Gone are the days of iceberg lettuce topped with limp veggies and bottled, processed dressings. No wonder I didn’t really enjoy salads until recently…I thought that’s what they were all about! It’s amazing how incorporating fresh greens, roasted nuts or seeds, distinctive cheeses, fresh fruit, and homemade dressings can change everything. And I know I am late getting on this bandwagon, but I’ve recently discovered what a real gem dried fruit is as a salad topping as well. I wish I would’ve figured that one out much sooner!
So today I am taking the idea of a fresh, tasty salad a step further with one of our sponsors, NatureBox. Their company delivers attractively packaged whole food snacks to your door that include everything from nuts to seeds to dried fruit to trail mixes. Their offerings are more than enough to keep things interesting especially if you use their snacks to create a “make your own salad bar.” Who knows, maybe you could even pique the interest of your previously skeptical child? Seriously, who wouldn’t like to prepare their very own dish? Even if they end up with just 2 pieces of lettuce and loads of dried fruit, seeds, and cheese, don’t judge…everyone has to start somewhere. I can tell you my daughter was (not so patiently) waiting for me to finish these pictures just so she could dig in to all this deliciousness herself. Presentation can make all the difference even for a our little ones.
Even if you don’t have time to make such an elaborate display, there is a simple salad recipe below and still plenty to enjoy from NatureBox. Signing up for their service means you get a different box of wholesome, minimally processed snacks (at least 15 – 20 servings worth) delivered to your door step each month. You can either choose your own combination of snacks or be surprised (like a CSA box!). They sent us a box to try and so far our favorites have been the roasted garlic pumpkin seeds, dried pineapple, and currants (my daughter says “Like raisins, but different!”). We’ve toted these snacks on road trips, added them to school lunches and, as mentioned above, used them as salad toppers. Sometimes trying something new and different can just help you get out of a rut.
NatureBox is offering our readers $5 off their first box using this discount link. You can choose from the following packages (which all include the price of shipping and can be canceled at anytime):
- Deluxe Snacker – 5 bags: $19.95/month
- Family Snacker – 10 bags: $29.95/month
- Professional Snacker – 20 bags: $59.95/month
Now let’s get back to those delicious salad combos. Here’s one to try…
- 8 cups lettuce leaves like Bibb, mixed greens, and/or spinach
- ½ cup roasted pumpkin seeds (regular or garlic flavored)
- ½ cup currants (or raisins)
- ⅓ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Dressing options: 1 tablespoon olive oil mixed with 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar or homemade mustard vinaigrette
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Toss all ingredients together and serve.
Disclaimer: Not all NatureBox products follow our real food rules although the ones highlighted in this post are real food approved. As always, it’s advised to read ingredient labels before making any purchasing decisions!