We talked to the dudes upstairs and there’s no getting around it: part of being a grown-ass adult is eating food that is nourishing.
But it’s so easy to forget that nourishing food can be exciting and weird and novel and tasty. We, instead, turn to sad bowls of compulsory spring greens. Spite Lettuce. Unpleasant salads that we probably eat at our desks while typing things like “please advise” and “ping me asap.”
Obligatory salad eating doesn’t encourage you to make a happy relationship with food. It divorces you from your appetites. It turns eating into a chore and discourages you from cooking because making a pinterestly perfect portable portion is such a fucking funeral dirge. Or it just makes you stop trying altogether because shit can be so. Complicated.
Food that you can barely stand to chew–the stuff that you buy because you “should” but then let it spoil in the back of your crisper– does you no good.. While it might add a vitamin or two, no matter how much fucking kale you’ve crammed in it, it’s rotten for your mental health.
I’m not saying french fries and cake-shakes alone can sustain us. But I am saying it doesn’t have to be steamed broccoli and baked skinless chicken breasts for ever and ever ra-men. Vegetables can taste good. But only if you give them consideration they deserve.
This salad tastes good because it’s got variety and things that we actually love to eat. A little salty, cured pork. A lot of creamy avocado. Crisp peppers and crunchy almonds, with a juicy pop from sweet corn. The arugula is peppery, but the dressing and blueberries are just a little sweet. Its ingredients are thoughtfully considered and prepared with intention. And. It happens to be micronutrient-dense and macronutrient-balanced in a way that support a lot of folks’ health goals. It’s almost like you made it and acknowledged that you’re a person who deserves the time and effort and energy it takes to. You know. Be happy and treated with respect.
This salad will make you feel fed but it won’t make you feel shitty. It’s the way all salads could be if we stopped thinking of nutrition like a series shitty, judgy Unchangeable Rules that demand forsaking all carbs and fun in exchange for anti-inflammatory super alkaline clean omega green skinny power smoothies. When, really, all you need to do is:
- Eat food.
- Food that makes you feel good. Really good.
- Mentally, Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually good.
- Good on the long term without forsaking short-term pleasure.
Okay? Ok. Now let’s go be adults and eat a salad for the right reasons.
- 1 ripe Avocado
- 1 cup Blueberries
- 3 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
- 2-4 tbsp Water
- Salt, to taste
- Carefully slice your avocado, remove the pit, and scoop the flesh into your blender (or a jar, if you've got one of those stick doohickies like we do).
- Toss in the berries and balsamic. Whizz it up until it makes a thick paste. Add the water a few tbsp at a time until you have a dressing-y consistency. The amount you use will depend entirely on how juicy your berries are and how thick you like your dressing; we had juicy berries and like our dressing to be kind of ranch-esque, 2 tbsp was perfect.
- Season with salt and serve on. Well. Pretty much anything. Stays in the fridge for about a week-- yer nose knows.
- 6 cups Arugula
- 1 oz Proscuitto, thinly sliced
- 1 Red Bell Pepper
- ½ Avocado
- 1 cup Blueberries
- 1 cup Sweet Corn
- 2 tbsp slivered Almonds
- 4 tbsp Blueberry-Avocado Vinaigrette
- y'all know how to make a salad right? Make stuff small enough so you can get a little bit of everything on one fork. Dress it at the last minute. Serve it cold.
- You can crisp the prosciutto in the oven and you can quickly torch the sweet corn on a burner-- but it's entirely up to you. Both are safe "raw*," and we prefer them that way.
- (*proscuitto isn't raw, it's cured. If you're knocked up or immune compromised. whatever. don't be a dick with your health for a salad. probably cook it or skip it.)