By: Esther Vasa
I called this a super-healthy salad because of all the following benefits from the ingredients used. Why not make it and see for yourself how wonderfully well your body appreciates this combination?
Avocado is a fruit that comes packed with a mine of health benefits. Helps in fighting inflammation, rich in antioxidants, prevents or fights cancer by providing oxidative stress on cancer cells, good for eyes due to the presence of lutein, helps lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease through its high concentration of Omega 3 fatty acids, B6 and folic acid. If this is not sufficient, the buttery texture of the fruit and its taste are simply superb.
Asparagus is one of the recommended vegetables for re-myelination and detox. It is the topmost vegetable with vitamin K, an essential vitamin to help in bone repair. This is a must-eat for those who desire to prevent osteoporosis. Multiple Sclerosis fighters are prone to get osteoporosis as many of us use corticosteroids from time to time. Whether you use steroids or not, this vegetable has many useful and healthful nutrients that are needed by our bodies.
I recommend using 365 Organic Yellow Mustard for its anti-inflammatory properties from the ingredients used. I get it from Whole Foods. If you cannot get Yellow Mustard, you can make this at home by blending 1/4th cup of mustard seeds, 1/4th cup of apple cider vinegar, a tsp of turmeric, a big pinch of paprika or cayenne pepper, Himalayan salt to taste, 1/2 tsp of garlic powder, juice of one lime or lemon and some water if needed for blending. You can store this in a glass jar for up to a week or two.
Parsley is a blood purifier and helps your kidneys, bladder and fights edema. I love pure parsley and beet juice. Helps in the liver detox as well.
Rightly Ripe Avocado - 1
Asparagus Spears - 4
Chives - 1/2 cup (chopped)
Parsley Sprigs - 4
Sunflower seeds - 1 tbsp or more (I use about 2 tbsp)
365 Organic Yellow Mustard - 2 tbsp
- Use a rightly ripe avocado always. If not, let it sit on your counter for a day or two until it is ripe. You would know when an avocado is ripe by touching it; it feels softer and yet not mushy; tough enough so that when you chop it, you have nice bite sized bits that stay intact. You notice that the skin will easily peel off for such an avocado and also the seed is easily separable.
- Cut avocado into cubes and place it in a salad mixing bowl.
- Chop the asparagus spears into one inch pieces and put them into the salad bowl as well.
- Dice your chives and place them in the salad bowl also.
- Separate the leaves from the parsley stems and place in the bowl as well. You can use the stems in a smoothie or juice them.
- Mix the salad along with the yellow mustard.
- Top it off with sunflower seeds and enjoy right away.