Sweet potatoes were my first vegetable noodle to make with a spiralizer. I made them and created this Italian casserole dish. The casserole features layers of sweet potato noodles, Italian seasoned ground turkey and fresh mozzarella cheese. It’s a winning combo of flavors. It’s healthy and easy to make!
This Strawberry Ricotta Salad combines spinach, fresh fruit, pecans & ricotta cheese with homemade lemon vinaigrette for the perfect summer salad recipe!
This salad is the first of 3 new low-sodium recipes I’ll be adding to the blog in the next 24 hours!
Why the surge of new low sodium dishes you ask? Because I’ve been asked to host a low sodium cooking segment on San Diego 6 News tomorrow morning!
This will be my first live cooking segment and I could not be more excited! If you’re in San Diego, tune in at 8:20 AM. If you’re elsewhere in the world, look for a link to the video on my Facebook page tomorrow afternoon!
You can also follow me on Instagram and Twitter for live updates leading up to the segment tomorrow morning!
Now on to this delicious salad recipe!
In addition to being low sodium, the news station asked that the dishes I prepare be easy to make, consist of only a few ingredients and require no cooking.
My mind immediately went to a fresh, summer salad!
Most of the sodium in a salad comes from the cheese and the salad dressing. The first step in creating a salad low in sodium is making your own salad dressing.
The dressing I created for this recipe contains only 5 mg of sodium per cup. Compare that to a light Italian dressing purchased in the bottle which is 380 mg for 2 tablespoons and you’re saving some serious sodium intake!
Ricotta cheese, as well as mozzarella cheese are the lowest in sodium of all cheeses, so I sprinkled that on top to give the salad a little creaminess.
The entire salad contains only 140 mg of sodium, making it a delicious low sodium choice for a scrumptious lunch or fantastic side dish at summer BBQ’s!
Strawberry Ricotta Salad Ingredients
2 cups spinach
1/4 cup strawberries (stems removed and sliced)
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup pecans
1/4 cup ricotta cheese (crumbled)
Lemon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Ingredients
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 lemon (zested and juiced)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
Whisk the balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, zest, and black pepper together. Add the olive oil while whisking well to combine.
Add the spinach to a large bowl, then add the strawberries, blueberries and pecans. Top with the crumbled ricotta cheese.
Serve with 1/4 cup of the salad dressing and reserve the rest. This salad dressing will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Steamed Beets are oven roasted in olive oil & balsamic vinegar then topped with creamy feta cheese in this easy 20 minute Caramelized Beet and Feta Cheese Salad Recipe.
Today’s lunch was inspired by what was in my refrigerator… beets!
I usually make a caramelized beet and goat cheese salad that involves arugula and avocado… but I didn’t have goat cheese, arugula or avocado so what else did I have in there? Well I had feta, that could replace the goat cheese, I had onions and tomatoes so there I go!
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil then place the beets on top.
Sprinkle the chopped onions over the beets then drizzle with olive oil and balsamic. Top with salt and pepper.
Place in the oven for 6 minutes, toss, then cook for an additional 6 minutes.
Remove from the oven and place the beets on a plate. Pour the sauce from the foil onto the beets then top with the chopped tomatoes and feta cheese.
The result was D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S and healthy! Don’t even get me started on my purple food obsession, but beets pack tons of antioxidants, as well as betanin pigments which have been shown to lessen tumor cell growth, I’m sold!