Sunday, 16 March 2014

A Very Green Salad GF SCD

Green Salad with an Avocado Dressing

It's St Patrick's Day tomorrow and this is my contribution to the celebrations. Jam packed full of green veggies and served with an avocado and mint dressing, this salad is the ultimate green salad.

You may like to include other greens and vegetables such as kale, fennel, green pepper and thinly sliced brussels sprouts for example and maybe slice a kiwi fruit over the top, it's entirely up to you. The veggies I've included are our favourites - I would've included a green pepper but I don't like them!

Green Vegetables for the salad


Green Salad GF SCD

3 large handfuls of salad leaves (I used rocket, spinach and watercress)
12 sugar snaps sliced on the diagonal
15 grapes halved
4 spring onions thinly sliced
¼ - ½ cucumber diced
1 small courgette (zucchini) thinly sliced or spiralized
4 - 5 stalks of tender stem broccoli lightly steamed or raw
1 stick celery thinly sliced
3 - 4 tblsps raw peas
3 - 4 tblsps pistachios
3 - 4 tblsps pumpkin seeds
15 or more green olives


Mint Avocado Dressing

Avocado & Mint Dressing

1 small ripe avocado peeled and sliced
1 heaped tblsp (or more) chopped mint
¾ cup (180ml) plain yogurt (I used organic soy yogurt - not SCD)
1 large clove of garlic crushed
1 tblsp fresh lime juice
a pinch of salt
freshly ground black pepper

Make the dressing a couple of hours beforehand and place in the fridge to bring out the flavour of the mint. Place all the ingredients in a small processor and process until smooth. Alternatively, you could use a hand blender.

Green Salad with Mint, Avocado Dressing

To assemble the salad, place the leaves in the bottom of the bowl and build it up adding each ingredient and finishing with the olives, pumpkin seeds and pistachios.

A Very Green Salad

Serve with the chilled avocado and mint dressing.

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18 comments:

  1. Green make me happy'! This salad is such a feast, and the dressing sounds especially gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks Emma, the dressing is lovely and the colour fits in quite nicely with the theme!

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  2. I was just diagnosed with SIBO and am starting the SCD diet as part of the treatment. This salad looks amazing. What could I substitute for the soy yogurt...coconut yogurt?

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    1. Thank you Kim!

      The only SCD legal yogurt is the SCD yogurt itself but you could use homemade almond milk though the dressing would be runnier!

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  3. Beautiful green salad! Happy belated St. Patty's Day. :)

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    1. Thank you Molly, it's always lovely to see you over here!

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  4. What a gorgeous salad, Vicky!! I'd love to try some of that!

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    1. Thank you Megan, if I could parcel some up and send it chilled next day delivery, you could have some!

      Have a lovely week!

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  5. This looks so refreshing! Your dressing sounds scrumptious too! I definitely need to get more adventurous with our salad dressings as I tend to resort to hummus... adding a big dollop to the plate is a sure fire way to get Lil' L to eat salad leaves ;)

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    1. We also resort to hummus most days, Lil' L has taste! The dressing is very simple and you can add different herbs - it's really nice with basil on a tomato salad.

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  6. That is my kind of salad Vicky that is nutty very much green. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

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  7. The picture looked so yummy I just had to read this! This sounds so refreshing - something to take on a picnic.

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    1. Thank you Carol - yes a picnic would be a great idea - can't wait until the Summer!

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  8. What a gorgeous green salad, Vicky! I love all the wonderful fresh ingredients and the seeds and olives would make it extra delicious. The dressing sounds tasty too - I've been looking for ways to incorporate more avocado in my diet as it's so nutritious. Thank you for sharing with the Hearth and Soul Hop. I've pinned this post and will share on FB as well :-) x

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    1. Thank you April you are so kind! I'm so pleased you liked it!

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  9. Now that’s a proper healthy salad for St. Patrick’s Day, I love that you use kale, fennel, green pepper and shaved brussels sprouts together! Such a perfect green salad and the avocado-mint dressing looks very divine!

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    1. Thank you Rika, the dressing is gorgeous! I was eating it from the bowl with a spoon!

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