How To Make Raw Food Salads

Raw food salads are always a hit for those pursuing the raw food diet. Not only are they fast and easy to make, but they are also tasty and filling. There really are no rules on how to make them, as just about anything goes, and everyone will have to experiment what they like best. Most people tend to favor fruit salads over leafy green salads, as well as over garden salads. This is mainly due to their sweetness, but leafy greens and garden salads can be just as tasty.

Fruit Salads

Fruit salads are a great pick-me-up in the afternoon due to their natural sugar content. They are also a hit when served as a dessert, even for those who are not raw foodists, as the fruit is naturally sweet.

To make a fruit salad, all one needs is a variety of different fruits such as grapes, mangoes, pineapple, peaches and pears. These foods, when combined in a salad will be naturally sweet. However, if extra sweetness is desired, one can drizzle over a natural sweetener such as honey, agave nectar or stevia. Spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves also add to the great flavor of fruit salads.

Garden and Leafy Green Salads

Garden salads are another easy salad to make. Just about anything that grows in the garden such as tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, radishes and leafy greens go well in a garden salad.

Leafy green salads might not always be the first item on the list for foods to eat. They are nonetheless, one of the healthiest salads to add into the diet. They offer up many essential nutrients such as calcium, amino acids and natural sodium that the body needs. However, due to the bitterness of many leafy greens, the salads might take some getting used to.

With raw food salads, one cannot use the commercial salad dressings that are available for garden and leafy green salads. Therefore, it is important to learn how to make homemade salad dressings from scratch using fresh fruits, oils, and herbs and spices. It may sound daunting, but really, making a salad dressing at home is quite simple, and can taste just as great, if not better than anything that can be purchased in a bottle.

A common way to make a salad dressing is to start off with the basics such as an oil, lemon juice and sea salt. Then from there, one can add other herbs such as dill, rosemary, thyme, garlic and many others. A mashed avocado and fruit juices such as pineapple, mango or apple juices can also serve as a base for the dressing, thus eliminating the need for the oil.

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