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Superfoods! These things are being pimped out everywhere I go lately. I’ve been frequenting a certain home furnishings discount chain, just to see what I can pick up for our new place and you know something? They have a superfoods section in their little food aisle with the fancy oils, vinegars, salts and preserves. On any given trip there’s mulberries, sprouted quinoa, goji berries, chia + hemp seeds and on and on. A local grocery store has a shelf above the low-boy refrigeration display with bee pollen, spirulina, extra virgin coconut oil, flax powder, sea buckthorn juice, and E3 Live; all right next to the jello puddings and cream cheese. Even our Costco store has a big selection of organic, very nutrient dense pantry and fresh foods now. Kind of amazing when you stop to think about it.

We went on a short little getaway to the Finger Lakes-ish area of New York State this past weekend. It was beautiful in plenty of outright ways: the density of trees, the quaintness of the restoration, the views from up high, the sunshine that wasn’t too balmy and all of that. There were some unexpected bits of wonder too. We traipsed all through a deserted downtown core with beautiful old buildings on a Sunday night. We walked and walked, meandered through a kind of sketchy bit with a quick pace, saw this huge waterfall, the river, a grassy valley where there had been dwellers, a cozy bar in total darkness lit up by orbs of deep red. The air was heavy with a certain kind of energy that I can hardly describe.

There are so many new things coming up for us and all of the usual big ideas. Dining room configurations, a minimalist bedroom that still feels cozy, how we’ll make a dishwasher part of our new kitchen, all of the things we’ll have to give up, all of the things we stand to gain, everything that will become possible in that new light and space. I’m on pins and needles for it, but when my friend asked me how moving preparations were going, my answer followed a “They aren’t.” kinda vibe. I’m thrilled and bursting with pointed intentions, but the crazy can wait. This is a warm, glow-y pocket of time that I want to savour a bit.

So there’s been some purchase-less trips to Ikea (not counting the cinnamon bun that I wolfed down and got all over my face while we examined cabinet options in the showroom–Mark just looked at me and laughed), some antique store hops (fuelling my enamelware love) and a visit to my new favourite place: a clearance/auction house out in the sticks. We got the comfy/rustic chair of our dreams there last week (currently wrapped in a mattress bag in Mark’s garage wooo-ey). Soon it’ll be coming together in ways we would never expect.

In the meantime, there’s the everyday surprises. Before we started on the drive back home on Monday, we hit a local grocery store that had this whole juice bar thing set up. Amazing! And there was a tea counter where I got a delicious matcha latte made with coconut milk. So surprising and wonderful. I overheard an employee talking to a customer about the virtues of chia seeds. There were umpteen-million types of kale and apples available for purchase. I was flitting around without direction, just so excited by the availability of honest and good food! The approach and overall environment was so inspiring. I had this vague concept of an everyday superfood kind of salad formulating. Just a bunch of very nutritious, but still very accessible, foods together with some extra flavour and texture elements thrown in. Massaged kale and broccoli makes up the base with a bunch of other vibrant vegetables that we’ve been digging up. There’s a coriander-spiced + omega-pumped seedy mix on top, blueberry ginger vinaigrette, tons of lime, puffed quinoa, avocado and Himalayan salt.

So yeah, lots of things on the unfold. I’ll be here waiting and planning, belly full of salad duh :)

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the everyday superfood salad recipe
serves: 4-6
notes: I throw some ground coriander in with the seeds, but any spice you’re into would be great. This salad can definitely hang for a few hours if you keep the blueberry dressing off until you’re ready to serve. And a note on the blueberry dressing: the flavour isn’t like a liquified pie filling with ginger. There’s a fresh and tart quality to it. If you want more a more pronounced blueberry-ness, I would suggest cooking the berries down in a saucepan with the maple syrup for a bit before you blend up the dressing.

salad ingredients:
1 bunch of kale, leaves chopped kinda small
1 broccoli branch/segment, florets finely chopped
juice of 1 lime
salt and pepper (I used Himalayan pink salt–any old salt is fine)
1 small beet (red or golden or striped), thinly sliced
1 carrot, thinly sliced
1 ripe avocado, peeled + sliced
1-2 sprigs of basil, chopped
handful of blueberries

blueberry ginger dressing ingredients:
heaped 1/4 cup blueberries
1/2 inch piece of ginger, peeled + chopped
2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup
big splash of water
salt + pepper
1/4 cup oil (grapeseed or extra virgin olive oil)

omega seed sprinkle ingredients:
handful sunflower seeds
handful pumpkin seeds
1-2 tbsp flax seeds
1-2 tbsp chia seeds
1-2 tbsp hemp seeds
handful of puffed quinoa (or puffed millet, brown rice etc)
pinch of ground coriander
pinch of salt

In a large bowl, massage the kale and chopped broccoli with the lime juice, salt and pepper. Keep massaging until the leaves seem a bit more tender. Taste a leaf for seasoning, adjust and set aside. Chop and prep all of the other salad ingredients and set aside.

Make the dressing: combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until you have a creamy and unified mixture. Check for seasoning and sweetness, adjust and set aside.

In a medium sauté pan, combine all of the omega seed sprinkle ingredients over medium heat. Stir them around here and there until they smell toasty and the coriander is a bit more prominent. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.

Arrange the massaged kale and broccoli on your serving plate. Top the greens with the beets, carrots, avocado, chopped basil, and blueberries. Season the whole thing with salt and pepper again. Stir up the dressing (it should have thickened a bit) and drizzle it all over the top and garnish the salad with the omega seed sprinkle. Serve it up!

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dia12/09/2013 - 6:27 am

pura meraviglia…

Harriet12/09/2013 - 6:59 am

Those moments where you find a new store or place to eat that you connect with are so awesome! I know exactly what you mean about running about excited by all those possibilities! And this salad looks so delicious – the dressing especially. Your creativity is always so inspiring to me.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar12/09/2013 - 7:48 am

There is so much goodness in this salad! LOVE!

Ali @ Inspiralized12/09/2013 - 9:04 am

AH! I love this post…. superfood salads never get old, especially with your photography! Great post, thanks for sharing.

Emma Galloway12/09/2013 - 9:24 am

That dressing has me super intrigued! Yumo.

annie12/09/2013 - 10:21 am

What a beautiful salad! Can’t wait to try it, especially the dressing. Thanks for sharing!

Ashley12/09/2013 - 12:26 pm

I think this is the most beautiful salad I’ve EVER seen! No…I know it is! Also, I can completely relate to everything you said in this post. :) Let me know if you have any questions about Ikea kitchens! I assembled one completely by myself..no lie, haha. Good luck and keep savoring!

Eileen12/09/2013 - 2:01 pm

This salad sounds so amazing & packed with everything good! I definitely need to give it a try before the blueberries are nowhere to be found for winter. :)

YP12/09/2013 - 2:36 pm

LOVE this recipe!
I am always lookinf for new ways to chomp up my kale, without feeling like a garden rabbit. The flavors in this must be amazing, cant wait to try.

Kulsum12/09/2013 - 4:00 pm

I have eaten my share of super foods, some pretty darn good and some puke inducing but this by far is prettiest and I have ever seen. and sure it tastes great.

Jennifer12/09/2013 - 4:24 pm

This looks so delicious! I already added the ingredients to my shopping list for tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!

Medha12/09/2013 - 4:25 pm

Wow, what a bright and vibrant salad! Gorgeous pictures too. It will be on my salads to try list to sure!

Lindsey12/09/2013 - 5:29 pm

I just got my hands on some puffed quinoa! It is quickly altering and enhancing my everyday meals. Definitely love the idea of cramming as much superfoods in one bowl, especially with the crunchies on top. By the way, I am totally sweating that patterned red runner, it’s a beauty.

Kathryn13/09/2013 - 7:11 am

I love this stage of moving when you can have endless conversations about curtains or coffee tables. It never gets old does it? Also loving the every day goodness of this salad especially with that crunchy sprinkle on top.

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Jill13/09/2013 - 9:37 am

I know this is a little off topic, but I LOVE your table cloth or table runner…whichever it is. Where’d you get it? It’s beautiful!

Laura Wright13/09/2013 - 9:53 am

Hey Jill! I picked it up at a Home Sense store (kinda like TJ Maxx-ish if you aren’t Canadian/from the UK). I think the producer of it was Colin & Justin :)

Lana Pribic13/09/2013 - 9:08 pm

when i was a kid, the only reason to go to ikea was the cinnamon buns…… not much has changed, not much has changed at all.

kate14/09/2013 - 11:45 am

So glad I found your blog. It’s incredible! Can’t wait to try your recipes.

K

dishing up the dirt16/09/2013 - 11:53 am

The dressing sounds fantastic! We have a 2 acre farm and right now it is overflowing with beets, carrots and kale. This salad is definitely happening for lunch today!

hungryandfrozen17/09/2013 - 2:40 pm

Funnily enough I’d just made myself a kind of blueberry salsa thing and while it tasted incredible, I just couldn’t work out what to do with it. Duh, Laura, put it in a salad! (PS my name is also Laura, was referring to myself there, not you, in case that sounded rude!)

It’s nice that some previously only-dreamed-of ingredients are becoming more accessible, huh? Considering I only ate candy and coffee and beer yesterday, just looking at this has given me the inspiration I need to remember that I actually do like vegetables…

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anna @ annamayeveryday20/09/2013 - 7:16 am

This salad is what I want to eat everyday for my lunch.

aJ o^~^o23/09/2013 - 3:40 am

So, you’re my new fave page to visit DAILY~ it’s so refreshing & healthy. Just looking at your pics and not even reading yet uplifts my spirit =) Thank you very much.

kendall23/09/2013 - 10:02 pm

Wow! This dressing is amazing! I used honey instead of maple syrup.

Jett28/09/2013 - 4:53 am

Made this last night, absolutely delicious!

Courtney01/10/2013 - 10:29 am

This looks and sounds delicious! Do you cook the beet and carrot at all, or are they raw?

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Laura Wright01/10/2013 - 12:31 pm

Hi Courtney, I slice the beets and carrots super thin and leave them raw.
-L

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SouthernSpoonBelle03/10/2013 - 5:43 pm

Beautiful recipe, love it. We’ve just moved too, though downsized rather than expanding– still exciting filling a new place (and kitchen) with new possibilities. Good luck!

boujlal08/10/2013 - 9:29 am

Whoa!!! That’s a recipe I can celebrate with! I have all the ingredients in my pantry. Making it today!

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Hasti Ghaznavi07/01/2014 - 3:33 am

This was an AMAZING salad! Thank you so much for sharing it! My husband and I both loved it!!!

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