An Ode To Salad

spinach chicken pomegranate salad

You know how this is going to go. There will be water. There will be the most brilliant colors. There will be crunches and snaps. All contained in one bowl, on one plate, and in one menu selection. The salad. Once the ubiquitous starter to every meal. Now a veritable palate of opportunities to engage with fresh food during every course of the meal. A salad can be plain, as in said starter, composed of vibrant green lettuce, sweating cucumber slices, and a ruby red tomato tossed in here and there. A salad can be complex; an entree bursting with the purple of radishes, the orange of carrots, the yellow of a pepper. There is no limit to the number of ingredients in a salad. A salad with steak is carnivorous. A salad with beans is not. You can eat a salad filled with sweet and luscious fruits for breakfast. You can mix in yogurt or cream to create a dessert. You can even eat a “garbage” salad consisting of all the leftovers in your fridge. A salad is perhaps the most flexible food assembly available on the planet.

And there’s more to a salad than the pleasing colors and fresh taste. A salad arrives holding your health in each and every bite. A salad can deliver a full spectrum of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in every serving; Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, calcium, zinc, and selenium, to name a few. The same salad can adapt to satiate your hunger for more of one healthy category than another, as directed by your cravings. A salad can also act as Mother Nature’s messenger, delivering nutrients appropriate to the changing seasons: more Vitamin C in the winter and Vitamin A in the summer. A salads health can morph and change to meet the evolving demands of our bodies each and every day: perhaps more folate for the pregnant women among us. A salad delivers more health in one bite than any other item on the menu.

A salad is, quite possibly, natures perfect food.