Introduction: Popeye's Revenge - Raw Spinach Salad
You may have enjoyed one too many cookies and far too many cocktails over the holiday season. It's time to flush some of that junk from your system.
This salad is loaded with SUPERFOODS.... Ohhhhh, SUPERFOODS!
Step 1: The Goods
1/2 lb spinach
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
salt and pepper
Step 2: Spinach
Add the spinach to your food processor. If it doesn't all fit, don't worry, you can add the rest after you start pulsing the food processor.
You may be concerned about oxalic acid in raw spinach. I am not :).
Spinach has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants, especially when fresh, steamed, or quickly boiled. It is a rich source of vitamin A (and especially high in lutein), vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids. Recently, opioid peptides called rubiscolins have also been found in spinach. - Wikipedia
Step 3: Lemon and Garlic
Crush and peel the garlic cloves. Add to the food processor.
Cut the lemon in half. Squeeze the juice into the food processor.
Like many of the fruits and vegetables featured on our website, lemons and limes contain unique flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. - www.whfoods.com
You can increase the health benefits you receive from garlic by letting it sit after you've chopped it or crushed it. If you give your chopped/crushed garlic time to sit before changing its temperature (through cooking) or its pH (through the addition of acidic food like lemon juice). - www.whfoods.com
Step 4: Olive Oil
Add the olive oil.
Step 5: Spice
Add the spices and hot sauce.
Spicy foods have many health benefits. Don't be shy with the hot sauce. It may rev-up your metabolism, lower bad cholesterol and help prevent cancer.
Step 6: Pulse
Pulse the food processor. You may need to remove the top a couple times and reorganize the spinach to make sure it all gets chopped. If you couldn't fit all of the spinach in earlier, add it now. Taste it, add more spices if needed.
Step 7: I'm Strong to the Finish...
'cause I eats me spinach.
This salad is good alone, but can be used as a condiment, as an addition to another salad, etc. Use your imagination.