Refreshing Summer Salad
A summer salad can be a cool and refreshing way to beat the heat, especially when it is both hearty and nutritious enough to make it a complete, healthy meal. We love to remake a simple green salad and dress it up with seasonal produce, veggies and whole grains to create a “super salad” — one that is nutrient-rich, colorful, and flavorful. Our Baby Green Sorghum Salad with Strawberries and Artichoke Hearts is so summery fresh and filled with only wholesome, plant-based and gluten-free ingredients. We start with a mix of baby super greens because they are packed with minerals, vitamins, and protective compounds, and then mix in veggies, fruit, whole grain sorghum, and protein-rich hemp hearts. What makes this dish special is how the artichoke hearts and hearts of palm transform a simple summer salad into an exotic and tropical meal that is teeming with an abundance health benefits. Our salad has a wonderfully unique combination of colors, flavors, and textures in every delicious bite: chewy sorghum, sweet strawberry, crunchy hemp hearts, firm artichoke hearts, and delicate hearts of palm. It is light and airy with just the right touch of tangy vinaigrette — a perfectly fortifying salad to fuel you and cool you on a hot summer day.
Nutrient Booster: Strawberries
Strawberries are one of the most popular and nutritious fruits available. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese and also contain ample amounts of folate and potassium. In fact, one serving of 8 strawberries contains 110% of your daily value of vitamin C. Strawberries are loaded with antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds which may reduce the risk of many chronic diseases. These powerful antioxidants may work against free radicals, and thus improve heart health, lower blood sugar levels, and help prevent cancer. Strawberries can add a burst of sweetness to a healthful diet. For an extra boost of nutrition, add sliced strawberries to Greek yogurt, blend them into a smoothie, top them over your oatmeal, or mix them in your salad. For more information, visit the California Strawberries website.
Our Baby Green Sorghum Salad with Strawberries and Artichoke Hearts is the perfect warm-weather option for outdoor entertaining. A no-spoil staple for the buffet table, this salad pairs well with almost anything, especially anything grilled. And when it comes to summer grilling, we have some of the best barbecue recipes. The next time you’re planning your menu, why not include our Simple Black Bean Burgers, our Blended Portobello Hamburgers, our Grilled Chicken Satay, or our Tandoori Chicken Thighs. Whether you serve this salad as a side or add a protein on top, these BBQ ideas are the perfect pairs to make your cookout the best party on the block!
Baby Green Salad with Strawberries and Artichoke Hearts
Lemon Balsamic Dressing:
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon sorghum syrup, honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 ½ cups whole grain sorghum, cooked
- 3 cups baby super greens
- 1 cup strawberries, halved
- 1 cup hearts of palm, sliced
- 3 ounces marinated artichoke hearts
- 3 tablespoons hemp hearts
In a small bowl or mason jar, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, sorghum syrup, garlic and water. Whisk together or shake mason jar until dressing is emulsified, and set aside.
Cook sorghum according to package directions and cool to room temperature.
In a large bowl, mix together cooked sorghum, baby super greens, strawberries, hearts of palm, and marinated artichoke hearts. Sprinkle with hemp hearts. Divide salad onto two plates, and pour 1 1/2 tablespoons dressing over each portion of salad. Serve immediately.
Serving size: 1 serving, Calories: 345 calories, Fat: 20 grams, Saturated fat: 3 grams, Carbohydrates: 30 grams, Sugar: 5.5 grams, Sodium: 275 milligrams, Fiber: 7 grams, Protein: 9 grams, Cholesterol: 0.5 milligrams