This nutri-dense salad is bursting with flavors with the mild, licorice-like sweet flavor of the fennel, the crisp peppery celery, mildly bitter arugula, the heat of the chili peppers and citrusy lemon mint dressing topped with crushed hazelnuts- makes this salad so fragrant and delicious.
The star of this dish is the Fennel, Both the flavorful, crunchy bulb and aromatic seeds of the fennel plant are highly nutritious with vitamin C, calcium, fiber magnesium, potassium, and manganese, rich in powerful antioxidants – all this is essential for good health. Adding fennel to your diet may improve heart health, reduce inflammation, suppress appetite and even provide anticancer effects.
Another interesting ingredient is the Red Spinach which I used for the first time!
They say the brighter your food color is, the better it is for your health. Red spinach tops the charts when it comes to offering health benefits. It is full of iron to prevent anaemic conditions. Loaded with Vitamin C and other natural anti-oxidants, it can strengthen your immune system, promotes digestion, low in calories and is high in Potassium. Along with your common leafy greens, adding red spinach can help in protecting your body against a number of diseases.
This salad will keep in the fridge for a few days – a great healthy snack or lunch to have on hand with a side of protein like grilled tuna steak or chicken.
- 1 cup bulgur cooked
- 3 fennel bulbs chopped
- 4 celery sticks chopped
- 4 green chili peppers chopped
- Handful of red spinach leaves chopped
- Handful of Arugula leaves (jir jir) chopped
- Juice of one lemon (add more if you like it’s great with this recipe)
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Sprinkle of Himalayan salt
- Sprinkle of crushed black pepper
- Crushed dried mint as per liking
- 1 tbsp inca inchi oil from Changing Habits or olive oil
Inca Inchi Oil is derived from a plant native to the Peruvian Amazon region. This versatile oil provides Omega 3 (ALA), 6 and 9 and is ideal as a salad dressing, in smoothies or taken on its own as a food supplement.
- Grilled tuna steak or chicken
- Crushed hazelnuts (optional)
References for further reading:
- 15 Research-Based Red Spinach Benefits For Skin, Hair & Health (2020) https://stylesatlife.com/articles/red-spinach-benefits/
- 10 Science-Based Benefits of Fennel and Fennel Seeds https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/fennel-and-fennel-seed-benefits
- Inca Inchi Oil https://changinghabits.com.au/product/inca-inchi-oil-250ml/