Superfood Salad: Bring Your Trail Mix to the Dinner Table
This is our favourite superfood salad recipe, part of a series we are featuring all summer long. and stay tuned as we will bring more recipes to help you make the best of summer’s fresh bounty and organic health superfoods!
I am a trail mix fanatic. It’s almost to a point of obsession. I load it into little bags and containers and pack it in my car, hiking backpack, mountain bike pouch, purse and yoga bag. It also sits on a shelf on my desk, fueling my mind and body through the day.
That’s why I am not surprised that last night, when searching the cupbords for something to add to my bowl of leafy greens from the garden, I reached for the trail mix. I scooped out a handful, sprinkled it atop the greens, tossed it all with a little vinaigrette and called it dinner. I got a few strange looks from my boyfriend, who decided that the lack of food in the house meant it was time to order pizza, but after my first bite there was no doubt in my mind that I had come across a very good thing.
In hindsight it just seems logical. Why limit the use of such an awesome blend of highly nourishing foods, flavors and textures to its literal use? Why not bring trail mix to the dinner table? The crunch of nuts and seeds and the mild sweetness of dried fruits make a great addition to salads on their own so why not throw in the whole mix?
That being said, I am going to take a step back and caution you from using the type of trail mix that’s loaded with M&M’s, chocolate chips, and sweetened dried fruit. The point of bringing trail mix to the dinner table is to create a delicious, easy and great tasting meal, not to eat candy for dinner. Instead, look for a mix that’s packed with raw nuts and seeds, which will provide a good dose of heart-healthy oils, protein and other nutrients to the mix. Antioxidant-rich fruits like goji berries, mulberries, goldenberries or mango slices are also a nice change from the standard raisins.
Experiment with mixing your own or look for a high-quality mix like the Meridian Trail Mix , keeping in mind what sort of recipe you want to use it in. In salads a nice hardy green like kale goes well with creamier nuts like raw cashews and bold flavors like goldenberries. More tender baby greens work well with flavorful nuts like pistachios and mild fruits like mulberries and gojis.
Meridian Trail Mix adds an extra special treat to this particular salad because it includes raw coconut sugar coated cacao pieces. This hint of bittersweet cacao adds an exotic flavor and healthy indulgence to this ultra-nourishing mix. Use whatever fresh fruits are in season in your area and enjoy!
From the Trail to the Salad Bowl: Trail Mix Salad
▪ 4 cups fresh baby greens (young arugula and kale are a good addition to traditional greens mixes)
▪ 1 cup fresh blueberries
▪ 1 large peach, cut into ¼ inch cubes
▪ 1 cup Meridian Trail Mix
▪ 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
▪ 2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
▪ 1 tbsp raw honey
▪ 3 tbsp orange juice
▪ 3 tbsp olive oil
Combine the greens, blueberries, peach and trail mix in a large salad bowl. In a separate mixing bowl combine the mustard, cider vinegar, honey, orange juice and olive oil. Whisk until emulsified and season to taste with salt and pepper as desired. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to incorporate. Enjoy immediately!