Everyone who has ever tried to adopt extreme health at one time or another has probably tried wheatgrass. After all, it’s a superfood and people swear by its power to heal anything that ails you. It’s the nutritional version of My Big Fat Greek Weddings, “Windex.”
Years ago, I heard about it, and jumped on the first bandwagon to Juice it Up. It wasn’t long before I was trying to get a refund for that ride. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I sure wasn’t expecting that!!
The scent was reminiscent of my childhood days, where the smell of fresh grass being cut, filled the spring air. Awww, I know, such a warm memory…Well, I’ll be the first to tell you that, that sweet memory quickly spiraled into a full-fledged nightmare. It tasted just like it smells, and superfood or not, that is NOT a good thing.
If you haven’t gotten it by now. I H-A-T-E the taste of wheatgrass. I think I got P.T.S.D that day at Juice it up. The bad thing is, that I’ve repeated that trip more than a few times. Oh, the things I will do to be healthy. Sometimes…I question my sanity.
Recently I made a purchase of a few Navitas Naturals Superfoods. In the bundle was a Wheatgrass powder. I tried it, thinking it wouldn’t taste like the juice.
I really don’t believe in the idea that you don’t like something. I always think that it’s in the preparation. To me, wheatgrass is sickening sweet, it needs something to contrast and complement its flavor. So one day while making a salad an idea popped in this ole head of mine.
I created a superfood salad dressing. I was shocked at how good it was, I mean, I almost slapped myself it was so good. Imagine that, me getting excited over something that contains wheatgrass. I was even more shocked that my kids were trying to eat my salad. Yes, yes, those same kids that were gonna dieeeeeeeee from anything vegan. Ok enough of me and my shenanigans! Here it is:
Spinach Salad with Superfood Vinaigrette
Vegan, Gluten free, Paleo
6 cups Fresh Organic Spinach
1 Avocado (Sliced)
1 Cucumber Sliced
1 cup of Brown Rice/Quinoa Blend
1/4 cup shredded Beets
1/4 cup Sliced Pepperoncino or Banana Peppers
Layer Spinach, Rice Blend, Cucumbers, Peppers, Beets, and Avocados as Pictured above.
1 tsp Wheat Grass Powder
1 tsp Maca Powder
1 tsp Goji Powder
½ tsp Camu Powder
½ tsp Flax seeds or oil
1 tsp hemp hearts
- ½ tsp Turmeric
- ½ Minced Ginger
- ½ tsp chopped Garlic or Onion Powder
- ½ tsp Pink Himalayan or Sea Salt
- opt* ½ Ground Chipotle
- Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
Oils & Vinegar
- ½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar or Coconut Vinegar
- ½ cup Olive oil or Grapeseed Oil
Add oils and Vinegar to mason jar or blender. Add all additional ingredients and shake or blend. For fullest flavor, refrigerate overnight and shake before serving.
**Feel free to add more of the flavors you enjoy. There is room to amp up the superfoods, garlic, and turmeric to your taste. You may add mustard or sweetener. For less tanginess- exchange 1/2 of vinegar mix for water or coconut water equal to 1/4 cup total.