Health Salad Deluxe

By Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., C.B.T.

Spinach is a nutrition superstar that’s loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals, and makes a great lettuce alternative in this vibrant salad. Adding tomatoes brings lycopene, a powerful antioxidant carotenoid, to the table, and walnuts and avocado are both fantastic sources of heart-healthy fats. Try to use organic ingredients as much as possible. Serves 4.

*Choose organic produce whenever possible*6 to 8 heaping cups fresh baby spinach 

  • 1 to 2 avocados, sliced into ½-inch cubes 
  • ¾ cup walnuts
  • 1 basket of cherry tomatoes, washed and halved
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup of crumbled feta cheese


  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • Steamed asparagus spears, ends removed, sliced into 1-inch rounds
  • Chopped raw broccoli florets


  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ tsp salt, Celtic or sea
  • Dash of black pepper

Make the dressing: In a mason jar, combine all ingredients and shake vigorously. Mix together all salad ingredients in a large bowl. When ready to serve, drizzle enough dressing over salad to lightly and evenly coat, and toss well. Store extra dressing in refrigerator up to 5 days.

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