Ready to switch up your salad Beauties? My Rainbow Chard Salad Recipe will give all those others a run for their money. Just look at the colors in this bowl! It’s so vibrant it brings your senses alive. And just imagine all the jam-packed nutrients that are in every bite.
Filled with the light, peppering taste from the chard and the crunch from the mixed array of veggies (red and yellow peppers, cucumbers, carrots, red cabbage…and on and on), you can see why adding this recipe to your mix is a great move to boost your overall health and true beauty.
Let’s get to it, shall we…
Beauty Greens: Rainbow Chard
Well first things first…have you ever wondered what the difference is between Rainbow chard and Swiss chard? You will be happy to know that Swiss chard and Rainbow chard have an identical taste, are similar in nutrition, and are grown in the same way.
The only real difference between Swiss chard and Rainbow chard is their beautiful color that will brighten up any plate- it will be hard for anyone to turn down this beauty salad! In addition…
Rainbow chard is an excellent source of:
- Vitamins A, C, and K
- Other essential vitamins and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, and copper
- A good source of magnesium, potassium, and iron
- Provides many forms of polyphenol, betalain and carotenoid antioxidants (powerful at fighting free radical damage and inflammation)
- Helps the blood sugar-regulating system within the body, aiding in the slow release of glucose (sugar) into the blood stream
Want strong, supple, shiny, healthy hair? Swiss chard is loaded with biotin (an organic compound that creates a direct connection to healthy hair).
Including biotin-rich foods (like chard), which are in a complete nutritional package, is necessary in order to stimulate follicles and increase texture and luster.
In addition, the vitamin A and C we listed above, contributes to the hair follicles that play an important role in the formation of sebum—adding to the suppleness of your hair.
And what about our skin? While real beauty is about your total energy that you project into the world, we all can’t help but be concerned about our skin, which is what we see in the mirror day in and day out.
Dark leafy greens have a positive effect on skin, due to its concentration of potassium, beta-carotene, fiber, and other vital nutrients. The antioxidants too, will help in repairing and renewing skin cells—giving you younger looking, fresher looking, glowing skin.
Swiss chard can even be grown in a range of soils and require very little light and water. Despite all of this, chard still provides such high amount of nutrients that it’s highly prized and is among the first crops being grown in planetary space stations for astronauts.
One reason it was chosen was due to its extremely valuable nutrient profile and ease of being harvested . Pretty cool, huh?! I’d say it’s out of this world! ????
I love chard for its versatility—being eaten raw in salads, braised, added to soups, stews, and YES, even smoothies.
Although Swiss chard is available throughout the year, its peak season runs from June through August. So let’s do it Beauties! It’s time to give our salads- and ourselves- a color, nutrient and beauty boost!
See this full tasty recipe below…
- 1 bunch rainbow chard
- 15 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
- 1 cucumber, chopped
- ½ head red cabbage, chopped
- Cilantro Parsley Dressing
- ½ cup fresh parsley
- ½ cup fresh cilantro
- ¼ medium red onion
- 1 garlic clove (optional)
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ¼ tsp cracked pepper
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 Tbs. lime juice
- 1 tsp. red wine vinegar
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- Layer the veggies over the rainbow chard
- Mix all sauce ingredients in food processor or high speed blender.
- Toss sauce in with salad. Serve and enjoy!
Have a great week Beauties!
Lots of love,