If you’re looking for a meal that is filling, nutritious and low in calories, you won’t find anything better than greens. Spinach, kale, collards, and different types of lettuce are among some of the most nutritious foods you can eat calorie wise. High in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, most greens have an astonishingly low calorie count — around 20 calories per cup. This is why salads are always labeled diet foods; you can eat a lot of it and not be hungry.
Of course, no one wants to eat a big bowl of raw greens without dressing, and most commercial dressings are high in fat and calories, but offer little in the way of nutrition. Not so with this goji berry vinaigrette. It’s easy to put together and made from ingredients that are good for you like heart healthy olive oil and of course goji berries, which are super high in antioxidants, as well as surprise – protein – to round out your big bowl of greens in a way that is flavorful and nutritious.
Navitas Naturals Organic Goji Berries are dried berries that are great for snacking, but also easy to use in recipes such as this salad dressing. Slightly sweet and a bit tart, it’s the perfect compliment to balance out bitter greens. You can mix and match your choice of toppings, using various nuts, or fruits and even add a bit of cheese (blue or goat would be nice), but for a simple and easy meal that will fill you up without weighing you down, this salad will do it. Leftover dressing can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week. Just shake up and you’re ready to go!
Baby Green Salad with Goji Berry Vinaigrette
6 cups mixed baby greens
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup organic goji berries, plus more for sprinkling
Put the apple cider vinegar and goji berries in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat until berries are plumped and soft, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a blender and add the honey. Blend until smooth and slowly drizzle in the oil. Blend until creamy.
To the baby greens with the blueberries, onions and drizzle with about 2 tablespoons of the vinaigrette. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds and more goji berries and serve immediately.