Sesame Spinach Salad

Sesame Spinach Salad

Well, it has been a pretty good start to the new year, I must say! Despite being bed-ridden for 7 days straight with the flu (which hasn’t happened to me in years!) after my trip to Europe, life is pretty darn good. I set a few new years resolutions for myself but kept them pretty light + easy this year. A few of them include:

 

  • becoming fit! I’ve made a few personal fitness goals to help me get back into a fitness regime after a year of being fitness-confused. I am starting off with light flow yoga in my house every day for 30 mins – so far, so good. Knowing me, my workouts will be changing on the weekly – I am totally mood and weather dependant.
  • being less messy – I am dedicating 30 mins each morning to clean our place, whether that be organising the kitchen, vacuuming or getting rid of clothes I don’t wear anymore.
  • eating more greens (no, you can’t have too many greens!) + focusing on “plant-based” foods versus mock vegan products in my everyday diet. This will mean more salads + green smoothies coming your way. Which brings me to my next point: salads are an awesome way to get extra greens in:

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Say goodbye to boring salad days! This Sesame Spinach Salad is the best addition to your weekly meal prep. It packs away great as a lunch, just make sure to pack the dressing separately. 

Why this salad is awesome:

  • it’s so easy to make. Almost too good to be true.
  • it’s packed with a little bit of everything: fruit, veg, healthy fat, protein. If you want to carb it up, I totally recommend adding a few cups of quinoa – delish!
  • it’s affordable and perfect for the whole family. Who doesn’t love a good salad?

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Sesame Spinach Salad
Serves 2
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 small box of organic spinach
  2. 4 mandarin oranges, peeled
  3. 1/2 cup of raw unsalted almonds, finely chopped
  4. 1/4 cup of sesame seeds
  5. 1/4 cup of olive oil
  6. 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  7. 1 tbsp. tamari or coconut aminos
  8. 1 tsp. sesame oil + more to taste (sesame oil is very strong)
  9. 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  10. 1 tbsp. raw honey or pure maple syrup
  11. 1 garlic clove, chopped
  12. 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  13. A shake of chilli flakes
  14. For a protein-rich salad, see notes
Instructions
  1. Assemble the spinach, mandarins, almonds and sesame seeds in a large bowl.
  2. For the dressing, add all ingredients to a blender and blend well. Alternatively, you can whisk with a fork or shake in a mason jar.
  3. Add about 1/2 of the dressing, to taste. Finish with salt and pepper.
Notes
  1. If you are taking this salad to-go for lunch, I recommend keeping the dressing separate and adding before you eat it. This keeps it fresh and tasty!
  2. To add protein to this salad, I recommend adding 1 cup of chickpeas and 3 cups of quinoa.
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