It is with my greatest pleasure that I am sharing this new Tropical Watercress Citrus Salad recipe with you today! Containing loads of powerful energy, sustaining fuel and beauty-boosting nutrition, I hope this salad becomes your new spring favorite. With just a few steps, you can put this salad together in a matter of minutes. Bring it to share at your next gathering with friends and family and they will be sure to thank you. Homemade salads are one of the best gifts to offer yourself and your loved ones!
The key to eating salads is to rotate your ingredients, especially your greens. By incorporating a wide variety of leafy greens into your diet, you’re more likely to ensure you’re covering all your bases in terms of vitamins and minerals. You don’t necessarily need to rotate every single day, either. You can eat this Tropical Watercress Citrus Salad a few times until you get through all your ingredients. Then switch to another leafy green veggie for your next salad. Just remember that there is no reason to get stuck in a rut when it comes to making salads. With so many nutrient-rich veggies to choose from, you can literally spend your entire life enjoying new creations!
Watercress: A High Energy Food
One of the most powerful and beneficial foods that you can consume, Beauties, is watercress. Like other sprouts, watercress is a super high energy food. Think of it like this. When watercress seeds become sprouts, they transition from a dormant state to actual living plants. At this point, the nutrition of those seeds multiplies, at some times up to 1000%! Their availability of minerals and vitamins dramatically increases during the sprouting phase. This is why all variations of sprouts are true superfoods! And that is why it is the star ingredient in my Tropical Watercress Citrus Salad recipe.
Crazy enough, watercress was once thought to be just a simple pesky little weed. That is until it became popular in the 17th century for its magical cleansing properties. As with other vegetables in the Brassicaceae family, watercress is a crucifer vegetable. Cruciferous vegetables can reduce inflammation in our bodies by activating detoxification enzymes. They can also clear free radicals from our systems while boosting immune functions in our bodies. When our bodies are free of inflammation and our immune function is thriving, our beauty can shine as it is meant to. And we all deserve to glow!
One thing that is special about my Tropical Watercress Citrus Salad recipe is its abundant source of vitamin K. Just one cup of watercress alone contains over 100% of your daily vitamin K needs. And a quick reminder, we want vitamin K in our diets to help us heal our skin and strengthen our bones. These are some powerful little weeds if you ask me. :)
Another one of my favorite ways to cleanse my body on a deeper level is by regularly taking Feel Good Detoxy 2.0. It gives your body what it needs to function best: oxygen. This special compound delivers oxygen through your digestive system to help flush out toxins. Keeping the body clean and reducing waste and toxicity is one of the keys to anti-aging, leaving you with more energy, better-looking skin, and aids in maintaining weight. Doesn’t that feel good?
Bring Sprouts Into Your Life
I really believe that sprouts, like watercress, are some of the most nourishing foods on the market. Yes, they are small little gems but they heal the body in powerful ways. Cost-wise, they are by far the most comprehensive nourishment for less money.
If you aren’t interested in purchasing your watercress, you can also try growing your own sprouts in your kitchen. A little gardening can do wonders for the mind. Plus, this way you can have easy access to these fresh gems all the time. It’s as simple as adding a few tablespoons of water to a jar with your seeds in it in the morning. Covering the sprouts during the day and draining the water in the evening.
Use your sprouts in my Tropical Watercress Citrus Salad recipe, in your veggie wraps, on top of lentil soup or even in smoothies. An important thing to note is that much of the nutritive value of sprouts is lost when they are heated. While other veggies can be enjoyed cooked, sprouts are delicate little guys that should always be added to your smoothie or meals in their raw form. This will guarantee that they have the most impact.
Avocado: Ideal Source of Beauty Fat
The tropical avocado is the perfect addition to this Tropical Watercress Citrus Salad. With it’s a creamy texture and beautifying oils, I just love the way it tastes with greens and other fruits. Plus, it really helps provide that long-burning fuel many salads are lacking. If you are like most people, you want to enjoy a salad that is not only filled with good energy sources but is also satisfying. This Watercress Tropical Citrus Salad offers the extra energy we all can use throughout the day.
One of the reasons why avocados are an ideal source of beauty fat is because they contain water. This actually makes them an easy source of fat to digest. However you want to be mindful of what you eat avocado with. For example, an avocado eaten with protein would be too much on your digestive system. Instead eat them with greens or non-starchy vegetables. For a deeper understanding of proper food combining, be sure to check out my very first book, The Beauty Detox Solution. In this book I go into great detail about all food pairings that are crucial to amazing digestion.
One of the most wonderful foods for your diet is avocado. Its fats are useful for lubricating the digestive system and for rejuvenating the skin’s moisture. Plus it has around ten grams of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which helps control blood sugar levels. And when our levels are stable, our energy is as well!
Mangos: Rich With Nutrients
If you have been following my recipes Beauties you’ve certainly seen me write about all the amazing benefits that mangos provide. So it should come to no surprised to you why I added it into this Tropical Watercress Citrus Salad recipe. Not only do delicious mangos contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They also provide you with optimum health and beauty! Just one cup of mangos contains over 100% of your daily vitamin C needs. It also gives you 35% of your vitamin A!
These powerful antioxidants have the power to neutralize free radicals throughout the body, which will help to fight against premature aging. Another way to help give your skin all the extra love and attention it deserves is to slather it with the top-notch skincare products. Have you seen our newest Feel Good Skincare System? This plant-based, non-toxic skincare is rich in nutrients, protective antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory botanicals that deliver visible skin-firming results. Made with organic & 100% plant-based ingredients, paraben-free & phthalate free, gluten free, Non-GMO, vegan, certified cruelty free and made in the USA.
Do you know that just one cup of mango provides you with 20% of your daily folate needs? Folate helps the body make red blood cells and supports healthy cardiovascular function. In that same one cup of mangos, your body also receives 10% of its daily vitamin B6 requirements. Vitamin B6 plays a significant role in the body’s cognitive development and immune function.
Some other stand-out mango benefits are that they are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. They are also an excellent source of dietary fiber, which is crucial to regular and safe elimination. This sweet fruit is even rich in minerals, like magnesium, potassium, and copper. Mangos deliver wonderful nutritional value and make this Tropical Watercress Citrus Salad recipe a delightful sensory experience!
Let’s Get Cooking!
Okay, I can go on all day about all the amazing nutrients that this Tropical Watercress Citrus Salad has to offer. Instead, let me let you get to making this beautiful creation. Just remember to tag me in your masterpieces on Instagram so that I can see them! And if you are on Pinterest, be sure to tag this recipe and pin it to your favorite salad boards.
- 3 cups of watercress
- 1 orange, peeled and sliced into quarters
- 2 cups of spinach
- 1 mango, peeled, deseeded and cut into cubes
- 1 avocado, peeled and sliced into quarters
- Dressing Ingredients
- 2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbs. Champagne vinegar
- 1 orange, juiced
- ½ lemon, juiced
- 1 tsp. coconut nectar
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- Place your watercress and spinach into a large salad bowl.
- Add your salad dressing ingredients into a jar and stir together until you reach a smooth consistency.
- Pour your salad dressing over your salad and toss well.
- Layer on your mango, orange, and avocado.
- Serve up on your favorite plates and enjoy!
Lots of Love, Beauties!