Spicy Spirulina Salad

Watercress, arugula, broccoli, and goji berries come together in this fresh superfood salad. Arugula and watercress and are two powerful greens; both are rich in sulfur and silicon, which aid in rejuvenating the skin, hair, nails, joints, and connective tissue. This salad is truly a delight to brighten your spring day and leave you glowing with goodness!

Spirulina, the almighty single-celled, blue-green freshwater algae, is best known for its high quality complete protein and intense mineral content.  By dry matter weight, spirulina can be up to 71% protein, making it the most protein-packed food known to man. (In contrast, the best quality beef is around 26% protein.)  Spirulina is also a pure, raw protein source that has a high bioavailability, meaning it can be recognized and absorbed easily. It contains a massive dose of chlorophyll, enzymes, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, polysaccharides, and antioxidants.  Spirulina is so nutrient rich, it is said that humans can actually live off of it for some time. To put the nutrient content into perspective, 3 grams can contain more antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients than 5 servings of vegetables – wow, one super cell!

Goji berries are a supreme tonic adaptogenic herb, meaning it supports the body as it heals itself by balancing any areas that need adjusting. Goji berries are the most nutritionally rich berry on the planet; they also taste delicious and work well with all body forms, blood types, and metabolisms. Goji berries also…

  • are a complete protein (RARE for a fruit!)
  • contain over 21 trace minerals including iron (11mg per 100g/1 handful)
  • are the ONLY food to stimulate the body to produce more HGH (human growth hormone)
  • boost immune function
  • are alkalizing
  • provide liver support and detoxification
  • are anti-aging
  • are blood builders
  • improve eyesight

Spicy Spirulina Salad Recipe

PREP TIME: 15 min • COOK TIME: 5 min • TOTAL TIME: 20 min

Recipe type: Lunch | Salad • Yield: Serves 2-3

INGREDIENTS

1 bunch watercress or leafy greens of choice

1 bunch arugula/rocket

1 head broccoli

1 handful broccoli sprouts (optional)

1T sesame seeds (or seed of choice)

Spicy Spirulina Dressing (yield: 1 cup)

4T extra virgin olive oil

1 whole lemon (skin removed)

¼ cup veggie stalk (or water)

1T raw honey (or sweetener of choice)

1 medium clove garlic

½ t fresh ginger juice (or ½ t fresh ginger)

1 pinch cayenne

½ t dijon mustard

½ t fresh rosemary (¼ t dried)

1t spirulina (or more to taste)

sea salt & pepper to taste

2T goji berries (added after to soak)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to boil for steaming broccoli.
  2. Wash, dry, and chop broccoli, parsley and watercress (or leafy green of choice).
  3. Add bite sized chopped broccoli to steamer above boiling water for 3-5 minutes, or until broccoli is a bright green.
  4. For the dressing, blend all remaining ingredients (minus the goji berries!) together until creamy.
  5. Hydrate the dried goji berries by adding them to the salad dressing. This step allows the dried berries to soak up flavour and become plump again. Soak for at least 5 minutes. The longer, the better!
  6. Remove broccoli from steamer and allow to cool.
  7. Toss all ingredients together in bowl, then add dressing.
  8. Complete the salad with a handful of sprouts and sesame seeds.
  9. Enjoy!