little bit about the powerhouses in this salad.
Beets are a nutritious vegetable that are rich in vitaminC potassium, magnesium and folate.
You get a great amount of fibers to support your digestive system and antioxidants which help protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals.
Also, beets are a natural source of nitrates which can help increase the production of nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide can help improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.
Pomegranate seeds are packed with antioxidants, polyphenols and vitamin C, potassium and fibers.
These are all compounds which help support your cells, skin, bones and teeth.
They are also known to help recuse the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer.
These little powerhouses has become a must have ingredient at almost every meal.
Microgreens are up to 40x more potent in phytochemical than the mature plant. They taste amazing and brings great color to any dish like salads, sandwiches, soup or dinner dishes.
They have a high level of antioxidants and polyphenols, and they are very rich in potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium and copper. You also get a great source of vitamins, minerals and fibers.
Microgreens, are known to help you support your immune system, heart health and gut health, as well as lower your cholesterol.
For this salad you need
2 cups of riced cauliflower
2 oz of microgreens
2 cups of frozen edamame beans
1 small beet
1 cup pomegranate
Rice the cauliflower, grate the beets and cut the microgreens
Blanch the frozen edamame beans a couple minutes and let them drip off in a strainer.
Mix everything in a bowel, or pack your mason jars.
Last, mix in the pomegranate.